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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 France and Fiji.

Explore Further

First New York Meeting of the Group of Friends of the Platform on Disaster Displacement

First New York Meeting of the Group of Friends of the Platform on Disaster Displacement

The Group of Friends was established in 2019 to promote outreach to States who are not members of the PDD Steering Group, but are interested in the work of the PDD.

“Climate refugees” cannot be forced back home

“Climate refugees” cannot be forced back home

In a landmark decision, the UN Human Rights Committee has found it is unlawful for governments to send people back to countries where climate change impacts expose people to life-threatening risks or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.

In Conversation With… Lena Dobrowolska and Teo Ormond-Skeaping

In Conversation With… Lena Dobrowolska and Teo Ormond-Skeaping

In 2019, the Platform on Disaster Displacement (PDD) collaborated with DISPLACEMENT: Uncertain Journeys and the Coalition for Art and Sustainable Development (COAL) for a special edition of the COAL Prize on the theme Climate, Disasters and Displacement.

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