Delegation of the European Union
to Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam

HRC 41 - EU Intervention: Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and the Special Rapporteur on internally displaced persons

Geneva, 28/06/2019 - 14:27, UNIQUE ID: 190628_8
Statements on behalf of the EU

41st Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council Geneva, 24 June – 12 July 2019 EU Intervention: Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and the Special Rapporteur on internally displaced persons

Monsieur le Rapporteur Spécial sur l’extrême pauvreté,


L’Union européenne vous remercie pour votre rapport et réitère son soutien à votre mandat.


Comme vous le soulignez dans votre rapport, le changement climatique touche en premier lieu les personnes en situation d’extrême pauvreté. Il est essentiel de lutter contre ce fléau en prenant en compte la situation des personnes touchées par l’extrême vulnérabilité pour s’assurer que personne ne soit laissé de côté, dans le cadre du programme du développement durable à l’horizon 2030.


La lutte contre l’extrême pauvreté est le premier objectif de ce programme. L’Union Européenne est engagée contre l’extrême pauvreté qui empêche le plus souvent les individus les plus vulnérables d’accéder à leurs droits sociaux, économiques, mais aussi civils et politiques.


Monsieur le Rapporteur Spécial,


Quelles sont vos principales préconisations pour mieux intégrer la dimension « droits de l’Homme » dans la lutte contre les effets du changement climatique ?

Je vous remercie.

Turning on to the Special Rapporteur on internally displaced persons


Thank you Mr. President,


The European Union would like to thank Special Rapporteur for her presentation and her report to the Council and assures her of the full support of the EU in the exercise of her mandate.


Persistently high numbers of new displacement each year, coupled with protracted crises situations all over the world result in new record highs of persons living in displacement every year. Political instability, poverty and inequality, environmental degradation and climate change are drivers of protracted displacement all over the world.


While data confirms the increased frequency of extreme weather events as a result of man-made climate change, the number of persons displaced or at risk of future displacement by slow-onset disasters remains still unknown.


Humanitarian action alone cannot bring durable solutions for currently displaced persons, nor reduce the risk of future displacement. This is why the mandate of the Special Rapporteur, to address internal displacement from a human rights based perspective and to mainstream human rights into all relevant parts of the UN system remains of utmost importance. 


The European Union's approach has been comprehensive and includes humanitarian, development and political response addressing the needs of IDPs and supporting durable solutions to protracted displacement crises all over the world. In accordance with its policy on forced displacement and development, the focus is on empowering the internally displaced, building the capacities of national institutions and through a nexus approach bringing in the development perspective from the start, alongside with life-saving humanitarian relief. Annually, between 40 and 50 percent of EU humanitarian spending is dedicated to crises that have a significant IDP dimension. Development funding is also being scaled up, in countries such as Myanmar, Sudan and Ukraine.

We would like to ask the Special Rapporteur: How does the reform of the UN development system affect her work? What can be done to further improve the cooperation between humanitarian, development and political actors, as well as the UN Human Rights system, in order to provide durable solutions for IDPs?


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