Seminar on internal displacement in the SADC Region
A regional seminar on internal displacement was convened from 24-26 August 2005 in Gaborone, Botswana, hosted by the Government of Botswana and co-sponsored by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), and the Brookings Institution-University of Bern Project on Internal Displacement. It was the first seminar of its kind focused on internal displacement in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.
The purpose of the seminar was to discuss the phenomenon of internal displacement in the SADC region, the needs of the displaced, and effective national, regional and international responses. The meeting brought together over 100 participants representing: the SADC member states; the SADC Secretariat; the African Union; the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights; national human rights institutions; local, regional and international non-governmental organizations; the United Nations (UN) and other international organizations; and donor governments; as well as experts from research institutions.
The meeting resulted in a set of recommendations for action at the national, regional and international levels to improve responses to internal displacement in the region. This report presents these recommendations and summarizes the discussions from which they emerged. The Agenda, List of Participants, and Background Paper for the meeting are provided in Appendices A,B, and C.
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