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Achim Steiner, Envoy Of The PDD Chair, At The 2017 World Economic Forum, Davos

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).

  • 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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