Amali Tower

Thursday Nov. 3, 5:00 p.m. ET
Founder and Executive Director, Climate Refugees

We’ve got to approach climate displacement as a human security issue and not a border security issue.


Amali Tower is a refugee and migration expert and the Founder and Executive Director of Climate Refugees, an independent non-profit organization created to help people who have been displaced as a result of climate change. She has extensive global experience in refugee protection, refugee resettlement, and forced migration and displacement contexts, having worked for numerous NGOs, the UN Refugee Agency, and the US Refugee Admissions Program. Tower developed her deep commitment to forcibly displaced populations through a lived experience of instability as an immigrant, migrant, and even once as an asylum-seeker. She holds a Master of International Affairs focused in Human Rights from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, a Bachelor of Arts in International Development Studies from UCLA, and an International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance from Fordham University.

Climate Change and Displacement, a Human Rights Challenge

According to a World Bank Report, climate change could push over 200 million people to migrate in the next 30 years. Global surface temperatures have risen faster since 1970 than in any other 50-year period over the past 2,000 years. However, those who leave their countries because of climate change or disasters do not qualify for protection under international law, leaving them even more vulnerable. At the opening keynote of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh’s Second Annual Summit, Amali Tower spoke on how climate change intersects with displacement, forced migration, conflict, security, and vulnerability.

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