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WHO WE AREThe International Organization for Migration (IOM) is part of the United Nations System as the leading inter-governmental organization promoting since 1951 humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all, with 175 member states and a presence in over 100 countries. IOM has had a presence in Finland since 1993.
Our WorkAs the leading inter-governmental organization promoting humane and orderly migration, IOM plays a key role to support the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through different areas of intervention that connect both humanitarian assistance and sustainable development. In Finland, IOM facilitates migrants’ integration, promotes development cooperation, assists victims of trafficking, and engages in refugee resettlement and migrants’ voluntary returns. IOM Finland’s operations cover Finland, Sweden and Iceland.
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World Environment Day 2020
Today, on the World Environment Day, we want to highlight that the health of the planet directly affects human health. By protecting our planet and its biodiversity, we protect ourselves because we are all a part of it. Even while we battle COVID-19, we must not forget the critical impacts of environmental change, and make sure our recovery keeps focus on climate change and biodiversity.
The official hashtag for World Environment Day is #WorldEnvironmentDay.
IOM Director General António Vitorino's speech
"People have always moved due to the environment,
And they will continue to do so in the future.
Environmental migration is a present reality.
Disasters displace millions every year,
And climate change already affects migration patterns around the world.
Even when societies are slowed down by COVID-19,
nothing stops cyclones and floods,
the climate continues to change,
the environment keeps degrading,
and many people are still forced out of their homes.
Others, on the contrary, are trapped in environmentally fragile regions.
or cannot resort to usual seasonal agriculture activities.
On World Environment Day,
I join the voices of UN leaders
calling to protect our biodiversity
and to take climate action.
Even while we battle this global pandemic,
we must not forget the critical impacts of environmental change,
and make sure our recovery keeps focus on climate change and biodiversity.
Let’s take action now for people and for nature!"
Watch the speech here.
More interesting content related to World Environment Day:
Protect the environment, prevent pandemics, 'nature is sending us a clear message' - Article on UN News site