Migration is a fundamental part of human behaviour. Climate change, environmental pollution, natural disasters, violent conflicts, economic insecurity are some of the reasons why people migrate. While inequalities and power structures exacerbate the reasons to leave one’s home, the lines between forced and chosen migration are rarely clear.

Our social democratic vision for the future is a world in which migration is a free choice and mobility is based on the values of human rights and global solidarity. Based on the Global Compacts on Migration and on Refugees, and the Sustainable Development Goals and through close collaboration with the UN Network on Migration, OHCHR, the Treaty Body System, Special Rapporteurs, and civil society we work to strengthen the promotion and protection of human rights of all migrants.



Policy Brief - Social Protection for Climate Justice: Why and how?

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Over the past two decades, climate change has altered and significantly exacerbated both individual and collective risks and impacts. Climate change effects are felt worldwide, but it is the most vulnerable population groups in low-income countries who are disproportionally exposed to climate-change related risks. Strengthening social protection systems, especially in those countries most affected by climate risk, is a contribution to climate justice. As we strive toward climate justice for all people in all countries, investment in social protection system building with climate finance mechanisms should form part of nationally determined action to mitigate climate change effects.

This policy brief from the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors (GCSPF) argues for a strategic use of climate funding, and in particular for its use in strengthening rights-based social protection systems. Social protection is an important mechanism in managing climate-change related risks and their social and economic consequences as a short-term response to extreme weather events, but also supports people in adapting to climate change in the long-term. The critical role of social protection in strengthening resilience to climate change has been recognized by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which recommends that climate adaptation should be integrated into social protection programmes.

FES is a founding member of both the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors and the Global Partnership for Universal Social Protection, which is coordinated by the ILO and the World Bank to realise the Sustainable Development Goals (USP2030).

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FES’ new paper Towards More Ambitious Goals offers a civil society perspective on the first IMRF and learning from that. At the mid-point between IMRF…



Hacia objetivos más ambiciosos

Sheill, Kate; Townhead, Laurel

Hacia objetivos más ambiciosos

Reflexiones sobre el Primer Foro de la Migración Internacional
Bonn, 2024

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Towards more ambitious goals

Sheill, Kate; Townhead, Laurel

Towards more ambitious goals

Reflections on the First International Migrationv Review Forum
Bonn, 2024

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Reconstruir mejor

Reconstruir mejor

Un llamamiento a ser valientes
Berlin, 2021

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Reconstruire en mieux

Reconstruire en mieux

Un appel au courage
Berlin, 2020

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