GP20 Activities and Initiatives

In 2018, the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement will mark their 20th anniversary. The Guiding Principles have become the accepted international standard for the protection of internally displaced persons (IDPs), an impressive number of States have used them to guide the creation of national legislation, policies, and strategies on internal displacement. They are also widely regarded as the benchmark for preventing, responding to, and finding solutions for internal displacement.   Despite this important progress in the last twenty years, the majority of States coping with large-scale displacement still do not have national IDP laws or policies. There are also important and persistent challenges to implementing the Guiding Principles, including the need to increase the engagement of IDPs in the decisions that affect them, and the need to ensure that collective efforts address the root causes of internal displacement.


In view of the foregoing, the 20th anniversary of the Guiding Principles (henceforth “GP20”) provides the platform for a broad range of stakeholders, convened by the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of IDPs, to work jointly and strategically in galvanizing, launching and supporting national level action aimed at reducing internal displacement.

This database captures activities and initiatives aimed at reducing internal displacement at national, regional and global level. By clicking on the “Expand Screen Button”, you can view the full database of activities and events planned by protection actors and beyond to mark the 20th anniversary of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement.

The database will be updated regularly, and we would welcome your submissions by filling the form below:

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Law and Policy

Niger GP20 Update

20-Dec-2017 Presentation of IDP Guiding Principles during a practical session to Governement actors



Colombia GP20 Update

26-Feb-2018 Internal displacement and human rights in the Americas

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