March 20, 2019
Written by GP20 Campaign
Last year, conflicts and disasters caused an additional 30.6 million people to flee their homes and become internally displaced, bringing the number of IDPs to over 65 million, the highest number in a decade. In light of this, on the 20th anniversary of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement, we are urging Governments to sign up to the Mission Statement of the GP20 campaign calling for more engagement on internal displacement: to deliver emergency assistance, better solutions for IDPs, and to urgently adopt national laws and policies on IDPs to enable them to fulfill their potential and regain their autonomy, dignity and resilience.
Often fleeing without their identity papers, having lost their homes and separated from their communities IDPs are some of the most vulnerable people in the world. Many languish in the margins of society, their suffering largely unnoticed. They struggle to access basic services like education, health care or housing, and often face resentment from existing communities who themselves may be struggling to survive. They are #InvisibleCitizens
We all have a role to play in supporting internally displaced people. Check out the GP20 Campaign Mission Statement, and add your name to the growing list of supporters below: