Beyond basic protections, many displaced people today face grave dangers because they defy the legal parameters used by policymakers to define them as a migrant or a refugee, and to determine the rights they are entitled to.
A new study demonstrates how poorly conceived policies that restrict the flow of money between migrants and their home countries could have drastic, far-reaching, socio-economic consequences.
Recent crop shortages in Japan are reminders that climate change is uncharted territory which requires an integrated approach that safeguards landscapes, culture, biodiversity and traditional practices to create living libraries of resilience.
As UN Member States begin the process of developing a global compact on safe, orderly and regular migration, they must put special focus on protecting the rights, risks and motivations of migrant children.
The Sendai Framework, while falling short of expectations on many fronts, took some important steps towards integrating lessons from the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Experiences from Fukushima show that providing channels for public participation and dialogue is a crucial first step towards ensuring a sustainable recovery for communities impacted by complex disasters.
Knowing how key resilience is following a disaster, small-scale fishers of Japan’s Tohoku region offer support to Chile’s artisanal fishers impacted by a recent tsunami.
The Ministry of the Environment of Japan and UNU collaborate to produce a video documentary about the decontamination efforts in areas affected by radiation from the Fukushima nuclear accident.
Documentary filmmaker Kaori Brand reflects on the experience of producing this 30-minute video on the recovery efforts of the fishing communities hit by the March 2011 tsunami.
The resilience demonstrated by communities in Japan’s Tohoku region may be one of the best modern-day lessons on what the rest of the world can do to prepare for disasters and the consequences of climate change.
A look at October–November 2016 developments in state diplomacy, funding, alliances and policy in response to a continuing surge of international migration.
Despite the recent UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants, tensions surrounding the movement of refugees and migrants remain high. Renewed efforts to stem the flow of irregular migrants could have a negative impact on those in need of protection.
With the world’s attention fixed on migration, it is vital that Habitat III and the New Urban Agenda usher in a new narrative on urban development that centres on promoting migrants’ inclusion in cities.
Outcomes from the recent UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants and the US-hosted Leaders’ Summit on the Global Refugee Crisis are encouraging indicators that governments are developing a more unified approach to addressing large movements of migrants and refugees.
Does migration cause development or vice versa? There is often a misunderstanding — or even a wilful ignorance — about the linkages between the two.
UNU Junior Fellow Bavo Stevens looks at some of the prevailing models of migration governance and the challenges presented by fragmented migration policy perspectives among nations, regions and global forums.
Habitat III is an opportunity to pave the way for culturally and contextually sensitive solutions to the challenges of rapid urbanisation in small island developing states.
Building “resilience” is a common development goal, but the concept’s varied interpretation presents many challenges when moving from notion to political discourse and sound policy.
An emerging rural-urban disparity in carbon emissions demonstrates how equal access to resources should form the bedrock of future urbanisation and climate governance.
Kanazawa’s rise as a flourishing cultural centre was made possible by the diversity of the surrounding ecosystems — from forests and plains to freshwater and marine environments — that the city’s residents learned to manage in a sustainable way. The exuberant renewal of life that spring brings to these satoyama landscapes has long had socio-cultural and aesthetic importance.