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UN High Commissioner for Refugees Stresses Link Between Climate Change and Forced Displacements

High Commissioner António Guterres opens the 59th annual meeting of UNHCR's governing Executive Committee 6 October 2008: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

António Guterres told the opening session of his agency's governing Executive

Committee, which met in Geneva, Switzerland, from 2-6 October 2006, that

climate change, extreme poverty and conflict are increasingly inter-related,

leading to a surge in forced displacement rising and demands on the UNHCR.

He

added that an increasing number of people are “on the move… to look for greater

security and better opportunities” as a result of global warming and the greater

incidence of disasters. He explained that spending from the Agency's

Operational Reserve on emergencies increased from $34 to over $87 million

between 2006 and 2007, is expected to be around $150 million for 2008, and

stressed the importance of donor confidence and increased support. [UNHCR Press Release] [The Statement]