The main objective of the Advisory Committee is to strengthen participation and ownership of a wide range of actors in the follow up work to the Nansen Initiative and in the implementation of the Nansen Initiative Protection Agenda. Its function is twofold: 1)To provide expert input and strategic advice to the Chair and Steering Group of the Platform, and, as applicable and appropriate, 2)Support implementation of activities in the Workplan in consultation with the Coordination Unit and the Chair.

The Advisory Committee consists, inter alia, of individuals and representatives of international and regional organizations, research institutions, academia, private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other civil society stakeholders that have an interest to promote and implement the Protection Agenda and are committed to, individually or collectively, address protection challenges related to disaster displacement. It represents 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 Advisory Committee is chaired by Prof. Walter Kaelin, the Envoy of the Chair of the Steering Group, and the meetings are organised by the Coordination Unit. The Advisory Committee meets at least once a year in Geneva, Switzerland 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. The annual meeting will be called by the Chair and organised by the Coordination Unit.

The 2017 Advisory Committee Workshop is taking place on 23-34 October 2017 in Bogy-Bossey, Switzerland. To learn more about this workshop, click here. To learn more about the 2016 Advisory Committee Workshop please read the 2016 Workshop Report or find out the highlights of the event in our News & Events section.

The Advisory Committee of the Platform on Disaster Displacement is composed of:

        Advisory Committee Members      

United Nations Environment Programme

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC)

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

United Nations Office of High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

UNITED NATIONS UNIVERSITY Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)

University for Peace Africa Programme and Institute for Environmental Security

University of Florida (Department of Anthropology)

University of London (School of Oriental and African Studies, SOAS)

University of the Arts London

University of Virginia (Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy)

Vikram Kolmannskog

Walter Kälin, Envoy of the Platform on Disaster Displacement

World Bank - Thematic Working Group Environmental Change & Migration (KNOMAD)