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Geneva, Switzerland, 30 April-27 May 2019

DISPLACEMENT partnered with the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) , the Platform on Disaster Displacement (PDD), and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)  to curate various activities to coincide with the UN Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction. This high-level intergovernmental conference brought together UN Member States to discuss their progress toward implementing the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction.

Disaster displacement was a prominent theme during the Global Platform. UNDRR, NRC and PDD also launched a guide for states about how to address disaster displacement in their national and regional disaster risk reduction strategies- for which, incidentally, DISPLACEMENT curator Hannah Entwisle Chapuisat was the lead author. (

DISPLACEMENT’s activities included a month-long exhibition along the Lake Geneva border, inviting conference participants to carry Søren Dahlgaard’s Inflatable Island throughout the Global Platform, and presenting the DISPLACEMENT project on the conference Ignite Stage.

Mary Mattingly, Waterpod Photo courtesy of the artist