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Climate change will increase number of displaced persons, UN agency says

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b5363 (Published 07 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5363
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

    If current predictions are proved to be accurate, climate change could lead to large scale population movements that will require a coordinated response by the international community, the United Nations’ high commissioner for refugees has said.

    António Guterres, who is due to address the Copenhagen summit on climate this week, cautioned in a recent position paper: “Although there is a growing awareness of the perils of climate change, its likely impact on human displacement and mobility has received too little attention.”

    His agency, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), points out: “The impact of climate change, which already challenges UNHCR’s operations, adds to the scale and complexity of human mobility and displacement. It contributes …

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