Representatives from the Norwegian Embassy attended a 3-day regional consultation of the ‘Nansen Initiative’ on climate change, disasters and human mobility in South Asia and the Indian Ocean region. The meeting took place in Khulna between April 3-5 and was organized by the Government of Bangladesh in coordination with IOM (International Organization for Migration) and the Nansen Initiative Secretariat. It was attended by representatives from 10 countries, as well as experts and members of civil society to discuss issues like displacement, mobility and migration in the context of natural disasters and climate change. The Nansen Initiative was officially launched in Oct 2012 by the governments of Switzerland and Norway. It works to build consensus on the development of a protection agenda addressing the needs of climate change victims. This consultation in Bangladesh is the part of a global process which will culminate in a global summit in Geneva in October 2015.
The villagers in Dacope Upazila, Khulna, affected by climate change. Photo: The Royal Norwegian Embassy
The panel members discuss the way forward. Photo: The Royal Norwegian Embassy