Panel two: Climate change, health and migration

15th Nov 2021 | 12.30 to 13.30 CET


Climate change will affect the safety and health of communities and populations globally. This results in migration which will escalate in the future. Migration, be it an internal rural-urban movement, regional population shifts, or international displacement can be perceived as a threat and thus be manipulated by extreme political influences in a negative way.  It is significant to note that perceived insecurity is more critical than actual insecurity.


Presenter: ANDREA RUBINI, Director of Operations, Water Europe

Speakers in this session:

Dr. MARÍA GUEVARA, International Medical Secretary, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)/Doctors Without Borders

GERARD CANALS, Head of Operations, Proactiva Open Arms

MARCO TULIO CABRAL, Head of the Consular Documents Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil

VERONIQUE BRIQUET-LAUGIER, Director for Strategy Fondation FondaMenta, Agence nationale de la recherche – France

Recherche France, Coordinator of JPI Water



Director of Operations, Water Europe

Andrea Rubini holds a Master degree in Water Resources Engineering and a long term experience in the water sector, in climate change and related impact on urban, industrial and rural ecosystems. He has spent the last 20 years in the context of multi-level European lobbying in Brussels where he has gained a deep experience of EU R&I policies and funding. He worked in EU, Asia, and Africa for INGOs, UNDP, ILO and the AfDB. Policy advisor of the Delegation of the Presidency of the Lombardy Region to the EU and the EC DG REGIO, he is also a visiting professor at universities in Europe and Africa. Andrea currently works in Brussels as Director of Operations of Water Europe in charge of the marketing and R&I collaboration programs.



International Medical Secretary for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)/Doctors Without Borders

Dr. Maria Guevara is the current International Medical Secretary for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)/Doctors Without Borders. Previous to this, she was the Senior Advisor on Global Health from 2018 to 2020 and Senior Coordinator for Attacks on Healthcare from 2017 to 2018. From 2012 to 2017, she held the position of MSF Regional Humanitarian Representative in Asia, during which time she served as a member of the Advisory Group on Reform of WHO’s Work in Outbreaks and Emergencies with Health and Humanitarian Consequences in 2015. She is also a SAFE STEPS First Aid Ambassador for a collaborative pan-Asia program to promote awareness and increase knowledge of first aid skills across the region.


Head of Operations, Proactiva Open Arms


Head of the Consular Documents Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil

Marco Tulio Scarpelli Cabral heads the Consular Documents Division, Brazilian Foreign Affairs Ministry, since January 2021. He headed MFA’s Environment Division II, dealing with climate change, ozone and chemicals (2019-20); was Coordinator of the International Relations Research Institute (IPRI 2016-18); advisor at MFA’s Human Rights Department (2013-16). Served in the Brazilian Embassy in Beijing (2009-13); Brazilian Mission to the EU, Brussels (2006-09). Worked at MFA’s Sustainable Development Division (2002-05). Holds masters’ degrees in philosophy (UFMG 2002, ULB 2007); is doing a philosophy PhD at Brussels’ Free University (ULB). Is a diplomacy graduate (IRBr/MFA 2002); specialist in structural engineering (UFMG 1997); BA in architecture and urbanism (UFMG 1994).


Director for Strategy Fondation FondaMenta, Agence nationale de la recherche – France

Dr. Briquet-Laugier was educated in France and USA. She is a Science & Innovation counselor in Southern countries (India & Africa), and Health & Biology expert for the European Commission since 2006. She has worked in India, advising the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in innovation strategy and policy, setting up exchange platforms for Science & Innovation for enterprises in the fields of water, heath and aeronautics. Dr. Briquet-Laugier is coordinating the European Joint Programming Initiative for Water and has been recently appointed as the Director for Strategy to FondaMental, a foundation dedicated to research and innovation in psychiatric disorders.



I’m the Legal Director at Human Right 2 Water with more than 25 years of experience as a private lawyer, litigator, trainer, and consultant in Costa Rica, and Central America. Specialist in international business, certified conciliator, and Mediator, that provided me with negotiation skills at central and local levels. High expertise in Latin American Region, providing legal advice, municipal and community workshops in many countries. Capacity building, coordination of projects, and cross-sector multi-level social programs are what brings me to the Human Rights Indicators development, with a climate change approach.