Complexities of local peace: climate change, forced displacement and decent work


Thematic Track: Addressing climate change through just transitions

Complexities of local peace: climate change, forced displacement and decent work

Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, HDP Nexus Coalition, International Labour Organization, Interpeace, UN Refugee Agency
  • 01/11/2023 @ 11:00 - 12:30
  • GCSP- Conference Room 5th floor (pétale 4)

An intertwined poly-crisis of conflict, climate change and the looming threat of global recession is driving the largest global food crisis in modern history, unsurpassed levels of displacement and contributing to an already unsustainable humanitarian caseload. The most vulnerable groups and the least able to cope with climate crisis impacts are the most affected. A significant proportion of refugees are reliant on humanitarian assistance to meet their food and basic needs, yet they have skills and experience in agriculture, and a strong desire to produce their own food and engage in economic activities related to food and agriculture across the food system. We need to urgently consider how we can transition to be more climate-smart to be effectively peace-responsive, particularly when we consider the impacts of the climate crisis on rural livelihoods in protracted crises that predominantly depend on agriculture, as well as what this means concerning local food systems, decent work, sustainable and decent livelihoods across inclusive and resilient value chains.

With a deliberate focus on the forcibly displaced and their hosts, we will explore how we can address climate change impacts and transition to living incomes, dignity and reasonable working conditions - all of which are essential for the fight against hunger and poverty, and to underpin local food systems and local peace. This workshop aims to identify challenges, opportunities, and lessons learned in working with forcibly displaced populations and host communities to address climate change, inclusivity, food system resilience and decent work and what the implications are for local peacebuilding approaches.



  • Julius Jackson, Lead, Conflict and Peace Unit, Office of Emergencies and Resilience, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and HDP Nexus Coalition
  • Rebecca Brubaker, Director of Policy, Learning and Advisory Services, Interpeace
  • Agnes Hurwitz, Global Lead on Rule of Law Governance & Peacebuilding, UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)
  • Camilla Roman, Policy Specialist, Priority Action Program on Just Transitions, International Labour Organization (ILO)