Switzerland and Norway launched the Nansen Initiative in October 2012, in order to develop a bottom-up protection agenda on the needs of people displaced in the context of natural disasters.
The Norwegian Ambassador Mr Geir O. Pedersen held the introductory remarks at the meeting, stating that it is important to address the global challenge of natural disasters and displace of people from a regional perspective. During his remarks, Mr Pedersen emphasized the importance of bringing the debate into the ongoing debate on Small Island Developing States and Sustainable Development Goals.
-We want smart solutions, said professor Walther Kaelin at the meeting, stating that reduced greenhouse emission is highly beneficial, as well as the importance of investing in regional organisations. –We need to learn from experiences, he said.
The process of developing a protection agenda has already started with two out of five regional consultations taken place in the areas most affected by natural hazards. The outcomes of these consultations will be used in preparation for a global consultative meeting in 2015.