Following 18 months of consultations, research and analysis, the Panel has officially submitted its report to the UN Secretary-General on 29 September 2021. Below is a snapshot of the initial reactions from civil society and other actors:
27 September 2021
Dear Mr. Secretary-General:
In the lead-up to the public release of recommendations from the High Level Panel (HLP) on Internal Displacement, we are writing to urge you to ensure that the work of the panel results in strong action from member states, from funds and programs and other entities within the UN system, from the UN Secretariat, and from other international organizations. We believe you have a key role in promoting that outcome.
Tens of millions of people are internally displaced around the world.— Refugees International (@RefugeesIntl) September 27, 2021
Today, seven former U.S. officials are calling on @antonioguterres to ensure concrete action comes out of the High Level Panel on Internal Displacement.
Read their recommendations nowhttps://t.co/KpoQ1DEVGW
There are a number of important ideas in the new @IDPs_Panel report. Calls for new leadership & funding mechanisms to drive long-term solutions for internal displacement could be transformative. But they need political will from member states to succeed.https://t.co/bIN2fHrV5B— Hardin Lang (@HardinLang1) October 1, 2021
29 September 2021
After years of pressure from civil society, activists and humanitarian and development agencies, including Christian Aid, the UN has today released its first High-Level Panel report explicitly on internally displaced people (IDPs). Often forgotten, these people instead of fleeing their homes to other countries, remain within their country’s borders. The number of IDPs in the world has reached a staggering 55 million – with an increase of ten million in the last year.
30 September 2021
Professor David Cantor and Dr Gabriel Cardona-Fox, Internal Displacement Research Programme (IDRP) at the School of Advanced Study, University of London
When does displacement end? For the 40 million people who, last year alone, fled their homes to escape conflict, violence and disasters but remained in their own countries, the answer is: not any time soon, if ever.
30 September 2021 , Geneva
Enzo Tabet Cruz, Plan International
The newly released report of the High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement represents the best opportunity in years to change the lives of internally displaced persons (IDPs) worldwide. It is now up to the UN Secretary General – and indeed all of us – to meet the ambition.
We are at a decisive moment for the future of internally displaced persons (IDPs) across the globe. Internal displacement has been a contentious issue in global politics. Because it is by nature internal to a single country – and many times, caused by the State itself – attempts to strengthen global accountability have been systematically shut down. Despite progress, little political attention has been given in the last years to finding long-term solutions to the problem.
Gender equality is not an optional action to internal displacement. @antonioguterres must ensure any follow up to the @IDPs_Panel actively promote the rights of women and girls. #SolutionsforIDPs @FedericaMog @DonaldKaberuka @PaulaGaviriaB @NasserJudeh @DrSimasamar pic.twitter.com/l08bJwpQ96— Plan UN Geneva (@PlanUNGeneva) September 29, 2021
@IDPs_Panel members @PaulaGaviriaB and @DrSimasamar highlights that special attention should be paid to #women and #girls in their access to justice for SGBV and that respect for human dignity must be at the centre and include age, gender and diversity. #SolutionsforIDPs pic.twitter.com/7N9fEvEZnC— Plan UN Geneva (@PlanUNGeneva) September 29, 2021
1 October 2021, Geneva
A new report launched this week by the United Nations Secretary-General’s (UNSG) High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement (HLP) laid out new actions to address, prevent, and respond to internal displacement globally.
The report is the result of two years’ work by the HLP, along with advocacy organizations, including the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC), and is in response to the millions of people trapped in protracted displacement and the imperative to help them find durable solutions. For example, in Afghanistan alone, more than 3.5 million people were internally displaced prior to the Taliban takeover.
4 October 2021
Kate Moriarty, Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) and Emma Wagner, Save the Children
A new report launched last week by the High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement recognises education as a key pillar for durable solutions. The report highlights the need for investment in public education infrastructure, support for teachers, and targeted assistance for displaced children and youth. Yet with 30 million children and youth internally displaced worldwide, this report was a missed opportunity to focus one of the report’s 10 recommendations for member states and donors on education.
6 October 2021
Jerome Elie, International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA)
Tackling those challenges and proposing a ‘Vision for the Future’, on 29 September the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement released its long-awaited report. This outcome marked a major landmark in efforts to generate political momentum and guidance to address internal displacement challenges.
Already in 2016, the World Humanitarian Summit had highlighted the issue of protracted internal displacement. However, the New York Declaration and the two Global Compacts that followed largely left the fate of internally displaced persons unattended, focusing rather on refugees and ‘safe, orderly and regular migration’. Concerned that Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) may ‘fall through the cracks’, a variety of stakeholders mobilized to ensure renewed attention to the issue of internal displacement.
6 October 2021, London
Dr Jeff Crisp, Refugee Studies Centre (University of Oxford) and Chatham House
A new report from a ‘High Level’ UN Panel seeks to transform the way in which states and the international community address the plight of people who are displaced within their own country. While the report presents a plethora of worthy recommendations, many obstacles stand in the way of their effective implementation, while the very notion of ‘internally displaced people’ requires further consideration.
13 October 2021
Brian Aycock, International Christian University, Carolien Jacobs, Leiden University, and Ana Mosneaga, Ritsumeikan University
In 2050, a staggering 216 million people could be on the move within their own countries due to climate change, alerted the recent Groundswell report by the World Bank. At present, disasters and the adverse effects of climate change already account for the majority of new internal displacements. It is therefore laudable that the recently launched report of the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Internal Displacement (HLP report) addresses climate change as one of the drivers of displacement. Importantly, the HLP report also talks about the need to ‘prevent and mitigate risks of displacement’ (p.41).
