IRC Session

Climate Change and a New Reality of Urban Displacement – Risks & Opportunities
29 September, 2-3:30 pm

Sudden and slow effects of climate change factor into forced and voluntary migration of different people, with the primary destinations mostly being urban centres. Resulting in the expansion of informal neighbourhoods, often with pre-existing socioeconomic and environmental vulnerabilities - managing increasing levels of urban populations at risk poses new challenges for city administrations, civil society and the private sector alike, especially in fragile countries.

During this session, risks of and solutions to increased urban violence and insecurity as a result of climate-change induced rural to urban migration were discussed. The session provided an overview of global research and trends regarding the links between climate change, urban migration and risks to increased violence. The speakers provided insights into their responses to these new challenges, covering the following main themes: urban peace and resilience building, ensuring healthy growing urban environments and climate change mitigation through regeneration and green jobs.


Lucy EarlePrincipal researcher Human Settlements, International Institute for Environment and Development


  • Lamia Rashid, Deputy Regional Director – East Africa, International Rescue Committee
  • Jay Patel, CEO, Enlight Institute
  • Dr. Ebru A. Gencer, Executive Director, Center for Urban Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience (CUDRR+R)
  • Karen Hetz, Urban Management of Internal Migration due to Climate Change (UMIMCC)and Urban Management of Migration and Livelihoods (UMML), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
  • Catherine-Lune Grayson, Policy Advisory, International Committee of the Red Cross
This event can be re-watched here.