The Plan of Action calls on the wider community working on internal displacement to join forces and work more closely around four priorities:
- Engage IDPs in decision-making processes that affect them;
- Promote, develop and implement national frameworks to prevent and address internal displacement;
- Enhance the quality of data and analysis on internal displacement; and,
- Address protracted displacement while driving solutions for IDPs.
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UN Plan of Action for Advancing Prevention, Protection, and Solutions for Internally Displaced People 2018–2020:
- The three-year multi-stakeholder Plan of Action to Advance Prevention, Protection and Solutions for IDPs from 2018 – 2020 was launched in April 2018 in Geneva and endorsed by the IASC principals in May 2018.
- Spearheaded by UNHCR, UN OCHA and the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of IDPs and engaging a broad range of stakeholders, it is operational in focus and brings us around the common goal of reducing and resolving internal displacement through prevention, protection and solutions for IDPs in line with the Guiding Principles.
The vision of this first-ever such effort on internal displacement is twofold:
- Prevention of the conditions that cause displacement and improved lives of people already displaced; and,
- More inclusive, coherent and strategic action among stakeholders engaged on and affected by internal displacement no matter the cause.
- The Plan of Action goes beyond international humanitarian organisations to include development organisations, local civil society and governments of countries affected by all types of internal displacement. It also engages IDPs in decision-making.
The Plan of Action is being rolled out in three ways:
- Operational partners and their field offices,
- UN Resident Coordinators and Humanitarian Coordinators at the national level, and
- The Geneva-based Steering Group and its work on the priorities.
The Steering Group in Geneva is comprised of UN member states, NGOs and their consortia, UN entities, the World Bank, IFRC and ICRC. The bulk of the work is envisioned to take place at the national level.