UPDATED Briefing Note on Human Mobility in Nationally Determined Contributions

March 24, 2022

Resource Type

Policy Brief



Geographical Focus

Created On :
March 24, 2022

Increasingly, climate change has become an underlying driver of human mobility that shapes and alters existing movement patterns or opens up new movement corridors around the world. This briefing note examines the extent to which the different dimensions of human mobility - migration, disaster displacement, and planned relocation - have been integrated into the revised, updated, and newly submitted Nationally Determined Contributions under the Paris Agreement.

Out of the 156 parties who have submitted their revised, updated, or first NDCs in 2020-2022 so far, 61 (39%) make some form of reference to human mobility, the majority of them in Africa, Asia, and South and Central America. Based on these submissions, the percentage of NDCs that mention human mobility in some form seems to have increased considerably compared to the first round of submissions, highlighting the importance of human mobility in the context of climate change as a key issue for national adaptation planning, national policies and actions, and activities in the lead-up to COP27 for many countries around the world, particularly developing countries in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and South and Central America.

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