New Challenges to Human Security: Environmental Change and Human Mobility
Environmental changes shape internal and external patterns of human movement around the globe—both sudden, large-scale displacement and the more difficult to track slow-onset migration. These changes in many cases put human security at risk. Increasingly, climate change and man-made environmental shifts have profound implications for global patterns of mobility and resettlement. To explore how climate change drives migration, and discuss how global patterns of mobility and resettlement are likely to affect stability and security around the world, in the fall of 2016 the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy convened a working group on “New Challenges to Human Security: Environmental Change and Human Mobility.” Experts in climate change, migration, and security policy joined a number of senior policymakers to explore the nexus between climate change and human security, focusing on environment-linked migration and its implications for policy.
The ISD working group produced a set of Guiding Principles for policymakers, non-governmental organizations, and international institutions to incorporate into their near-term planning.