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Advisory Committee Workshop, 13 – 14 October 2016, Geneva

This event allowed Advisory Committee Members to provide expert input and strategic advice to the Chair and the Steering Group Members in supporting the implementation of activities in the Platform Workplan.

1. Organisers and Participation

The workshop was called by the Government of Germany, Chair of the Platform and organised by the Coordination Unit of the Platform.

Participants, who also became Advisory Committee members, represented a diverse group of stakeholders with expertise in different fields of relevance to disaster displacement such as humanitarian assistance and protection, human rights, migration management, refugee protection, disaster risk reduction, climate change mitigation and adaption, and development. The Committee includes individuals and representatives of international and regional organisations, research institutions, academia, private sector, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other civil society stakeholders that have an interest to promote and implement the Protection Agenda and are committed, individually or collectively, to address protection challenges related to disaster displacement.

Steering Group members, the Chair of the Platform and the Envoy were also present during an interactive session with the Advisory Committee members.

2. Objectives of Workshop

This Workshop aimed to take stock of progress in implementing the Protection Agenda, share information on effective practices and lessons learned, present new research and new initiatives, assess gaps and challenges, and discuss and promote opportunities for further cooperation, coordination and action

  • #1: Knowledge and data gaps on disaster displacement persist, especially on cross-border movements, human mobility in slow-onset disaster contexts, disaggregated data and future displacement risks. Researchers need to work closer together and coordinate efforts to further develop methodologies, standards, concepts and tools.
  • #2: A lot of progress has been made in recent years with the inclusion of human mobility challenges and displacement aspects into the work of the UNFCCC and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. More strides need to be undertaken to ensure that climate change, disaster risk reduction (DRR), development and other policy areas are reflected in global and regional migration and refugee policies. One upcoming opportunity at the global level will be the elaboration of the Global Compacts on Refugees and Migrants.
  • #3: At the regional level, especially in the Americas and the Pacific, great examples of effective practices exist on both humanitarian protection measures and the reduction of disaster displacement risks. There is large scope for engagement to scale up these practices, engage in training, capacity building and simulation exercises and draw lessons for their replication in other regions, such as Africa and Asia, adapted to specific contexts.
  • #4: There are a number of opportunities to build on existing legal and policy frameworks at regional, sub-regional and national levels. These include measures to protect cross-border and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the context of disasters and climate change, but also integrated approaches among DRR and Climate Change actors.

Useful Links

Watch the video on the Constitution of the Advisory Committee

Photos from the Advisory Committee Workshop

View stream on flickr

Download the Presentations from the Workshop
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Download the agenda of the Workshop

Download the Participants List

Read the Advisory Committee Terms of Reference

Download the Platform’s Strategic Framework

Download the Platform’s Zero Draft Workplan

Download the Workshop Information Note