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Call for solidarity on migration

Friday, December 08, 2017

Update: 12:05PM THE WAVES have become hard to love because they are staying beyond their welcome. This is the reality of what it means to live on the front line of climate change.

Nineteen year old Samoan student Brianna Fruean appealed to the hearts and minds of civil society movements worldwide yesterday as she asked them to join a global uprising to get climate induced migration more recognition.

Ms Fruen, a university student who works for the young global climate activist organisation fronted a call for support for the Declaration for Climate-Induced Displacement.

The Declaration is an expected outcome of this weeks International Civil Society Week (ICSW) which ends in Suva today.

"As we know civil society movements and actors have wide spread influence around the world. We have the opportunity to engage with global leaders to promote a more just and exclusive world, to be more sustainable for all of us," Ms Fruen said.

"This is our chance to actively stand in solidarity with people who have and will continue to be affected by the effects of climate change. I ask that you stand with me, stand with me in the world where no one is left behind, that cares about our planet and everyone in it."

Speaking at Thursday's CIVICUS World Assembly, the Samoan youth told over 700 delegates from 109 countries, there needed to be a big worldwide movement in support of ensuring that climate induced migration is part of the February United Nations meeting to finalise the Global Compact on Migration.  

"Stand with me in signing a declaration that shows our commitment to proactive and holistic action. Please sign the declaration today and share the call to action, together we can make real difference in the lives of millions to make sure that we live in the world that is just for all," Ms Fruen said.

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