United Nations University - Institute for Environment & Human Security (UNU-EHS) Quarterly Newsletter No.3
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Season’s Greetings from Jakob Rhyner, Director UNU-EHS

Dear Readers,

An important year for climate action is coming to an end and here at UNU-EHS we reflect on the important milestones achieved and the work that lies ahead next year.

Last Saturday, at the conclusion of COP21 in Paris, 195 nations adopted a new climate agreement leading the way to a more sustainable future. UNU-EHS was well represented at this monumental occasion, with UNU-EHS colleagues taking a leading role in hosting, organizing, and presenting at two press briefings and several side events on the topics of human mobility related to climate change and climate risk insurance. 

Climate Change and Migration: The World Must Be Prepared

(Originally published in The Huffington Post)

In the lead up to the climate negotiations in Paris and against the background of an ongoing refugee crisis in Europe, we call on the international community to pursue a protection framework for environmental migrants and people displaced because of climate stressors.

Cities: Drivers of risk or resilience?

This article focuses on Sustainable Development Goal #11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. It is part of UNU’s “17 Days, 17 Goals” series, featuring research and commentary in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, 25-27 September 2015 in New York City.



Chasing a climate deal in Paris – Not waiting for oceans to rise, some islanders seek new homes
(Originally published in New York Times)

As cyclones, floods, storm surges, irregular rains, rising sea levels and saltwater intrusion of freshwater supplies ravage their homes, a small but substantial number of Pacific Islanders are not waiting to see their land disappear. They are getting out, or trying to.

Five facts on climate migrants

Did you know that climate migrants are not legally considered refugees according to international refugee law? This article breaks down five facts on climate migrants and sheds some light on this often misunderstood issue. 

In the Media

Hungry people forced into downward spiral by disastersThomson Reuters

On climate frontlines, Pacific islanders consider moving - Thomson Reuters

Low-lying island nations to face rising seas, migration hurdlesDPA International 

For a full overview of media coverage:


Call for papers

Present your ideas at a Special Session of the GI-Forum, 5th-8th July, 2016 in Salzburg, Austria. Contributions are invited on spatial analysis, integrated assessment and novel visualization/ communication approaches to risk and vulnerability. Deadline for submission: February 1st 2016.


New Publications

WorldRiskReport 2015 
The WorldRiskReport 2015, focused this year on the relationship between disaster risk and food (in-) security. Read More

Pacific Climate Change and Migration Project findings factsheet

A factsheet summarizing key findings from field work conducted in Kiribati, Nauru and Tuvalu.
Read More

Climate Risk Insurance for the Poor Factsheet
A Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII) factsheet on success factors and enabling conditions for the G7 InsuResilience Initiative. 
Read More

Journal Articles

Geospatial Health
Use of an ecologically relevant modelling approach to improve remote sensing-based schistosomiasis risk profiling. 
Read More 

PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Modeling and validation of environmental suitability for schistosomiasis transmission using remote sensing. Read More

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