Today, Secretary-General António Guterres announced The Secretary-General’s Action Agenda on Internal Displacement in a message to UN staff:

For the past decade, the number of people who are internally displaced due to conflicts, violence, disasters, and climate change has been climbing steadily, reaching more than 59 million people by the end of 2021. Millions of them are trapped in protracted displacement and continue to depend on humanitarian assistance for their survival.

Today I am launching an Action Agenda on Internal Displacement that seeks to address this global crisis. The Action Agenda builds on the report of the High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement and has three overarching goals: to help IDPs find a solution to their displacement, to better prevent future displacement crises from emerging, and to ensure those currently facing displacement receive effective protection and assistance.

Achieving these goals will not be easy and will require stepped-up efforts from across the UN system, in close collaboration with Member States, civil society, and other actors. For the UN system, the Action Agenda sets out a series of commitments, all of which are closely tied to Our Common Agenda and to my Call to Action for Human Rights.

To help catalyze the change called for in the Action Agenda, I have appointed a Special Adviser on Solutions to Internal Displacement, Mr. Robert Piper. Mr. Piper will work closely with a United Nations interagency Steering Group on Solutions to Internal Displacement to take forward this work. At the country level, Resident Coordinators will serve as the UN’s lead on solutions to internal displacement.

I am confident that through our combined efforts, we can rise to the challenge before us and make a difference in the lives of millions of IDPs. I look forward to working together with all of you on this path.  

Yours sincerely,
António Guterres