Call for input for the HRC56 thematic report on climate change and internal displacement

Deadline 1 April 2024

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The Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs), Ms. Paula Gaviria-Betancur, invites all representatives of States, including national and local authorities, national human rights institutions, human rights defenders, civil society organizations, academics, UN agencies, internally displaced persons, host communities, and other stakeholders to share their views and thoughts on the questions detailed below, which she will address in her forthcoming report to the 56th session of the Human Rights Council.

The Special Rapporteur’s report will focus on planned relocations of people in the context of the adverse effects of climate change and disasters. For the purposes of this report, planned relocations are understood as a planned process in which groups of persons move or are assisted to move away from their homes or places of temporary residence, are settled in a new and safer location, and provided with the conditions for rebuilding their lives[1]. The report will consider planned relocations conducted to protect people from risks and impacts related to disasters, environmental change and climate-related hazards and vulnerabilities.

Written contributions not exceeding 2,500 words in length should be sent in English, French, and Spanish in Word format to

Please indicate “Input for SR IDPs – report on relocation” in the email subject line.

Postal address:
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations Office at Geneva, CH 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland.

Please include references to reports, text of legislation, policy documents, judgements, statistical information with hyperlinks to their full text or source or attach them to your submission.

Please note that inputs received after the initial deadline of 1 April 2024, may not be taken into account for the preparation of the thematic report to be presented at the 56th session of the Human Rights Council.
All submissions will be posted on this webpage, except where confidentiality is explicitly requested.