IASC Panel Discussion on Displacement

Geneva, Switzerland

GCER initiated an IASC Panel on Displacement to discuss approaches allowing the international community to better support governments in addressing situations of displacement within the humanitarian-development nexus. Solutions for displacement become a humanitarian priority, with major events taking place that will influence a common narrative both for humanitarian and development organizations.

The IASC has made a strong commitment to tackle this issue in 2016 and 2017 through its Priority: Responding to Displacement and Enhancing Protection Outcomes. The IASC Reference Group on Protracted Displacement, and the promotion and implementation of the IASC Framework on Durable Solutions are essential elements of this priority. Likewise, a Preliminary Operational Guide on Durable Solutions developed in the framework of the Secretary-General’s Decision on Durable Solutions for displacement, and a set of Durable Solutions Indicators to inform responses aim at supporting the IASC priority. The Solutions Alliance serves as a platform where solutions are collectively addressed at country level within the humanitarian - development nexus.


The points below were presented by its respective panelist. Afterwards, the floor was open for Q&A session between attendees in the room, NY and online, and the panelists.

  1. IASC Reference Group on Protracted Displacement, by Mrs. Glaucia Boyer (UNDP)
  2. IASC Framework on Durable Solutions for IDPs, by Mr. Graham Fox (OHCHR/Office Special Rapporteur HRs IDPs)
  3. Preliminary Operational Guide for Joint Durable Solutions Strategies, by Jahal de Meritens (Global Cluster for Early Recovery)
  4. Informing Responses to Support Durable Solutions, by Mrs. Laura Ronkainen (JIPS)
  5. Solutions Alliance, by Mr. Berk Baran (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey)        


The meeting was held at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, with a video link accessible from New York and audio conference. It was attended by aprox. 90 people, including Member States, UN Agencies, International Organizations and NGOs.