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 provides expert input and strategic advice to the Chair and Steering Group of the Platform, and, as applicable and appropriate, supports implementation of activities in the Workplan in consultation with the Coordination Unit and the Chair. It consists of individuals and representatives of international and regional organizations, research institutions, academia, private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other stakeholders with expertise in disaster displacement related fields, such as humanitarian assistance and protection, human rights, migration management, refugee protection, disaster risk reduction, climate change mitigation and adaption, and development.

THE COORDINATION UNIT

The Coordination Unit ensures the coordination of efforts of key stakeholders to follow-up on the Nansen Initiative and to implement the Protection Agenda. This includes monitoring, mapping and analysis of gap areas and development of recommendations on measures and tools to fill these gaps.