Durable Solutions Preliminary Operational Guide, January 2016 [EN/AR]

INTRODUCTION TO THE SECRETARY-GENERAL'S DECISION

In October 2011 the UN Secretary-General adopted a Decision on Durable Solutions and an accompanying Preliminary Framework on Ending Displacement in the Aftermath of Conflict (hereinafter: SG Decision – Annex 1). This affirms the primary role of the State in facilitating durable solutions for displacement. On the international side, it designates to Resident/ Humanitarian Coordinators (RC/HCs) the responsibility of leading the process of durable solutions strategy development for IDPs and returning refugees, determining the most appropriate approach based on consultation with national authorities and partners.

"SECURING DURABLE SOLUTIONS FOR INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS AND REFUGEES IS A JOINT RESPONSIBILITY AND ONE THAT NEEDS TO BE UNDERTAKEN PROGRESSIVELY. WE HAVE LEARNED MANY LESSONS IN THE FIELD. NOW WE MUST USE WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED TO BRING TOGETHER MORE ACTORS TO ACHIEVE COMMON COMMITMENTS."

– UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressing the annual meeting in Geneva of UNHCR’s Executive Committee (ExCom), 1 October 2014.

KEY ELEMENTS OF THE SG DECISION: ŸŸ

  • Resolving displacement is a collective responsibility requiring a joint and coherent strategy; ŸŸ
  • RC/HCs lead a consultative process to determine both the form and content of durable solutions strategies; ŸŸ
  • Technical support is available from UNDP and UNHCR, the Global Cluster for Early Recovery and Global Protection Cluster, and other structures with specific expertise, as outlined in the Framework included with the SG Decision. ŸŸ
  • The UN Peacebuilding Fund will consider requests from eligible countries for supporting implementation of strategies for durable solutions to displacement.