The Nansen Initiative delegation visit to SDC Pakistan

Article, 20.01.2015

On their two day visit to Pakistan (19th-20th January), the Nansen Initiative delegation represented by Professor Dr. Walter Kaelin and Mr. Abdul Saboor Atrafi visited Swiss Cooperation Office Pakistan. The delegation was accompanied by the Deputy Head of Swiss Mission to Pakistan, Mr. Roger Kull, and was welcomed by the team of SCO headed by the Director of Cooperation, Mr. Matthias Weingart. They were briefed about the ongoing projects of the SDC in Pakistan.

From Left to Right:- Mr. Roger Kull, Mr. Abdul Saboor Atrafi, Dr. Walter Kaelin and Mr. Matthias Weingart

Launched in October 2012, the Nansen Initiative is a Governments of Switzerland and Norway led bottom-up consultative process. It intends to build consensus among states, international, national and civil organisations on the development of a protection agenda addressing the needs of people displaced across international borders in the context of disasters, and the effects of climate change. The objectives of their visit to Pakistan was to introduce the Nansen Initiative to the Government of Pakistan and to learn more about the dynamics of human displacement in the context of disasters and climate change in Pakistan.

Dr. Walter Kaelin, one of the world foremost experts on international human rights and protection issues related to internal and cross-border displacement, discussed a common understanding of the issue, its dimensions and the challenges faced by relevant stakeholders. It was also explained that the Nansen Initiative does not aim to create new legal standards but will facilitate the elaboration of such standards at domestic, regional and global levels where appropriate.

The delegation was given presentation about the ongoing humanitarian and development activities of the SCO in Pakistan that included interventions for human displacement in the context of disasters and climate change in Pakistan. The prospects for incorporation of the Nansen Initiative’s agenda in the current and future projects of the SDC were also brought into consideration.

For further details please contact:

Ms. Salva Afzal

Communication and Information Officer

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) - Pakistan
Tel: (+92) 051 227 9280
Email: salva.afzal@eda.admin.ch