IASC Policy Package on Internal Displacement, Implementing the Collaborative Response to Situations of Internal Displacement. Guidance for UN Humanitarian and/or Resident Coordinators and Country Teams, 2004

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The international community is confronted with the monumental task of ensuring protection for persons forcibly uprooted from their homes by violent conflicts, gross violation of human rights and other traumatic events, but who remain within the borders of their own countries. They often suffer from severe deprivation, hardship and discrimination. The Representative of the Secretary-General on Internally Displaced Persons developed the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement to meet this challenge in the 1990s; they were then endorsed by the IASC. In 2004, the IASC produced practical guidance to help humanitarian country teams implement a collaborative response to situations of internal displacement. In situations where national authorities are unable or unwilling to meet their responsibilities towards internally displaced persons, international humanitarian and development organizations are expected to provide assistance and protection to IDPS suffering and support national efforts.The document consists of two parts.1) Part one introduces the responsibility of the national authorities, the collaborative response and the IASC policy package.2) Part two sets out roles and responsibilities at headquarters and field level, and implementation of responsibilities of the Humanitarian Coordinator and/or Resident Coordinator and of the country team.