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Environmental Justice & Climate Change; Human Rights Defenders; Indigenous Rights; Working GroupsIn-Person Gatherings

Climate-Forced Displacement: The Unique Challenges & Contributions of Indigenous Communities (CANCELED)

Monday, September 23, 2019
1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

UN Church Center
777 United Nations Plaza, Level 10, New York, New York, 10017
(Corner of 44th Street and First Avenue)

The havoc wrought by the climate crisis does not impact all people equally. Residents of coastal and delta regions are disproportionately impacted by internal displacement due to severe weather events. Further, First and Indigenous peoples, who have contributed the least to the climate crisis, experience some of the most severe climate change impacts as they are the ones living closest to the land and have a very vital and important role to play.

This UN General Assembly Climate Action Summit side event will highlight the unique challenges and contributions that Indigenous communities experience and hold in addressing the spectrum of risks associated with climate-forced displacement, including the crucial need for industrialized countries to raise ambitions for greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions.


  • Patricia Ferguson-Bohnee, Director, Indian Legal Clinic, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, member of the Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe
  • Hon. Samuelu Laloniu, Tuvalu’s Permanent Representative to the UN
  • Hon. Robert Sisilo, Solomon Islands Permanent Representative to the UN
  • Rachel Freed (Moderator), Vice President, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)

Presented By: Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC); Human Rights Funders Network (HRFN); International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP); UUSC UN Office; HRFN Environmental Justice, Climate Change and Human Rights Working Group; & Permanent Mission of the Solomon Islands to the UN.

To RSVP, please email: mfinn@uusc.org

  • UUSC UNGA Climate Side Event Flyer CFD HRFN Co-sponspored and EJ WG_9_23_19