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NEWSLETTER August-October 2019

An update on some activities carried out in implementation of the Plan of Action for Prevention, Protection and Solutions for Internally Displaced People (IDPs) 2018–2020 to mark the 20th anniversary of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement (GP20)

Chad, Nomadic Arab tribes displaced by Boko Haram violence. Khadija Youssef waits by her donkey to fetch water from a well. © UNHCR/Oualid Khelifi

Guiding Principle on Internal Displacement 19 (2)
“Special attention should be paid to the health needs of women including access to female health care providers and services, such as reproductive health care, and appropriate counselling for victims of sexual abuse and other abuses.”

National Action
DRC: Sustainable Solutions for Forcibly Displaced People

Aiming to improve the resilience, self-reliance and well-being of the displaced, over 200 stakeholders gathered for this event, including IDPs and host communities. Organized by the Ministry of Interior and Security, UNHCR, ICRC and the Human Rights Research League, the Ministry expressed solidarity with IDPs and those working on addressing displacement. Read the communiqué and recommendationhere.

Ethiopia: UN High Level Visit on internal displacement

The Emergency Relief Coordinator, the Assistant Secretary‑General for Peacebuilding Support and the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons visited Ethiopia in September to observe the response to internal displacement. They met with IDPs and returnees. See more here.

Malawi: Towards domestication of Kampala Convention

Officers from District Councils and NGOs gathered in August to discuss internal displacement. The meeting organized by UNHCR, Plan International and the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare aimed to encourage and assist the government with domestication of the Kampala Convention, which Malawi ratified in 2013.

Nigeria: National Day of Kampala Convention Commemoration

A march to bring attention to the plight of IDPs kicked off this event, which also included a conference and visit with IDPs. The event aimed to advance the adoption of the longstanding IDP policy and durable solutions and was organized by the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and IDPs and Public Services International. 

South Sudan: Supporting returns and reintegration

The Council of Ministers endorsed and launched the National Framework on Return, Relocation and Reintegration for Displaced Persons. The related Strategic Action Plan was developed with the support of humanitarian and development actors, including UNHCR and IOM.  IOM also released its Return, Recovery and Resilience Strategy for South Sudan from 2019-2022.

Colombia: Including displacement in election campaigns

Colombia`s GP20 group brought together local election candidates, local leaders, UN agencies, state officials, NGOs and the general public in Nariño in August. Participants identified challenges and opportunities when dealing with forced displacement, and the candidates left with increased awareness of the importance of including the issue in their political agendas. Read more here.

Afghanistan: Rolling out the National IDP Policy

Welthungerhilfe Afghanistan is co-facilitating a series of workshops on the provincial level to engage government, displacement-affected communities and IDPs protection actors on the implementation of the National IDP Policy adopted in 2013. These  workshops aim to stimulate discussions, data collection and information exchange to inform the development of the National IDP Policy Action Plan. Read more here.

Ukraine: What works for housing IDPs?

The Cities of Solidarity Forum in Kharkiv gathered more than 100 participants from 36 cities and towns of Ukraine. Organized by UNHCR in October, the Forum focused on durable housing solutions for IDPs wishing to integrate where they currently live, including municipal-level housing programs. Participants generated recommendations for national-level policies on durable housing solutions for IDPs based on the experience at the local level.

Georgia: GP20 event leads to action in internal displacement
The report from the July conference on internal displacement devoted to the 20th anniversary of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement was published. It outlines four action points for follow-up: establish an efficient communication mechanism with IDPs, improve the inter-agency coordination mechanism, further include IDPs in livelihood programmes, and switch from status to needs-based assistance for IDPs. 

Middle East

Iraq: Community centre to support IDPs and returnees

In September, IOM inaugurated its sixth community resource centre in Iraq in partnership with the Government of Iraq’s Joint Coordination and Monitoring Centre (JCMC) and humanitarian partners. These centres aim to increase opportunities for sustainable socio-economic reintegration for IDPs, returnees and their host communities. Read more here.

