Summary Conclusions - Discussions between OCHA and UNHCR on Protection and Internal Displacement - 24 April 2014

UNHCR and OCHA discussed their distinct and complementary roles and responsibilities to ensure that the needs and rights of populations affected by conflict and natural disasters are met. This document summarizes the main outcomes of these discussions.

UNHCR and OCHA acknowledged that, often field-based actors do not share common views on the underlying causes of protection challenges, including those for IDPs and affected communities. This complicates efforts to agree on shared priorities and to develop coherent strategies that effectively engage the full spectrum of stakeholders. This can also lead to a fragmented approach to protecting civilians, including vis-a-vis military, security and political actors. More determined leadership at field and headquarters levels, alongside clear roles, responsibilities and comparative advantages is, therefore, key to effective humanitarian responses, including to situations of internal displacement. 

Publication date: 
April, 2014