This brief reflects the interventions, feedback and recommendations from the 19 November 2020 virtual regional exchange under the title Managing Risk and Addressing Disaster Displacement: Challenges, Effective Practices and Solutions in the Asia-Pacific, organized jointly by the Asia Pacific Disaster Displacement Working Group, the Asia-Pacific Issue-Based Coalition on Building Resilience, the GP20 Initiative on internal displacement, the Platform on Disaster Displacement (PDD) and the UN Secretary General's High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement (HLP-IDP) Secretariat. The virtual exchange included high-level delegates from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Mongolia, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka with varying responsibilities on disaster management, resilience and development.
The brief provides the following recommendations that were reiterated from all and suggest a common perspective on the key priorities for internal displacement:
- Enhance Legal and Regulatory Frameworks to integrate Displacement.
- Data and evidence for policy on displacement.
- Forecast-based financing and early action on displacement.
- Risk-aware development from national to sub national levels.
- Continued preparedness and response simulations at all levels.
- Cross-sectoral coordination at the national level to address complex issues
The event was moderated by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of IDPs (Cecilia Jimenez-Damary), with introductory remarks by a High-Level Panel member (Dr. Sima Samar), and an introduction by Professor Walter Kaelin, Envoy of the Chair of the PDD and Member of the Expert Advisory Group of the HLP-IDP. This brief builds on lessons-learned and best-practices from governmental representatives from participating countries and provides recommendations around systems and mechanisms to improve displacement prevention, response and solutions based on the statements made by the country representatives.