February 10, 2020

The Warsaw International Mechanism’s Taskforce on Displacement: Exemplifying the Necessity for Cross-Sectoral Practice

Keziah D. Groth-Tuft

For international lawyers involved in international negotiations around sustainable development or similar complex issues, it is becoming increasingly important to understand multiple areas of law and their interconnections. Sitting in the negotiating room at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 25th Conference of the Parties (COP25) reviewing the Warsaw International Mechanism on Loss and Damage (WIM), one would likely be lost without an understanding of, at the very least, humanitarian, climate change, and international development law. By discussing the relative successes of the WIM’s Task Force on Displacement (TFD) and introducing two new bodies created under the WIM at COP25, this article suggests that the TFD’s success can be used as a case study to demonstrate the importance of coordinating across “silos” in international environmental and development policy and law when resources are scarce but need is imminent.

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