World urged to brace for more internal displacement

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Chaloka Beyani

More people are likely to be forced to leave their homes in the future as a result of a number of factors, says a UN independent expert on the human rights of internally displaced persons.

Chaloka Beyani spoke to reporters in New York on Wednesday after presenting his report to the General Assembly.

He says over 26 million people were internally displaced at the end of 2011 due to armed conflict, generalized violence or human rights violations.

Nearly 15 million people were newly displaced during that same year due to sudden onset of natural hazards, Mr. Beyani added.

"Mega trends like rapid urbanization, human mobility, population growth and food and water insecurity, together with other factors such as more prevalent natural disasters notably due to the impact of climate change are expected to further increase internal displacement in the future. Responses to internal displacement situations will require that States and international and civil society actors be ready to adopt comprehensive frameworks which address all types and stages of internal displacement."

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Mr. Beyani said there is also a need to address new issues and to pay particular attention to prevention and to come up with strategies for durable solutions.

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