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ID w/ SR extreme poverty

STATEMENT, 7 June 2017

Mr. President,

Norway welcomes the Special Rapporteur on IDPs and the Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights

We thank Ms. Jimenez-Damary for her comprehensive report and we remain a strong supporter of her mandate, as the number of IDPs around the world is high and increasing.

Norway support the road map for the next three years as outlined in her report. We would, however like to ask for an elaboration on one particular aspect: The comprehensive refugee response framework sets up principles that could be highly beneficial and cost-effective for assistance also to IDPs.

This includes, closer coordination between humanitarian and development agencies; improved access to education and health services; and opportunities for employment.

How can we ensure that assistance to IDPs, benefit from the global process to improve refugee response, and how can the special rapporteur contribute in this regard?

Mr. President,

Norway would also like to thank Mr. Alston for the work presented here today. He underlines that the international human rights community has had little to offer in response to the profound challenges associated with deep economic insecurity.

The report addresses some of the greatest challenges of our time and deserves attention and further discussion. We fully agree that we need to address these challenges in a comprehensive and holistic manner    and we believe the mandate on extreme poverty and human rights is well placed to help us move in the right direction