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(3rd virtual meeting) ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment 2020 - High-Level Panel: Mobilizing action to improve humanitarian assistance for internally displaced persons and achieve durable solutions
11 Jun 2020 -  High-Level Panel: Mobilizing action to improve humanitarian assistance for internally displaced persons and achieve durable solutions
By the end of 2019, the global population of internally displaced persons due to conflict, violence and disasters reached an all-time high of more than 50 million. In 2020, in the face of the COVID-19 crisis, internally displaced persons are disproportionally exposed to the disease and its impacts, from job losses to food shortages, compounding existing vulnerabilities and reinforcing the need for efforts to strengthen their resilience and advance durable solutions.
Ever more people are displaced for ever longer periods of time, reinforcing the need to find solutions to protracted displacement. In several subregions, conflict increasingly intersects with disasters and droughts in driving displacement, complicating the search for durable solutions and testing the resilience of host communities.
This panel explored concrete ways the international community can better support IDPs, host communities and governments to help IDPs move towards durable solutions to internal displacement. Panellists shared experiences of diverse needs of IDPs and new approaches towards achieving durable solutions and how long-term solutions can be advanced from the very outset of a humanitarian emergency.
Chair:
• H.E. Mr. Omar Hilale, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Morocco, and Vice-President of ECOSOC
Moderator:
• Mr. Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator
Panellists:
• Ms. Federica Mogherini, Co-Chair, United Nations Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement
• Government Representatives • Ms. Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
• Mr. Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
• Mr. António Vitorino, Director General, International Organization for Migration
• Dr. Asha Mohammed, Secretary General, Kenya Red Cross Society
• Dame Meg Taylor, Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum
• H.E. Dr. Nasir Ahmad Andisha, Co-Chair of the Group of Friends on Internal Displacement and Permanent representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations Office in Geneva
• Ms. Veronica Ngum Ndi, Gender Officer, Coordinating Unit of Associations of Persons with Disabilities