Adviser for the Third Committee
New York, New York
October 18, 2022
The United States thanks the Special Rapporteur for his report on climate change, human rights, and migration. Migration is increasingly a response to the impacts of climate change on food insecurity, economic livelihoods, and security. It requires careful management to ensure it is safe, orderly, and humane.
U.S.-supported programs on agricultural adaptation, resilience, disaster risk reduction, and nature-based solutions help communities and countries prepare for and manage climate change impacts. These programs have the potential to reduce migration-inducing pressures and serve as instruments to support migration with dignity. U.S. foreign assistance promotes inclusion of marginalized groups, justice, equity, and gender and racial equality.
Significant action to address migration affected by climate change needs the buy-in and leadership from governments and other national stakeholders working across borders. We intend to engage with the international community on multilateral mechanisms that drive global engagements and forge holistic solutions around migration and climate change.
The United States is committed to an International Organization for Migration (IOM) that is responsive to migrants and vulnerable populations it serves, IOM member states, and IOM’s workforce. We would like to share that we have nominated Amy Pope as IOM Director General for her vision to create such an organization.
How can states more effectively address climate change impacts on migration?