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The Platform on Disaster Displacement is a State-led process working towards better protection for people displaced across borders in the context of disasters and climate change.

THE CHAIR AND VICE-CHAIR

The Chair, supported by the Vice-Chair, leads the Steering Group, gives it strategic direction and is in charge of the overall organization of its proceedings. Germany directed the Steering Group for 1,5 years (July 2016 – December 2017) with Bangladesh as Vice-Chair. In January 2018, Bangladesh took over the Chairmanship of the Platform with France acting as Vice-Chair until June 2019. It will then be France’s turn to assume the Chairmanship with a new Vice-Chair. 

WALTER KAELIN, THE ENVOY OF THE CHAIR

The Envoy of the Chair provides strategic advice to the Chair and the Steering Group and represents the Chair in high-level public events while promoting the work of the Platform and raising awareness of the findings of the Nansen Initiative Protection Agenda at the global and the regional level. He also serves as the Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Platform.

THE STEERING GROUP

The Steering Group directs and steers the work of the Platform and related efforts at the global level on the basis of an approved Strategic Framework and Workplan. The Steering Group contains between 15 and 20 States and the European Union, represented through their Permanent Missions/Delegations in Geneva, and its composition reflects a wide and balanced geographic representation. UNHCR and IOM are standing invitees to the Steering Group.

THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The Advisory Committee consists of, inter alia, representatives of international and regional organizations, research institutions, academia, non-governmental organizations and other civil society stakeholders with expertise in fields such as humanitarian assistance and protection, human rights, migration management, refugee protection, disaster risk reduction, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and development.

THE COORDINATION UNIT

The Coordination Unit supports the development and implementation of the Platform’s activities.

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