First systematic plan for internally displaced people

29 Sep 2006

The Action Plan on Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) prepared by the Van Governorship will be presented at a meeting, which will be attended by Mr. Abdülkadir Aksu, Minister of the Interior, Dr. Mahmood Ayub, Resident Coordinator of UN and Dr. Walter Kaelin, Representative of the UN Secretary-General on the Human Rights of Internally Diplaced Persons, on 29 September 2006 in Van.

The meeting will be hosted by Van Governorship and UNDP/Turkey with the participation of representatives from public administrations, civil society and international community, at Urartu Hotel between 13.30 and 16.30.

The UN system and UNDP became involved in supporting Turkey’s response to its IDP challenge in 2002 following the mission of the then Representative of the Secretary General on Human Rights of the Internally Displaced, Dr. Francis Deng. Based on Mr. Deng’s recommendations, the UN has engaged itself more actively and directly with the Government of Turkey in supporting IDPs. Thus, a joint project entitled “Support to the Development of an IDP Program in Turkey” was launched.

Through this project, together with the government, the UNDP increased engagement of the civil society in IDP response through training on the UN Guiding Principles including rights and protection, access to services and the right to an adequate standard of living. A service delivery model, which will be presented at the Van meeting was produced as a result of this project.

This Action Plan, is a first of its kind in Turkey in terms of being a systematic and holistic plan that specifies expected results, planned activities, responsibilities, success indicators and time frames responding to the multiple return and integration needs of IDPs in the province of Van.

This Action Plan on IDPs indicates the UN’s commitment to support Turkey’s reform process, including its fulfillment of the EU’s political criteria.