More people are currently displaced within their own countries than ever recorded before due to conflict, violence, disasters and the impact of climate change.
The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) has doubled over the last ten years, with women, children and marginalized groups often facing the greatest impacts.
Millions of people have remained trapped in displacement for years, some even for decades.
The report of the Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement challenged us not to accept the status quo and to step up collective action on internal displacement. The High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement was established by the UN Secretary-General to identify concrete recommendations on how to better prevent, respond and achieve solutions to the global internal displacement crisis.
As a follow-up, this Action Agenda is the Secretary-General’s vision to better resolve, prevent and address internal displacement crises. The Action Agenda on Internal Displacement has three overarching goals:
1. Help IDPs find a durable solution to their displacement
2. Better prevent new displacement crises from emerging
3. Ensure those facing displacement receive effective protection and assistance
These three goals are inextricably linked. No solution is sustainable if another crisis is looming. No assistance will be sufficient if underlying drivers of displacement remain unresolved. And prevention cannot succeed if past crises have not been addressed.