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Working Papers

May 2014

The Hyogo Framework, Disaster Risk Reduction and Mobility

By IOM in coordination with UNISDR

This timely and innovative paper, written by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in coordination with the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), explores the ways in which disaster risk reduction (DRR) as it has been embodied in the Hyogo Framework for Action (2005-2015), provides a valuable analytical framework for framing and formulating responses to movement in the context of humanitarian crises – most notably natural disasters. The authors discuss the potential utility of the ‘migration crisis’ approach when building community resilience and examine the symbiotic relationship through which DRR can address challenges associated with human mobility in crisis situations, in addition to the important role that migration management in crisis situations may contribute to a more effective DRR strategy. Finally, the paper reveals possible channels through which DRR can support humanitarian and development mechanisms, reflecting upon the future of DRR post-Hyogo, and the possible inclusion of movement in the context of crises in this new architecture. To download the working paper, click here.


Lessons Learned from the Development of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement 

By Roberta Cohen

In this extensive study, Roberta Cohen identifies, as only a true insider can, the lessons learned from the development of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement that may prove useful to those seeking to develop standards in new and emerging fields. In charting the evolution and drafting of the Guiding Principles, Cohen elucidates key components and milestones that set the stage for 193 heads of state to recognize the Principles as "an important international framework for the protection of internally displaced persons" at the 2005 World Summit. Cohen's candid examination of the impact of the Guiding Principles, including the limitations and benefits accruing from their development through a non-governmental process, lends weight to her concluding remarks, which identify a series of steps for experts seeking to develop similar principles in other fields.To download the working paper, click here.

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