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Regional and international participations:

Nansen conference on Climate Change CC and displacement, Oslo

During the period 5th – 7th June 2011 JASMAR represented by its General Manager Dr. Hussein Elobeid participated in the CC and displacement conference. The conference was attended by 200 participants from 35 countries. Africa representatives came from Sudan (JASMAR GM, the State Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Sudan Ambassador), Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique, Ethiopia and Niger.

The conference aimed to develop a milestone towards an international convention on CC and displacement.

The conference discussed current status and way forward of policy frameworks to increase resilience to CC and displacement.

Also discussed prevention of forced displacement, institutional and rights based approaches. Furthermore, the conference discussed the international protection regimes cater for the protection of people displaced by climate-related disasters and what can be done to enhance protection. The humanitarian response and capacity has been discussed also.

The conference has also addressed the issues of response to climate-related displacement need to be guided by the fundamental principles of humanity, human dignity, human rights and international cooperation. Moreover, states should develop polices and institutions as well as allocate adequate resources for protection of climate-related displaced populations. The leadership and engagement of local governments and communities, civil society and private sector are needed to address effectively the challenges posed by CC including those linked to human mobility.

The conference side-events included visit to Nobel Peace Centre, tour and dinner in Oslo Town Hall, boat trip to FRAM Island where the delegation visited the Maritime Museum. The delegation also witnessed celebration event of race against malaria in Africa which was organized by Red Cross and honored by Usain Bolt.

 

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