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Disaster Displacement

The Context

Every year, millions of people are forced to leave their homes because of floods, tropical storms, droughts, glacier melting, earthquakes and other natural hazards. Many find refuge within their own country, but some have to move abroad. Scientists warn that climate change is projected to increase displacement in the future. Large-scale displacements have devastating effects on people. They create complex challenges that call for urgent partnerships and action beyond traditional silos.

Our Response

The objective of the Platform on Disaster Displacement is to follow-up on the work started by the Nansen Initiative, and to implement the recommendations of the Protection Agenda, a toolbox to better prevent and prepare for displacement  and to respond to situations when people are forced to find refuge, within their own country or across the border. The Platform builds partnerships between policymakers, practitioners and researchers and constitute a multi-stakeholder forum for dialogue, information sharing as well as policy and normative development. It is led by the European Union and Kenya.

Explore Further

2023 Platform on Disaster Displacement Advisory Committee Workshop

The fourth meeting of the Platform on Disaster Displacement (PDD) Advisory Committee will take place in Geneva Switzerland from 1-3 March 2023. It will serve as an opportunity to shape the PDD’s next phase, post-2023 and elaborate input to the strategy review process.

EU-funded Collaboration in the Pacific Supports Local Efforts to Reduce the Risk and Impact of Disaster Displacement

The project was brought to a close alongside experts from international organisations, regional bodies and national civil society at a Pacific regional consultation. The event marked the handover of the Chairmanship of the PDD – a State-led initiative working towards better protection for people displaced by disasters and climate change – from Fiji to the European Union.

Statement by the Envoy of the Chair of PDD at the 2022 High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges

“These, and many other examples I could quote, indicate that solutions for internally displaced persons or returning refugees in the context of climate change at scale cannot be achieved with our traditional ways of working. They are neither a humanitarian issue nor something that can be solved with a project here or there. As highlighted by the High-Level Panel on internal displacement, they require a development-oriented approach.”


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