UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement Monthly Snapshot - March 2021

Connecting Business initiative Secretariat • 8 April 2021

This newsletter provides an overview of the activities conducted by UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement in March 2021.

It also features the session that CBi and its Member Network in the Philippines - Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) participated in on 16 March. 

Lessons from the private sector: Panel meets with local social enterprises and businesses in the Philippines

Private sector engagement is among the priority themes of the Panel’s work. Since its inception, the Panel has conducted more than 25 consultations with the private sector on how to best leverage foundations, businesses and entrepreneurship in supporting durable solutions to internal displacement. With the support of the Connecting Business initiative (CBi), an initiative co-managed by OCHA and UNDP, Panel member Per Heggenes and Expert Advisory Group member Walter Kälin met with the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) and its partners on March 16 to learn from the experiences of local social enterprises and businesses in supporting IDPs and host communities in the Philippines. Representatives from the Weaving Hope project in Marawi, the “School in a Bag” initiative, PDRF’s Innovation for Social Enterprise Development and Livelihood Program (Sari-Sari Store Project/Mom and Pop), and Pepsi Cola Products Philippines Inc shared their experiences on providing short- and longterm livelihoods assistance to IDPs, including income-generating, capacity-building and education opportunities.

About the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement: 

The High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement was established by the UN Secretary-General to prompt action to prevent, respond and solve the world's internal displacement crises. Building on ongoing efforts within the humanitarian, development and peace communities, the Panel will work to identify bold, concrete and practical recommendations for Member States, the UN system and other relevant stakeholders.

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