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Recordings from the closing panel session at the Kaldor Centre Virtual Conference 202: 'Whose move? Addressing migration and displacement in the face of climate change', held on 21 October 2021. When two of the most contentious policy debates collide – climate change and displacement – how can we build support for those most affected? Who gets a voice? Can we expect meaningful commitments at the COP26 negotiations in Glasgow, and what might happen next? With first-hand insight from international negotiators, activists and affected communities, this panel interrogated ways to build understanding and promote empowering policies for a humane way forward.

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About the speakers

Nisreen Elsaim, Chair, UN Secretary General's Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change

Nisreen Elsaim is an environmental and climate activist, and is Chair of the UN Secretary General’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change. She is the Chair of the Sudan Youth Organization on Climate Change, and is General Coordinator for the Youth and Environment - Sudan (YES) platform, which facilitates networking amongst young environmental activists. Nisreen has engaged in activism since 2012, and has mentored many young people through regional and international platforms including YOUNGO, PACJA, Abu Dhabi Youth Voices, and others. She is a junior negotiator with the African Group of Negotiators on technology transfer, focusing on countries’ policies on climate change and renewable energies. She has written several policy papers in climate change, renewable energy, gender and youth empowerment. She holds a Bachelor of Science in physics and a Master of Science in renewable energy from the University of Khartoum, Sudan.

Alex Randall, Senior Programme Lead, Climate and Migration Coalition

Alex Randall is a leading expert in climate-driven migration and displacement, with over 15 years of experience leading projects on the connection between climate change, migration and human rights. He sits on the civil society consultative committee of the Platform on Disaster Displacement and the advisory board of the HABITABLE project. Alex has led advocacy work focused on several global policy processes, covering the UNFCCC, Sustainable Development Goals, and Refugee and Migration Compacts, with a focus on protection for people vulnerable to climate change impacts. He has provided policy guidance to national and city governments and several major international agencies, including the United Nations Refugee Agency and International Organization for Migration. His published work includes journal articles and book chapters exploring the public perception of climate change and the representation of climate driven migration within civil society organizations.

Koko Warner, UN Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Koko Warner manages the Vulnerability Subdivision at UN Climate Change (UNFCCC), where she guides the adaptation knowledge hub, helping scale up adaptation action, and the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform. She is an IPCC lead author for the Special Report on Climate Change and Land, and 5th Assessment Report on climate impacts, adaptation and vulnerability. She is a Visiting Fellow at Perry World House at the University of Pennsylvania focusing on climate change and migration. Previously at UNFCCC, she supervised the loss and damage workstream, operationalizing the Task Force on Displacement which delivered the most substantial recommendations on climate action for human mobility in international climate policy. Prior to 2016, Koko pioneered the field of climate change and migration at United Nations University, including helping to introduce the first empirical evidence and shepherding the first decision on migration in international climate policy. The International Council of Science named Koko one of the top 20 in the climate change debate for this work.

Martijn Wilder, Founding Partner, Pollination Group

With a background in economics and law, Martijn Wilder AM is focused on developing innovative policies, ideas and investments that enable our economies to rapidly transition to net zero, while at the same time preserving our natural ecosystems. He has retained over many years the accolade of the world’s leading climate change lawyer and the Star Individual by Chambers Global Law Guide. He was head of Baker McKenzie’s global climate law and finance practice for 20 years and continues to play a key role with Australia’s clean energy finance institutions. He was Chair of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), a former founding Director of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and a former Director of the Climate Council. He helped establish and later Chair the Federal Government’s Low Carbon Australia finance body. He is currently President of WWF-Australia and Chair of NSW Climate Change Council. He is Adjunct Professor of International Climate Change Law at Australian National University, and a Member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists. Martijn was a Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholar and awarded an Australian Honour (AM) for his contribution to climate change law and the environment, and was winner of the 2018 Financial Times Asia Pacific Legal Innovator of the Year.

Chair: Linh Do, Head of Campaign Networks, Climate Catalyst

Linh Do is the Head of Campaign Networks at Climate Catalyst and a board member at Climate Action Network Australia. She is passionate about climate justice and social inequality and has spent the last decade working across advocacy and engagement, media and social enterprise. In the lead up to the Paris negotiations, she served as the publisher and editor-in-chief of The Verb. There she worked with a global team to localise and humanise stories from the UN climate change negotiations. Linh was most recently Australia and Pacific lead for The Climate Reality Project, Al Gore’s climate change leadership program, and brought over 800 people together in Brisbane during Climate Week Queensland. Linh has worked with a wide array of individuals from high school students to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the Reuters Foundation. She is a co-founder of the technology start-up OurSay, formerly led the community organising program at the Australian Conservation Foundation and has worked with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) on communicating policy. Her work has been featured in Al Jazeera, Vogue, the Huffington Post and the Washington Post amongst others.

 

All panel session recordings from the Kaldor Centre Virtual Conference 2021: 'Whose move? Addressing migration and displacement in the face of climate change' are now available to view at our youtube channel.
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