Syria: Building capacity for urban profiling

The Urban Analysis Network | Syria (UrbAN-S) consortium delivered its first Urban Profiling Training. Co-organised by the Joint IDP Profiling Service, iMMAP and Common Space Initiative, the course helped participants improve their understanding of analysis in urban settings and the uses of the resulting evidence base for their organisations.

Yemen: Ongoing urban profiling

Initiated by UN-Habitat, the exercises aim to enhance the understanding of how the conflict in-country has affected urban areas and the living conditions of the people who reside within them. A recent workshop was organized by the Joint IDP Profiling Service together with iMMAP to kick off the joint analysis process.

Regional Action
GP20 and IGAD convene an exchange on durable solutions in the IGAD region

Over 100 stakeholders, including around 50 government officials of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) member states, exchanged experiences on achieving durable solutions to internal displacement. The preliminary recommendations were progressive and demonstrate a readiness amongst member states to take concrete steps to address internal displacement.  Read more here.

    Refugees, returnees and migration in Africa: challenges and solutions

    The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights celebrated African Human Rights day on 21 October in Gambia with a session focused on forced displacement, the AU theme of the year. Recommendations included the ratification, domestication and implementation of the Kampala Convention, IDP participation in durable solutions, safe, voluntary and dignified IDP return, and implementation of the GP20 Plan of Action.

    Guidelines on internal displacement in Central America

    The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights launched guidelines on addressing internal displacement in the Northern Triangle of Central America (available in EN and ES) in August. The report aims to equip governments with the tools and knowledge needed to ensure the rights of IDPs. It also examines Inter-American standards on the issue. Read more here.

    Global Action
    Wilton Park Conference on Internal Displacement

    Participants reflected on progress and roadblocks towards increased prevention, protection and durable solutions for IDPs. Read the conference report and a participant reflection. 

    IDMC Conference on Internal Displacement

    The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) hosted its second interdisciplinary conference on internal displacement in October, which focused on durable solutions.  

    Internal displacement at the 70th Session of UNHCR's Executive Committee

    During UNHCR's Executive Committee session in October, side events focused on UNHCR`s new IDP Policy and the links between climate change and disaster displacement in Africa. 

    UN General Assembly high-level event on protecting internally displaced children

    Internally displaced youth speakers focused on empowerment, education and their need to participate in decisions that affect them at this event organized by the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of IDPs, UNICEF and UNHCR. Read more on this issue here.

    New Resources
    New UNHCR policy on internal displacement

    UNHCR`s new policy on its engagement in situations of internal displacement was elaborated through a comprehensive consultative process and aims to promote more effective responses to the challenges faced by IDPs. The policy is acompanied by a Guidance Package to support its implementation. 


    We are Still Here: Mosulite Women 500 Days after the Conclusion of the Coalition Military Operation, WILPF, October 2019


    Towards Sustainable Urban Development in Somalia and IDP Durable Solutions at Scale, UN Somalia


    Displaced populations and urban poor no longer left behind, UN Somalia, June 2019

    East and Horn of Africa

    A Region on the Move:  Over 8m remain internally displaced in East and Horn of Africa, IOM, October 2019

    Laws and solutions for IDPs

    Normative frameworks to support solutions for IDPs, Professor Walter Kaelin, September 2019

    Internally Displaced Children

    Protection of Internally Displaced Children, UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of IDPs, August 2019 

    Mid-year figures on displacement

    IDMC's mid-year figures on internal displacement from January to June, IDMC, September 2019

    IDP return

    Return: voluntary, safe, dignified and durable?, Forced Migration Review, October 2019  

    Displacement in a changing climate

    No matter of choice:displacement in a changing climate. IDMC, September 2019

    Need Support for a Profiling Exercise?

    JIPS is accepting requests for support from governments, humanitarian and development actors implementing or planning collaborative displacement profiling processes.              Deadline is 18 November

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