We have just concluded our participation in the GFMD Civil Society Days 2020 in Quito, Ecuador.

These are civil society’s key recommendations to world leaders:

#1. The effects of climate change are often borderless, therefore, tackling them requires collective action which involves national and local state actors, climate change experts, academics, and also regional civil society networks.
The links between climate change and human mobility are complex, yet the focus should remain on climate change. Focusing too much on migration and displacement numbers risks feeding into a narrative of “invasion”.

#2. Cities can play a major role in keeping migrants safe. In that sense, sanctuary cities are an important alternative to the criminalization of migrants and migration.

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