Framing Environmental Degradation, Human Mobility and Human Development as a “Matter of Common Concern”

    On average, 22.5 million people move each year within and across borders because of climate and weather-related disasters. Alongside those who move are those who stay behind or are trapped in severe conditions of vulnerability where habitation on land might no longer be possible. Furthermore, these impacts are not distributed equally; we know that those who have least contributed to anthropogenic climate change are affected the most. Without concerted action and a reconfiguration of State sovereignty and interests, this global problem cannot be effectively addressed.


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    Prof. Elisa Fornalé appointed as Co-Rapporteur of the ILA Committee focusing on the Protection of Affected Persons in the Context of Sea Level Rise

    Prof. Elisa Fornalé hosted the Virtual Meeting of the International Law Association (ILA) on 22 November 2021.
    Prof. Fornalé as co-rapporteur of the ILA Committee together with Prof. Davor Vidas (chair) and Prof. David Freestone (co-rapporteur), introduced and discussed with members of the Committee the first draft Report that will be presented at the Lisbon ILA Conference in June 2022.
    Two new members who joined the Committee were officially welcomed: Prof. Frida Armas-Pfirter (of the Argentine ILA branch) and Prof. Giuseppe Nesi (of the Italian ILA branch). Prof. Nesi has recently also been appointed as new member of the International Law Commission
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    Expert consultation: Perspectives on CEDAW´s future General Recomendation No 40

    25 - 26 September 2023

    The week from 25 to 29 September, the GQUAL Campaign hosted a thematic expert consultation at the American University Washington College of Law in Washington D.C. to inform the drafting process of the UN CEDAW Committee’s future General Recommendation 40 on women’s equal and inclusive participation in decision-making systems, together with Academy of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and American University Washington College of Law, and in collaboration with the CEDAW Committee. SNSF Professor Dr. Elisa Fornalé participated in the expert consultation that brought together more than 40 global leaders from critical fields - including international and human rights law, peace and security, humanitarianism, foreign policy and diplomacy, international trade and arbitration, among others - to discuss key issues, norms and practices. aspects of women's right to equal and inclusive participation in international representation and decision-making.

    5th Swiss Symposium on Refugee and Migrant Health - Climate Change and Migration

    15 September 2023

    WTI's CLIMCO2 team presented at the 5th Swiss Symposium on Refugee and Migrant Health which took place on 15 September at the Inselspital, University Hospital Bern. The title of the intervention was "Recognition and Protection of Environmental Migrants: New Legal Challenges".
    The focus of this year's symposium was a discussion with experts on the complex relationship between climate change and migration. The negative impacts of climate change on health, human rights protection and migration flows were discussed.
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    The Promise of Women’s Equal Representation and Participation in International Decision-Making

    12 July 2023

    SNSF Professor Dr. Elisa Fornalé co-organised with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (TBC) and GQUAL Campaign the SIDE EVENT – 53rd Session of the Human Rights Council entitled "The Promise of Women’s Equal Representation and Participation in International Decision-Making" that took place on 12 July 2023 at Room XXIV, Palais des Nations, Geneva.
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    Neuchâtel Graduate Conference 2023

    Migration and Im/Mobility in Times of Entangled Crises

    11 - 12 July 2023

    The Neuchâtel Graduate Conference (NGC) is an international graduate conference organized by the nccr – on the move, Swiss National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) for migration and mobility studies. It provides a stimulating environment in which PhD and Postdoctoral fellows from different universities and research institutions can exchange ideas, establish networks, and initiate collaborative research.

    The 6th edition takes place from 11 to 12 July 2023 in Neuchâtel, providing opportunities to meet other researchers in formal and informal gatherings. The topic is ‘Migration and Im/Mobility in Times of Entangled Crises.’

    SNSF Professor Dr. Elisa Fornalé will participate as a mentor in the panel "Migration and Mobility in Times of Climate Crisis"
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    AspirE examines the decision-making of aspiring (re)migrants in 11 countries across Asia and Europe

    A humanising research framework is at the core of this collaborative project

    9 - 10 July 2023

    SNSF Professor Dr. Elisa Fornalé participated as a member of the EXTERNAL EXPERT ADVISORY BOARD (EEAB) MEMBER of the HORIZON-CL2-2022-TRANSFORMATIONS-01-04 research project Decision making of aspiring (re)migrants to and within the EU: the case of labour market-leading migrations from Asia.
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    Meeting of Mediterranean territories for climate action

    22 - 23 June 2023

    On 9 June 2023, the University of Bern World Trade Institute (WTI) co-organised, together with Fridtjof Nansens Intitutt (FNI), an international conference on sea level rise. The conference, as well as the meeting of the Committee on International Law and Sea Level Rise held in conjunction with it on 10 June, were chaired by FNI Research Professor Davor Vidas and SNSF Professor Dr. Elisa Fornalé (WTI). Held in Bern, Switzerland, this was yet another in a row of international conferences on sea level rise that the FNI set up together with universities and other institutions in several countries.
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    Bern conference on sea level rise

    9 June 2023

    On 9 June 2023, the University of Bern World Trade Institute (WTI) co-organised, together with Fridtjof Nansens Intitutt (FNI), an international conference on sea level rise. The conference, as well as the meeting of the Committee on International Law and Sea Level Rise held in conjunction with it on 10 June, were chaired by FNI Research Professor Davor Vidas and SNSF Professor Dr. Elisa Fornalé (WTI). Held in Bern, Switzerland, this was yet another in a row of international conferences on sea level rise that the FNI set up together with universities and other institutions in several countries.
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    Dalla non discriminazione alle pari opportunità

    8 March 2023

    Un itinerario di confronto, di ricerca e di sperimentazione di buone prassi a UNISA

    SNSF Professor Dr. Elisa Fornalé, spoke at the international study conference on the occasion of International Women's Day on 8 March 2023, held in the "Aula Magna Vincenzo Buonocore", edificio A2 campus di Fisciano, Università degli Studi di Salerno.
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    Riconoscimento e protezione dei migranti ambientali: una sfida per l’Europa

    3 March 2023

    SNSF Professor Dr. Elisa Fornalé, spoke at the III lecture in the series "Migrazioni forzate e cambiamenti climatici" organised by "Gruppo Volontari per i Rifugiati della MCLI di Berna" and titled: "Riconoscimento e protezione dei migranti ambientali: una sfida per l’Europa", held on Friday 3 March 2023 at 19.30 at the "Sala Teatro della Missione cattolica di lingua italiana", Bovetstrasse 1, 3007 Bern.

    Equal and inclusive representation of women in decision-making systems

    23 February 2023

    SNSF Professor Dr. Elisa Fornalé and The GQUAL Campaign, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, invite you to attend the upcoming conference titled "Equal and inclusive representation of women in decision-making systems"to be held on 23 February 2023 from 13.00 to 14.30 at Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (Cassese Room), Villa Moynier, Rue de Lausanne 120B, 1211 Geneva. The conference intends to highlight the importance of the process initiated by the Committee with a broad audience of stakeholders and contribute to the discussion by engaging experts on a dynamic conversation addressing key issues. The event will consist of a dynamic conversation in which the panelists will answer a question introduced by the moderator and will then have the opportunity to react to the presentations of the other panel participants. Each panelist will have an initial 7 minutes to answer the question and another 3 minutes for closing remarks. The event will have opening and closing remarks and will be followed by a reception.
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