Alexander Betts and Roger Zetter to participate in Copenhagen Roundtable on Solutions
- 1 April 2014
- Research impacts
The Roundtable, co-chaired by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UNHCR, IRC and UNDP, takes place on 2–3 April
From the organisers:
The Copenhagen Roundtable will bring together a number of humanitarian actors, development organisations, affected states, donor nations, academics and other actors that can contribute to addressing displacement that has occurred as a result of armed conflict. The Roundtable will clarify the details on how 'The Initiative' will be organised and define more precisely how it will function.
What is The Initiative?
Several humanitarian and development agencies and organisations that will be participating at Copenhagen have been involved in discussions over the past months which have evolved into a concept called 'The Initiative', which recommends innovative approaches to tackle displacement challenges. The Initiative will be the focus of the Roundtable discussions, and will include a wider range of actors than those that have been driving the process so far.
Protracted displacement affects over 44 million people worldwide, requires political will and coordinated action to prevent it in the first place, and address it when it happens. The Initiative is driven by a clear purpose and commitment to finding solutions to protracted displacement and by rethinking how displacement is managed. New and strengthened partnerships are needed involving affected states, humanitarian and development actors, civil society, the private sector, and others.
'The Initiative' will build on pilot programmes in eastern Sudan and Colombia currently operating under the Transitional Solutions Initiative, a programme jointly managed by UNHCR and UNDP, in cooperation with the World Bank and with support from donor governments, affected states and NGOs.