IPI HomePublicationsMeeting NotesDisasters and Displacement: Improving Preparedness and Protection

 

print print  |  share share back back

Meeting Notes - March 18, 2013

Disasters and Displacement: Improving Preparedness and Protection

Walter Kemp, rapporteur

 

 

Over the past few years, the number of people displaced as a result of natural disasters has far exceeded those displaced by conflict. Why is this happening? What are the consequences? And what can be done about it?

These issues were the focus of a workshop on forced displacement and natural disasters co-hosted by Norway and Switzerland in Vienna on September 5, 2012. The workshop brought together representatives from states as well as international and non-governmental organizations to share their experiences in dealing with post-disaster displacement and to discuss ways of finding durable solutions for those affected by such dramatic events. It also provided an opportunity to identify and close gaps in international law and policy, particularly in relation to the rights of persons who cross borders seeking refuge as a result of natural disasters.

The workshop participants were also briefed on the new Nansen Initiative, an intergovernmental process launched by Norway and Switzerland that seeks normative and institutional measures to protect people displaced by natural disasters.

The Global Observatory

Killing of al-Shabaab Leader Throws Future of Militant Group into Question
In the short term, the killing of Godane is likely to result in more violent attacks, but longer-term consequences are hard to predict.

Key Global Events to Watch in September
A list of key upcoming meetings and events with implications for global affairs.

2014 Top 10 Issues to Watch in Peace & Security: The Global Arena
A list of ten key issues to watch that are likely to impact international peace and security in 2014, compiled by IPI's Francesco Mancini.

The Global Observatory, produced by IPI, provides timely analysis on peace and security issues, interviews with leading policymakers, interactive maps, and more.

Recent Events

September 19, 2014
Madani: Extremist Group Actions “Cannot be Associated with Any Religion”
Iyad Madani, the Secretary-General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), reaffirmed at IPI the Muslim world’s commitment to religious tolerance and human rights and sought to distance Islam from the recent violent actions at the hands of extremist groups across Africa and the Middle East.

September 15, 2014
Despite Disaffection, Youth Still Engaged with Democracy
Young people around the world appear increasingly disaffected with politics and political institutions, particularly in countries where corruption is rampant and government accountability is lacking. Yet during a September 15th event commemorating the International Day of Democracy, a group of young political activists from three different continents spoke at IPI

September 10, 2014
Lessons from the Past, Visions for the Future: The Middle East After 1914
On September 10-11, 2014, the International Peace Institute launched its inaugural meeting at its Middle East Regional Office in Manama, Bahrain titled “Lessons from the Past, Visions for the Future: The Middle East After 1914.”

View More