ReDSS 2016 Agenda for Humanity and Sustainable Development Goals

‘Leaving no one behind’ is a core responsibility of the UNSG’s Agenda for Humanity and commitments are expected to be made at the World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016. It recognizes the importance of reducing long-term vulnerabilities of IDPs, refugees and host communities by complementing essential humanitarian action with sustainable development approaches. The Agenda for Humanity sets an ambitious target to reduce internal displacement, in a dignified and safe manner, by 50% by 2030.The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has also placed a new responsibility on us all to ensure that displacement issues are included in the development agenda and to reach those in situations of forced displacement so that, besides receiving humanitarian assistance and protection, they benefit from and contribute to sustainable long-term development.

We have a collective responsibility to challenge our structures and systems to do more and better together in the search for durable solutions for displacement affected communities in the region. In order to support that change, we ReDSS members, through consultations with key stakeholders, national actors and displacement affected communities, have developed our agenda for humanity, contextualizing global commitments and principles.

We, ReDSS members, commit to work together and to be collectively held accountable for the implementation of our joint agenda as stipulated below.

Our core commitments below will guide our work while the actions will inform our work-plan for the years to come:


1. Support the integration of protracted displacement and durable solutions in national development plans and in peace negotiations and agreements

2. Support national and regional institutions in the implementation of legal and policy frameworks in the search of durable solutions for displacement affected communities

 3. Strengthen initiatives that support the self-reliance of refugees, IDPs and returnees and empower their contribution to both host communities and countries of origin

4. Foster localized approaches and better engage local actors and communities in the search for durable solutions to ensure ownership, local relevance and social cohesion

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