Currently, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) is looking for an appropriate approach to climate change, natural disasters and the effect of environmental refugees. Climate change mainly affects island and Caribbean states. However, the UNHRC believes it is their responsibility to the world to develop a comprehensive solution to aid those refugees. While debate ensues, Germany calls for drastic change.
Geographically, climate changes impact on Germany is limited and the country offers many refugees aid. Germany accepts refugees, including environmental and conflict refugees. Their approach is to give environmental refugees the same rights as conflict refugees. When asked, the representative of Germany called this, “a progressive approach to aiding those affected.” Germany has many proposals for motions they wish to pass.
“Grounds of asylum [were] created in the 1950s as a result of the Holocaust, which Germany acknowledges as part of our history, but the grounds are outdated. Even though we cannot change the Geneva convention we need to call upon the Security Council in order to include fear of death as grounds for asylum. Additionally, I believe we need to call upon corporations to subsidize camps for refugees, similar to how Ikea furnished the refugee camp, Dot Op,” said the representative of Germany.
Germany also mentioned the desire to help refugees enter the workforce with the reasoning that it provides refugees income while improving the economy.
The Human Rights Council is making progress in debate, but resolutions have not yet been passed.