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Disaster displacement is one of the biggest humanitarian challenges of the 21st century. Every year, millions of people are forced to leave their homes because of floods, tropical storms, droughts, glacier melting, earthquakes and other natural hazards. Many find refuge within their own country, but some have to move abroad. Scientists warn that climate change is projected to increase displacement in the future, both internally and across borders. These large-scale displacements have devastating effects on people and communities. They create complex humanitarian and development challenges that call for urgent partnerships and action beyond traditional silos.
The Platform on Disaster Displacement is a state-led initiative working towards better protection for people displaced across borders in the context of disasters and climate change. The Platform works by promoting measures to help people stay in their homes, help people move out of harm’s way and to better protect those forced to leave their homes. This is done through enhanced cooperation, coordination and action and by promoting concerted efforts at the national, regional and international levels and among stakeholders dealing with broad range of policy and action areas including humanitarian assistance and protection, human rights, migration management, refugee protection, disaster risk reduction, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and development.
While being a state-led process, the Platform builds strong partnerships between policymakers, practitioners and researchers and constitutes a multi-stakeholder forum for dialogue, information sharing as well as policy and normative development. Find out more about the members of the Platform at disasterdisplacement.org
With the objective of supporting States and other stakeholders to strengthen the protection of persons displaced across borders in the context of disasters and the adverse effects of climate change, and to prevent or reduce disaster displacement risks in the countries of origin, the Platform on Disaster Displacement aims to address four strategic priorities:
1. Support integrated implementation of global policy frameworks on human mobility, climate change action and disaster risk reduction that are relevant for disaster displaced persons;
2. Promote policy and normative development to address gaps in the protection of persons at risk of displacement or displaced across borders;
3. Facilitate exchange of knowledge and strengthen capacity at the national and regional levels to implement effective practices and instruments that can prevent, reduce and address disaster displacement;
4. Strengthen evidence and data on disaster displacement and its impacts.