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Walter Kaelin

Envoy of the Chair

Platform on Disaster Displacement 

Walter Kaelin is Professor Emeritus for International and Swiss Constitutional Law, University of Bern in Switzerland. He is the present Envoy of the Chair of the Platform on Disaster Displacement and the former Envoy of the Chairmanship of the Nansen Initiative on Disaster-Induced Cross-Border Displacement (2012- 2015). Previously, he served as Representative of the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons (2004- 2010), as a member of the UN Human Rights Committee (2003-2008 / 2012- 2014) and as Special Rapporteur of the UN Human Rights Commission on the situation of human rights in Iraqi-occupied Kuwait (1991-1992). From 2011-2015, he acted as Director of the Swiss Centre of Excellence in Human Rights.

Baidoa, Somalia

Makeshift, temporary shelter made of plastic and clothing at a refugee center in Baidoa, Somalia.