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Climate-related events such as floods, cyclones, and droughts are widely recognized as a possible important contributors (among others) to displacement, and their significance is increasingly acknowledged. At the same time, extreme weather events pose a considerable challenge to the dignified lives of displaced people, whose living conditions are often precarious due to physical and social marginalisation. While there are ongoing concerns regarding the implication of global warming on these phenomena, humanitarians are increasingly recognising and engaging with the intersection between climate change and displacement with both traditional and alternative approaches.
The humanitarian sector places great importance on ensuring and promoting the alleviation of suffering (or 'humanity') for affected individuals, which serves as the primary basis for humanitarian actions. When addressing the intersection of climate change and displacement, humanitarians seek to understand how this convergence leads to human suffering, thus justifying their actions. In this process, the intersection of climate change and displacement are represented as a humanitarian concern in a particular manner.
Recognizing that the intersection between climate change and displacement can be contextual and socially constructed, this panel explores various humanitarian approaches to this complex issue. What forms of human sufferings do humanitarians prioritize? How practical are current and emerging approaches? To enrich our understanding of the proposed agenda, this panel invites theoretical and empirical insights from affected people, civil society, academia, practitioners and other relevant actors working on climate change, disasters, displacement, and humanitarian action.