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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 Secretariat 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 PDD, and the meetings are organised by the Secretariat. 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 Secretariat.

The 2019 Advisory Committee Meeting took place on 4-5 February 2019 in Bogy-Bossey, Switzerland. To learn more about this workshop, click here. To learn more about the previous Advisory Committee Workshop please read the 2016, 2017 and 2019 workshop reports or find out the highlights of the event in our News & Events section.

Following a recommendation made at the 2016 Advisory Committee Meeting, a Data and Knowledge Working Group (DKWG) was established within the PDD Advisory Committee. It is co-chaired by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC). Here is the the DKWG ToR.

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

        Advisory Committee Members      

ActionAid Bangladesh

Alan Gamlen

Alaska Institute for Justice (AIJ)

All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI)

Arab Network for Environment and Development (RAED)

Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN)

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU)-School of Government (ASoG)

Caritas Internationalis

Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), the Earth Institute at Columbia University

Center for Social Development Studies (CSDS), Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University

Chatham House and Refugee Studies Centre (Oxford)


Cook Islands Centre, University of the South Pacific

Daniel Fitzpatrick for Monash University

David Durand-Delacre

Demola Okeowo

Eduardo Valencia-Ospina, Member UN International Law Commission (ILC),(re-elected 2017-2021)

Elena Correa for Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR)

Elisa Fornalé

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