Germany and Bangladesh are leading the fight to address the needs of people displaced across borders in the context of disasters and climate change, as Germany chairs the Platform on Disaster Displacement, Bangladesh is the vice chair.
The new Platform on Disaster Displacement was launched at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul on May 23. A total of 30 countries, including France, Australia, Norway, Switzerland and Canada joined the platform.
The objective of the Platform is to follow-up on the Swiss- and Norwegian-led Nansen Initiative and to implement the recommendations of the Protection Agenda- a toolbox to better prepare for displacement and to respond to situations when people are forced to find refuge, within their own country or across a border.
The new Platform will build partnerships between policymakers, practitioners and researchers and constitute a multi-stakeholder forum for dialogue, information sharing as well as policy and normative development.
On the occasion of the launching the Platform in Istanbul, the Foreign Ministers of Switzerland and Germany, the Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh as well as the Assistant High Commissioner for Protection at the UNHCR and the Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) reaffirmed their commitment to work for better protect as well as to assist disaster displaced children, women and men, according to a message received here on Sunday evening.
“We have to change the way we are planning and delivering humanitarian assistance. Our understanding of humanitarian assistance has become broader, moving from crisis management towards risk management. One reason for that is climate change and the danger it involves”, said the German Federal Foreign Minister, Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, at the high-level event.
“Disaster displacement is definitely a complex phenomenon…in terms of consequences and the suffering of the people. We now have a Protection Agenda, and as Vice-Chair of the Platform on Disaster Displacement, we are looking forward to the leadership of Germany to bring change to the lives of people”, insisted the Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh, Md. Shahidul Haque.
“As outgoing Co-Chair of the Nansen Initiative, Switzerland will remain a committed actor in this continuous endeavour. We are confident that under the leadership of Germany and Bangladesh, this next phase will allow for enhanced action, coordination and cooperation, based on the Protection Agenda, in order to effectively address disaster-induced displacement”, declared the Swiss Federal Councillor and Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Didier Burkhalter, UNB reports.