UN / INTERNAL DISPLACEMENT AGENDA

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The Secretary-General, António Guterres, launched today the Action Agenda on Internal Displacement, saying that the world is facing a crisis with record high numbers of people around the world displaced within their countries. UNIFEED

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1. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

24 JUNE 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Trusteeship Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Our world is facing a crisis of internal displacement.
Record high numbers of people around the world have been displaced within their countries by tragedies such as conflict, disasters and the climate crisis.
Many have been uprooted for years… even decades… and often multiple times.
Others have been forced to flee more recently.
In just three months, the war in Ukraine drove 13 million people out of their homes and communities, nearly two-thirds of whom remain in Ukraine.
All of us have a duty to help find lasting solutions to the plight of internally displaced persons.
Today I am launching an Action Agenda on Internal Displacement.
Building on the recommendations of the High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement, the Action Agenda has three key objectives:
First, to help internally displaced persons find durable solutions;
Second, to better prevent future displacement crises; and
Third, to ensure stronger protection and assistance for those currently facing displacement.
Let me be clear: the duty to end displacement lies first and foremost with governments.
However, we all have a responsibility to act.
The plight of internally displaced persons is more than a humanitarian issue.
It takes an integrated approach – combining development, peacebuilding, human rights, climate action and disaster risk reduction efforts.
The Action Agenda sets out clear commitments for the United Nations system.
I urge Member States, civil society and International Financial Institutions to do their part to help drive change.
Together, we can ease human suffering and deliver a better future for internally displaced persons around the world.
Thank you.”
4. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior
5. Wide shot, briefing room
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Robert Piper, Special Adviser on Solutions to Internal Displacement:
“The numbers of these forcibly displaced persons on the planet today exceeds 100 million people. The High Commissioner for Refugees recently described this number as the seemingly unimaginable. Amongst these 100 million, the largest category of persons is internally displaced persons, people who have been forced to flee their homes that have not crossed an international border and find themselves sheltering still in their own country. In 2021, a staggering 59 million people were living in this category of internal displacement. The number has more than doubled in the past decade.”
7. Wide shot, briefing room
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Robert Piper, Special Adviser on Solutions to Internal Displacement:
“The action agenda overriding message is simple: more of the same is not good enough. In line with the findings of the high-level panel, the action agenda makes clear that fundamental changes are needed in the way in which we work to make real progress in resolving, preventing and better addressing internal displacement. The Action Agenda sets out 31 concrete commitments by the UN system for how we will deliver this change. The Commitments range from opening a new financing mechanism to developing individual agency plans on internal displacement to working with governments on root causes scaling up investments in early warning and many other actions.”
9. Wide shot, briefing room

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The Secretary-General, António Guterres, launched today the Action Agenda on Internal Displacement, saying that the world is facing a crisis with record high numbers of people around the world displaced within their countries.

During the launch, Guterres highlighted the situation in Ukraine, noting that, in just three months, the war “drove 13 million people out of their homes and communities, nearly two-thirds of whom remain in Ukraine.”

“All of us have a duty to help find lasting solutions to the plight of internally displaced persons”, the UN chief said.

Building on the recommendations of the High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement, the Action Agenda aims to help internally displaced persons find durable solutions; to better prevent future displacement crises; and to ensure stronger protection and assistance for those currently facing displacement.

For the past decade, the number of people who are internally displaced due to conflicts, violence, disasters, and climate change has been climbing steadily, reaching more than 59 million people by the end of 2021. Millions of them are trapped in protracted displacement and continue to depend on humanitarian assistance for their survival.

To help catalyze the change called for in the Action Agenda, Guterres appointed a Special Adviser on Solutions to Internal Displacement, Robert Piper.

Speaking to journalists in New York, Piper noted that “the numbers of these forcibly displaced persons on the planet today exceeds 100 million people.”

The Special Adviser remembered that the High Commissioner for Refugees recently described this number as “seemingly unimaginable.”

Amongst these 100 million people, the largest category is internally displaced persons, people who have been forced to flee their homes that have not crossed an international border and find themselves sheltering still in their own country.

According to Piper, in 2021, a staggering 59 million people were living in this category of internal displacement. The number has more than doubled in the past decade.

Now, the Special Adviser said, the overriding message of the Action Agenda is simple: “More of the same is not good enough.”

In line with the findings of a high-level panel, Piper said the Agenda “makes clear that fundamental changes are needed in the way in which we work to make real progress in resolving, preventing and better addressing internal displacement.”

The Action Agenda sets out 31 concrete commitments by the UN.

According to Piper, the Commitments range from opening a new financing mechanism to developing individual agency plans on internal displacement, to working with governments on root causes, scaling up investments in early warning and many other actions.

SECRETARY GENERAL' S ACTION AGENDA ON INTERNAL DISPLACEMENT WEBSITE: https://www.un.org/en/content/action-agenda-on-internal-displacement/
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