14 October 2021
InterAction and ICVA, alongside a coalition of 25 NGO signatories
Dear Secretary-General Guterres,
We write to you to express our strong support for the recommendations delivered to you in the report of the High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement. We urge that immediate action be taken in implementing those that are clearly within the purview of the Secretary-General to ensure the vision behind the Panel’s work is realized and to ensure better outcomes for the internally displaced around the world.
22 October 2021
Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC)
When the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, announced the establishment of a High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement in October 2019, the challenges ahead were daunting and expectations high. With steadily rising numbers of internally displaced people (IDPs) around the world, the need to address this global issue collectively and with urgency had become evident.
Solutions to #internaldisplacement need adequate financing.— IDMC (@IDMC_Geneva) October 1, 2021
This is why IDMC supports @IDPs_Panel’s recommendation to establish a Global Fund to support national plans & strategies and contribute to state-to-state learning.
Read the full report: https://t.co/QNXUDaAw1Y pic.twitter.com/8GFaoxwnrm
After the launch of @IDPs_Panel's report, follow-up over the next weeks will be critical. The report is a foundation upon which we must all build.— IDMC (@IDMC_Geneva) October 22, 2021
Reflections by IDMC on the report's key takeaways & priority areas: https://t.co/fQWbvOGh9D pic.twitter.com/ADXjb4j5uD
30 October 2021
Cities Alliance welcomes the latest report by the United Nations High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement, which embraces the role of urban areas in addressing growing IDP crises around the world. Shining a Light on Internal Displacement: A Vision for the Future calls for strong action on enabling cities to offer solutions for IDPs.
8 November 2021, Berlin
Nadine Knapp and Anne Koch, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (German Institute for International and Security Affairs)
In September, the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement issued its final report. In it, the Panel called for a shift in emphasis from short-term humanitarian to longer-term development-oriented approaches and thus a focus on durable solutions.
Now online: #NGO Statement at #UNHCR Executive Committee General Debate. Focus on gender equality & the need for sustained momentum on the @IDPs_Panel Report: https://t.co/eZwc2DhkHZ Thanks to NGOs for inputs & to @enzomaurotabet of @PlanUNGeneva for delivering. @UNHCRPartners pic.twitter.com/whnzk2RwhA— ICVA Displacement (@ICVA_Displaced) October 6, 2021
Internal #displacement is increasingly an #urban phenomenon. @CitiesAlliance & members informed the @IDPs_Panel on the role of #cities to integrate IDPs. The Panel's report calls on all actors to step up collective action to advance #SolutionsForIDPs.— Cities Alliance (@CitiesAlliance) September 30, 2021
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Last week the @IDPs_Panel launched its report on internal displacement. Drawing upon consultations & research, including work by @HarvardGR2 @jtdkelly, it calls upon all actors and sectors to catalyze change & provide #SolutionsforIDPs.— Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (@HHI) October 7, 2021
Read the report at https://t.co/bNRHQeqYYK pic.twitter.com/dOvVTyHmVg
The @IDPs_Panel report is out!— NRC Humanitarian Policy and Partnerships (@NRC_Geneva) September 30, 2021
At @NRC_Norway we’re committed to ensure:
- Priorities are identified
- Recommendations not seen in isolation from the planned system review
- Leadership in place to keep momentum #SolutionsForIDPs
WRC welcomes a new report launched last week by the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement, which laid out new actions to address, prevent, and respond to internal displacement globally. Read our full statement: https://t.co/mI2rlPHApG. pic.twitter.com/xLAFwYn3qQ— Women's Refugee Commission (@wrcommission) October 5, 2021
Having led on UNDP's submission to the Panel on Development Solutions for Internal Displacement, I'm eager to read the report - will be watching this closely to see how much commitment to development-oriented solutions and political commitment there is in the @IDPs_Panel report. https://t.co/yueafpl4P4— Prof Laura Hammond FAcSS (@lhammondsoas) September 29, 2021
The @UN SG’s High Level Panel on Internal Displacement underlines the centrality of local gvts in responding to #urban #displacement as municipality officials are typically on the “front lines” of displacement crisis.— Geneva Cities Hub (@genevacitieshub) October 7, 2021
👉Check out more on @IDPs_Panel: https://t.co/8iKx06xPzA pic.twitter.com/pGh2yavLPk
So pleased to see @IDPs_Panel launch their https://t.co/F5OCTnIwty!— DisasterDisplacement (@DDisplacement) September 30, 2021
✅Quality #protection & assistance
✅Scaled up & innovative #finance
...to address #disaster #displacement.
To end protracted displacement:— WBG Dev For Peace (@WBG_Dev4Peace) September 30, 2021
Data and evidence are key for advancing #SolutionsForIDPs. There is a real need to strengthen data to capture the needs and capacities of #IDPs.
More in @IDPs_Panel report ➡️ https://t.co/boUkxSFlN0 pic.twitter.com/T0I9468Dn4
Globally, as many as 55 million people are internally #displaced. @FedericaMog and @DonaldKaberuka, co-chairs of the #UN's @IDPs_Panel, share five recommendations from their latest report on how to approach this crisis. @thomsonreuters https://t.co/Mkc2Lfd6Rj— Munich Security Conference (@MunSecConf) October 4, 2021
We welcome the new report of the @IDPs_Panel clearly stating that internal displacement remains an invisible crisis in plain sight.— Global Protection Cluster (@ProtectionClust) September 29, 2021
We support the call for more #Protection and more #SolutionsForIDPs
We will do our part. https://t.co/iPmzuXAhTh
Ending protracted displacement requires the concerted efforts of humanitarian, development, peace & #ClimateChange actors.— OECD Development Co-operation (@OECDdev) October 6, 2021
Read the latest from @IDPs_Panel on #SolutionsforIDPs (internally displaced persons)➡️ https://t.co/tE0T8tbjg2 pic.twitter.com/R8i6EOMtAS