Assistance for Protection of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)

August 15, 2003

  1. On August 15 (Fri), the Government of Japan and the United Nations (UN) decided to extend assistance of a total of 1,353,297 US dollars through the Trust Fund for Human Security to the project "Promoting Effective Protection for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)" to be implemented by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

  2. The objective of this project is to promote and support enhanced responses at the local, national and international levels to the needs of IDPs. Unlike refugees, IDPs do not benefit from an international legal and institutional framework. Activities include translation of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement, which includes issues on the rights and protection of IDPs, into local languages and dissemination of the Guiding Principles in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Tanzania, Uganda and other countries, holding seminars in Turkey, Mexico, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cote d'Ivoire Ivory and other countries to facilitate development of programs to support protection of IDPs with cooperation among governments, civil society and the international community.

  3. This project is expected to facilitate the understanding on human rights and protection of IDPs and strengthen the framework of protection of IDPs.

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