Resolving internal displacement – and preventing future displacement- is inextricably linked with achieving lasting peace. On one hand, unresolved problems of displacement may cause instability and thus threaten peace processes as well as peace-building efforts. On the other hand durable solutions, particularly return, cannot be achieved for internally displaced persons as long as there is a lack of security; property is not restored; and conditions for sustainable solutions – including reconciliation between local communities and returnees, post-conflict reconstruction and the re-establishment of the rule of law and a legitimate government – are not in place. Yet it has become apparent to me, during my many missions and working visits to postconflict countries around the world, that internally displaced persons are rarely consulted or represented in peace processes; their particular circumstances are often overlooked in the language of peace agreements; and peace-building initiatives often marginalize or forget them. Drawing on an extensive review of recent peace negotiations, this report provides concrete recommendations – to governments; UN agencies; and NGOs and civil society, for including internally displaced persons – or at least their priorities – in peace processes; drafting peace agreements to address their concerns; and realizing their potential during peace-building. I am pleased to endorse this latest publication from the Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement. Through providing policy analysis and research the Project directly supports my mandate as Representative of the UN Secretary-General on the
Suggests that the May 2006 Darfur peace agreement may do little more than obscure the ongoing violence, destruction, displacement, & rape. Three key issues underlying the fragility of the agreement are discussed: the good faith of the Sudan government, the tribal & ethnic character of the insurgencies, & the role of peacekeeping forces where there is no peace.