Ingrid Boas gave advice to the UN on climate displacement

Published on
March 23, 2015

On Wednesday 18 March 2015, at the UN in Geneva, Ingrid spoke on climate displacement at the side event to the 28th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council on ‘Building climate resilience: the rights of groups in focus’.

Climate displacement refers to the displacement of individuals and communities as a result of the effects of climate change and climate-related disasters. The side-event was organised by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) with the support of Displacement Solutions and ara-jpd.

In her speech, Ingrid introduced the Peninsula Principles on Climate Displacement Within States. These Principles offer a guiding and normative framework to protect and enhance the resilience of climate displaced persons, with a focus on the protection of marginalised groups (incl. those living in poverty, persons with disabilities, minorities, indigenous communities, etc.). The Principles are developed by the NGO Displacement Solutions in collaboration with a number of experts.

Click here for Ingrid’s full speech.

For more details on these Principles, go to the website of Displacement Solutions:

The full programme and lists of panelists of the side-event:


  • Tom Corsellis, Director of Shelter Center


  • Natacha Foucard, OHCHR

Video address by:

  • Margareta Wahlström, UN SRSG for Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Scott Leckie, Director of the NGO Displacement Solutions


  • Rudolph Muller, Deputy Director and Chief of Emergency Services Branch, OCHA
  • Rosa Kornfeld-Matte, Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons
  • Catalina Devandas-Aguilar, Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities
  • Chaloka Beyani, Special Rapporteur on the human rights of IDPs  (remote participation)
  • H.E. Ambassador María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Ecuador to the United Nations Office at Geneva
  • Ingrid Boas, Environmental Policy Group – Wageningen University in the Netherlands
  • Mariama Williams, Senior Programme Officer at the South Centre