Helen Clark at the WHS Side Event on the Humanitarian-Development Nexus: Collaborative Approaches for Finding Solutions for Forcibly Displaced Persons

May 23, 2016

60 million people are forcibly displaced around the world

It is my pleasure to join you at this side event on “Strengthening the Humanitarian-Development Nexus: Collaborative Approaches for Finding Solutions for Forcibly Displaced Persons”. I thank the Government of Japan for hosting this important event and our Solutions Alliance partners – UNHCR, Denmark, and Turkey – for working with UNDP to organize it.  

As the discussions this evening have highlighted, protracted displacement needs both humanitarian and development interventions to address people’s needs effectively. The estimated sixty million forcibly displaced people around the world count on us to do this – and to do it well. As the new global development agenda, Agenda 2030, notes, “there can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development”.

At UNDP, we help address the root causes of displacement as an integral part of our sustainable development work. These root causes are well known, and include flight from conflict and lawlessness as well as from poverty and lack of opportunity. The negative impacts of climate change and natural resource degradation on livelihoods add to these push factors. 

Development actors, working alongside humanitarian partners, have much to contribute to the challenges of protracted displacement by building the resilience of displaced people and host communities. Together we can help people cope, recover, and sustain development gains. 

Much of your discussions today have emphasized this central message, and highlighted a large body of practical experiences from which to draw. 

UNDP also has much practical experience to offer – from responding to displacement to addressing its push factors and developing reliable capacities to anticipate and prevent future crises. And we stand ready to do more.

Going forward, UNDP has made three commitments to help address forced displacement.

First, we will work for close collaboration between humanitarian and development actors, including sharing our analysis, and planning together where possible.
This includes:    
•    encouraging funding agencies to provide flexible multi-year resources; and 

•    encouraging countries to put in place strong policies and legal frameworks to facilitate the inclusion of displaced people, including refugees, in society; and    

•    working together more closely at the sub-national level, in collaboration with local governments, civil society, and the private sector to ensure that displacement responses are embedded in local-level planning, programmes, and budgets. 

Second, UNDP will strengthen its support to governments to integrate the needs of Internally Displaced Persons, refugees, and host communities into national development plans, strategies, and United Nations Development Assistance Frameworks. 

Third, we commit to enhancing our capacity building support to national and local governments to improve data on forced displacement to better inform policy and programme responses in affected countries. 

We all share a common vision – a better life for those forcibly displaced. Following the conclusion of the World Humanitarian Summit, we must begin immediately to implement the Summit outcomes. Now is the time to act. 

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