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.

    Project ClimCo2 (Climate change, Migration and Common Concern) aims to frame environmental degradation, labour mobility and human development as a matter of common concern and to adopt a fresh approach to environmental migration governance. In order to explore and assess the legal implications of this theory in context, our project adopts a case study of the South Pacific region. You can find more information about our research areas, team, events and publications.

    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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    Cambiamenti climatici e pace, migrazioni e inclusione

    SNSF Professor Dr. Elisa Fornalé spoke at the conference titled "Climate Change and Peace, Migration and Inclusion" held on 28 May at the “Sala del Giudizio” of the City Museum in Rimini, part of the intercultural event “Interactions” that this year is entitled "S-Climate Change", a project entitled “OrientaMenti” in Citizenship from School to Work. The conference also included the presentation of the exhibition of diffuse contemporary art “(IM)PERSISTENZE”, curated by Marica Franchini, teacher of painting disciplines at the artistic high school "A. Serpieri" in Rimini, and her class, the 5th T, scheduled at the City Museum and the Mier Concept Place.


    Gender and Climate Change: an update from the Sixty-Sixth Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

    29 March 2022

    The occasion of the webinar is the work of the sixty-sixth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66) that took place from 14 to 25 March, 2022. The webinar offers the opportunity to discuss the key messages, challenges and opportunities emerged from CSW66 and the priority theme: 'Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction policies, and programmes'. SNSF Professor Dr. Elisa Fornalé will focus on the human rights implications of the gender-environmental nexus.

    Climate Change Inaction and Children’s Rights

    Commentaries by Dr. Elisa Fornalé and Tamara Köhler

    20 January 2022
    Dr. Elisa Fornalé, Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) Professor at the World Trade Institute (WTI), University of Bern and Tamara Köhler, her research assistant for the SNSF Project Climate Change and Human Mobility, discuss the UN Child Rights Committee ruling on a historic petition brought forward by 16 children against Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany and Turkey for failing to prevent and mitigate the consequences of climate change (Nos. 104-108/2019).
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    Prof. Elisa Fornalé is invited to become a Member of the Newly Launched WTO Gender Research Hub

    The aim of this initiative is to deepen the understanding of the impact of trade on women and gender equality. The Hub serves as a knowledge-gathering platform where the latest research is shared.

    The Hub includes trade and gender researchers and experts from the WTO Secretariat, seven international organisations and regional organisations, four members of the WTO's Chairs Programme (Mexico, Chile, Barbados and South Africa), and eight universities.

    Gender experts from the private sector, non-governmental organisations and think-tanks will also be invited, on an ad-hoc basis, to present recent findings from current research, to share new perspectives and to expand multidisciplinary research on trade and gender issues.

    For more details about the WTO Gender Research Hub, please clickhere

    The CLI_M_CO2 Project is funded under the grant No. PP00P1163700 by the Swiss National Foundation Research.
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