Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC
New York, New York
October 27, 2021
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
The United States appreciates and supports the efforts of the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons [to advance progress on assisting and protecting IDPs].
We are deeply concerned by continued widespread armed conflict, violence, natural disasters, and worsening climate change, which are driving record numbers of people to flee their homes.
The current global estimate of 55 million IDPs represents an alarming increase of nearly 50 percent over the past year alone.
To improve accountability and services, we continue to urge review of what more Inter-Agency Standing Committee members can do to improve outcomes for IDPs[, both in the context of needs-based humanitarian assistance and protection, and paving the way toward durable solutions].
The recent report of the High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement provides an opportunity to maximize global awareness of the plight of IDPs. We must harness this momentum to do more.
Question: Within existing resources, what steps can UN agencies take over the next year to further mainstream protection of and durable solutions for IDPs?