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Achim Steiner, Envoy of the PDD Chair, at the 2017 World Economic Forum, Davos

Davos, Switzerland 17-20 January – World Economic Forum, Global Situation Space, Refugee Crisis: The Big Picture

From conflict refugees to disaster displaced persons, participants embarked on a visual exploration that reveals the causes and consequences of the human mobility crisis now and through time. The session combined NASA time-lapse satellite imagery, geo-spatial data and predictive modelling.

Listen to PDD Envoy, Achim Steiner, explain the multi-causal phenomenon of disaster displacement and the realities around it (5:52).

Speakers:
  • Achim Steiner – Envoy of the Platform on Disaster Displacement, Director, Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Khalid Koser – Executive Director, Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF), Switzerland
  • Filippo Grandi – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
  • Illah Nourbakhsh, Professor, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Using backward looking data sets:
  • NASA Landsat data
  • Refugee flows: country level, yearly, across all countries globally, with UNHCR
  • Refugee flows: monthly, across Mediterranean, with UNHCR
  • Urban fragility data
  • Terrorism data
And forward looking data sets:
  • Sea level rise (implications for the movement of people from coastal areas, particularly coastal cities)

Photo Credits: ©WEF 2016

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