What are 'climate refugees' and how can they be protected?
Switzerland has teamed up with Norway to launch a UN initiative that aims to give greater recognition to those displaced by natural disasters. Fifteen million people were displaced last year alone according to the Norwegian Refugee Council. Currently so called “climate change refugees” have no legal status and the Nansen Initiative aims to change that. Manuel Bessler from the Agency for Development and Cooperation is representing Switzerland at the talks. He told WRS’s Dave Goodman more about what the initiative hopes to achieve and began by explaining the confusion caused by calling displaced people “refugees:”