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Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Internally Displaced Persons
June 25, 2021

Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Internally Displaced Persons

Statement by the United States
at the 47th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council 

June 25, 2021 

As delivered by Taylor Westfall

Statement by the United States at the Human Rights Council

Thank you, Ms. Jimenez-Damary for your report and your continued efforts to highlight the needs of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). The United States will continue to target our humanitarian and development assistance to protect and assist IDPs and support durable solutions of their choosing. We emphasize the High-Level Panel on IDP’s recommendations must push us to redouble our collective efforts to address internal displacement. We encourage further coordination to support IDPs in meeting their own needs.

Thank you for highlighting housing, land, and property issues.  We must address them comprehensively, mindful of the triple nexus. To counter compounding effects of climate change, we must invest in stronger disaster risk reduction, recognizing displacement is often best addressed by building local capacity.  We look forward to discussing strategies during the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Indonesia.

We emphasize women, minorities, indigenous peoples, farmers, children, older persons, and persons with disabilities face specific challenges. 

The United States is drafting a report to President Biden on climate change impacts on migration and notes your 2020 report, which projected 143 million people could be displaced by 2050 due to slow-onset impacts of climate change.
What more can be done to highlight this issue?