The Nansen Initiative is a bottom-up, state-led consultative process with multi-stakeholder involvement.
To feed the Nansen Initiative process with good practices and build a sound knowledge base, inter-governmental regional consultations and civil society meetings already took place in the Pacific (Cook Islands and Fiji), Central America (Costa Rica and Guatemala), the Horn of Africa (Kenya), South-East Asia (Philippines and Thailand) and South Asia (Nepal and Bangladesh).
The results of the regional consultations and civil society meetings will be consolidated and discussed at a global inter-governmental consultation in 2015. The Nansen Initiative does not seek to develop new legal standards, but rather to build consensus among states on the elements of a protection agenda, which may include standards of treatment. Its outcomes may be taken up at domestic, regional and global levels and lead to new laws, soft law instruments or binding agreements. A follow-up process shall ensure wide dissemination and facilitate implementation of recommendations.
GOAL AND SCOPE OF THE NANSEN INITIATIVE
The overall goal of the Nansen Initiative is to build consensus among States on key principles and elements to protect people displaced across borders in the context of disasters caused by natural hazards, including those linked to climate change.
The planned outcome of this process is a protection agenda based on three pillars:
- INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION and solidarity;
- STANDARDS FOR THE TREATMENT of affected people regarding admission, stay, status; and
- OPERATIONAL RESPONSES, including funding mechanisms and responsibilities of international humanitarian and development actors.
KEY AREAS OF THE PROTECTION AGENDA
The agenda will cover all relevant phases, namely
- PREPAREDNESS before displacement occurs;
- PROTECTION AND ASSISTANCE during displacement; and
- TRANSITION TO SOLUTIONS in the aftermath of the disaster.
While the Nansen Initiative focuses on the needs of persons displaced across borders, it also addresses related issues such as disaster risk reduction, internal displacement, or the management of migration as an adaptation measure.
Nansen Initiative Brochure (EN)
Brochure Initiative Nansen (FR)
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