DRC's recommendations to the WHS

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) submitted recommendations to the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS). The submission outlines six key recommendations for the WHS secretariat and the wider humanitarian community to consider in the analysis leading up to the Global Consultations in Geneva, October 2015.

Today’s world faces an unprecedented number of forcibly displaced people. Never before have we been confronted with a level of displacement as high as the one we witness today. 59.5 million people are currently displaced by conflict, according to the latest figures from UNHCR. 59.5 million individuals who are displaced internally, displaced across borders, newly displaced, as well as in situations of protracted displacement.

These individuals form part of an even larger and increasing number of individuals moving in mixed migratory flows. Flows that are only likely to continue to grow in size and diversity. A reality that further complicates and adds strain to an already overburdened humanitarian system.

The need for solutions to these complex situations has never been more pressing. The average duration of displacement is presently at a staggering 17 years, exacerbating an already intolerable situation for the many millions who have been forced to flee from their homes.

It is against this sobering backdrop that the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) outlines its six priority areas for the international humanitarian community to address through the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) process. DRC regards the WHS as a momentous opportunity for the diverse range of actors who are committed to humanitarian action to better address the drivers and consequences of forced displacement and mixed migration.

DRC calls for the international humanitarian community to:

  1. Differentiate between displacement situations by root causes
  2. Seek political solutions to displacement
  3. Prioritise the protection of people in need
  4. Devise an international normative framework for mixed migration
  5. Strengthen efforts to prevent displacement
  6. Place accountability to affected populations at the centre of humanitarian action

Read the full paper here