Designing a Climate Change Displacement Coordination Facility: Key Issues for COP 21

Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School, September 2015

19 Pages Posted: 28 Oct 2015 Last revised: 29 Oct 2015

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Jessica Wentz

Columbia University - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

Michael Burger

Columbia University - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

Date Written: September 1, 2015

Abstract

There have been several proposals to include a “climate change displacement coordination facility” in the upcoming UNFCCC agreement, but there has been very little public discussion about what this facility would entail and how it would operate. This briefing note highlights some of the functions that the displacement coordination facility could fulfill, as well as some key questions for negotiators in the lead-up to COP 21 and subsequent talks. The note is not intended to be a proposal for how the facility should operate, nor do the functions highlighted below necessarily reflect what is politically or economically feasible. Rather, the note is intended to outline a broad array of considerations for decision-makers as they contemplate whether and how to proceed with the displacement coordination facility.

Keywords: UNFCCC, COP 21, climate displacement, climate migration, climate refugees loss and damage, climate change, sea level rise

Suggested Citation

Wentz, Jessica and Burger, Michael, Designing a Climate Change Displacement Coordination Facility: Key Issues for COP 21 (September 1, 2015). Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School, September 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2680378

Jessica Wentz (Contact Author)

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Michael Burger

Columbia University - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law ( email )

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New York, NY 10027
United States

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