Climate Change

and Disasters

“Increasingly climate change and weather extremes are driving displacement… At COP 28 we join the chorus of voices calling for urgent action. Action that must put affected people at the heart of every solution and decision.”

Amy Pope, IOM Director General

Climate change is disrupting livelihoods, creating food insecurity and water scarcity, and increasing the risk of resource-related conflict around the world. 

Like many other global crises, the burden of climate change will not be borne equally.  

Many lacking the resources and options to adapt to environmental degradation and rebuild from intensifying natural disasters will be forced to migrate. 

USA for IOM’s Initiatives

Hurricane Dorian Disaster Relief


In September 2019, Hurricane Dorian, one of the most powerful storms recorded in the Atlantic, brought catastrophic flooding and devastation to the North-West Bahamas.

With Global Giving’s generous contribution, USA for IOM supported IOM Bahamas and the Bahamian government assists affected communities and build local resilience to future natural disasters intensified by climate change, all while responding to COVID-19.

This effort responds to Sustainable Development Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

Climate and Human Mobility: From Understanding to Action


USA for IOM convened a virtual dialogue on the relationship between climate change and forced migration to foster collaboration across UN agencies, research institutions, philanthropic organizations, and the private sector.