Robert Piper becomes special adviser to the UN chief on internal displacement

UNITED NATIONS, May 4 (Xinhua) — UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday announced the appointment of Australia’s Robert Piper as his special adviser on solutions to internal displacement.

The appointment of a special adviser on solutions to internal displacement “is a key component of the secretary-general’s Action Agenda on Internal Displacement,” according to a press release issued by the secretary-general’s office.

The action agenda, developed in response to the September 2021 report of the High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement, will help mobilize collective action and promote solutions for the millions of people who are today displaced within their own countries, with a focus on the root. causes anchored in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, according to the press release.

The special adviser will “ensure robust follow-up” to the action agenda and strengthen United Nations leadership on solutions, galvanizing high-level engagement at the global, regional and national levels on durable solutions to internal displacement; strengthen links with development actors, including international financial institutions; and foster collaboration within the United Nations system to more effectively promote durable solutions.

The special adviser will “ensure a strong emphasis on sustainable development,” especially through the enhanced system of UN resident coordinators and UN country teams around the world, the note said.

Piper brings more than 30 years of experience in international development, humanitarian response and UN peacebuilding to the role. He is currently UN Under-Secretary-General and Head of the UN Development Coordination Office.

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