Vol. 1 No. 1 (2020): Global Connections
Articles - Capstones

Collaboration in International Policy for the Climate Displaced

Published May 14, 2020


This essay analyzes the problem of displacement caused by climate change, focusing on issues of climate justice and the protection of climate displaced peoples (CDPs) and arguing for the creation of a collaborative cross-UN framework for CDPs, the numbers of whom are projected to grow drastically in the next thirty years. Informed by a critical analysis of documents from international organizations like the World Bank and UNHCR, among others, it articulates a set of criteria for successful integration of resettled CDPs to be utilized in the formation of a CDP framework. These criteria are formulated based on an understanding of the literature on the topic and the gaps present in current policy regarding CDPs. The essay then analyzes two cases of resettlement, one past and one ongoing, in order to demonstrate past issues in resettlement and to hypothesize the positive impacts that such a framework could have on climate displacement in the future by helping to fill gaps in policy. Based on this research and analysis, this essay concludes that a cross-UN framework could feasibly be pursued in order to provide CDPs with comprehensive protection