Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement

Walter Kälin

 Nonresident Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement (2010 – current)
Co-Director, Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement (2005-2010)
Representative of the UN Secretary-General on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons (2004 - October 2010)

 

Walter Kälin Items

BIOGRAPHY
Walter Kälin, a Swiss national, is a distinguished legal scholar, human rights expert and professor of constitutional and international law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Bern. He has been concerned with issues of IDPs for over a decade, having chaired the committee of legal experts that developed the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement and having worked closely with Deng and the Brookings Project on Internal Displacement for many years before his appointment as RSG. Upon his appointment, he asked the Project to continue its work in support of the new mandate, and in January 2005, the Project became the Brookings Institution – University of Bern Project on Internal Displacement.

In his capacity as RSG and as a standing invitee of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee, Kälin developed the Framework for Durable Solutions for Internally Displaced Persons and the Operational Guidelines on Human Rights and Natural Disasters (2006), which were piloted in the field and revised before being re-published in 2011 as the Operational Guidelines on the Protection of Persons in Situations of Natural Disasters.

 

UNITED NATIONS REPORTS, STATEMENTS AND PRESS RELEASES

Country Missions and Working Visits

2010

Working Visit to Haiti, October 2010

Working Visit to Iraq, October 2010

Working Visit to Iraq, September 2010

Working Visit to Armenia, September 2010

Working Visit to Georgia, September 2010

Working Visit to Central African Republic, July 2010

Working Visit to Azerbaijan, May 2010

Working Visit to Yemen, April 2010

2009

Working Visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina, November 2009

Working Visit to South Ossetia, November 2009
Mission to Somalia, October 2009

Working Visit to Sri Lanka, September 2009

Working Visit to Uganda, July 2009
Working Visit to Serbia, June-July 2009
Working Visit to Sri Lanka, April 2009

Working Visit to the Central African Republic, February 2009
Mission to Chad, February 2009

2008

Mission to Timor-Leste, December 2008
Working Visit to Colombia, November 2008
Mission to Georgia, October 2008
Working Visit to Mozambique, June-July 2008
Working Visit to Bosnia, June 2008
Working Visit to Kenya, May 2008
Mission to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, February 2008

2007

Mission to Sri Lanka, December 2007
Working Visit to Afghanistan, August 2007
Working Visit to Côte d'Ivoire, June 2007
Mission to Azerbaijan, April 2007
Mission to the Central African Republic, February-March 2007

2006

Working Visit to Georgia, December 2006

Working Visit to Turkey, October 2006

Mission to Lebanon & Israel, September 2006
Working Visit to Uganda, July 2006
Mission to Colombia, June 2006
Mission to Côte d'Ivoire, April 2006
2005

Mission to Georgia, December 2005
Mission to Sudan, October 2005
Mission to Serbia and Montenegro (including Kosovo), June 2005
Mission to Bosnia-Herzegovina, June 2005
Mission to Croatia, June 2005
Working Visit to Turkey, May 2005
Mission to Nepal, April 2005

Working Visit to Sri Lanka and Thailand, February-March 2005

Statements, Articles, Op-Eds, and Reports from the Special Rapporteur

  • Annual Report of the Representative to the UN General Assembly, 11 August 2011
  • "The Earthquake Recovery Process in Haiti," Statement by Walter Kälin, UN Human Rights Commission Special Session on Haiti 27-28 January 2010, 27 January 2010
  • Annual Report of the Representative to the UN General Assembly, 5 January 2010
  • AU Convention on Internally Displaced: "A Beacon of Hope for 12 Million Africans," Says UN Representative, UN Press Release, 26 October 2009
  • The Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons, Statement by Walter Kälin to the United Nations General Assembly, 26 October 2009
  • African Union Convention on Protection and Assistance for Internally Displaced Persons, Statement by Walter Kälin on the occassion of the AU Special Summit on Refugees, Returnees and IDPs, 23 October 2009
  • Report of the Representative of the Secretary-General on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons to the United Nations General Assembly, 3 August 2009
  • Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons in Serbia, Statement by Walter Kälin, Parliament of Serbia, 30 June 2009
  • Climate Change, Natural Disasters, and Internal Displacement, Statement by Walter Kälin, Committee on Migration, Refugees and Population of the Parliamentary Assembly, Council of Europe, 24 June 2009
  • Protracted Displacement in Europe, Statement by Walter Kälin, Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly Debate on Protracted Displacement in Europe, 24 June 2009
  • HIV/AIDS and the Protection of the Rights of Internally Displaced Persons, Statement by Walter Kälin, UNAIDS Coordinating Board Meeting, 22 June 2009
  • UN Expert Extremely Concerned about Situation of Displaced in Sri Lanka, UN Press Release, 15 May 2009
  • Internal Displacement and the Role of Parliamentarians in Times of Crises, Statement by Walter Kälin, 120th Assembly Meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Addis Ababa, 9 April 2009
  • Human Rights and Internal Displacement, Statement by the Representative to the Human Rights Council, 12 March 2009 
  • UN Human Rights Expert Fears More Displacement in Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, UN Press Release, 27 January 2009
  • The Future of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement, Article by Walter Kälin, Forced Migration Review, December 2008
  • UN Expert Calls on Parties to the Sri Lankan Conflict to Better Protect the Displaced, UN Press Release, 23 December 2008
  • UN Human Rights Experts Concerned about Serious Human Rights Violations in Eastern DRC, UN Press Release, 28 November 2008
  • Protracted Displacement in Europe: Perspectives and Solutions, Statement of the Representative to the Council of Europe, Parliamentary Assembly, Committee on Migration, Refugees and Population, Geneva, 26 November 2008
  • Renewed Effort Needed to Help the Displaced, Opinion by Walter Kälin, The Irish Times, 30 October 2008
  • Taking Stock and Moving Forward, Statement by Walter Kälin to the United Nations General Assembly, Third Committee, New York, 27 October 2008
  • Strengthening the Rights of Internally Displaced Persons, Opinion by Walter Kälin, Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement, 16 October 2008
  • Finding Durable Solutions for Sri Lanka's Displaced, Statement by Walter Kälin at the National Consultations on IDPs and Durable Solutions, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 23 September 2008
  • UN Expert on Internally Displaced Persons Concerned about the Situation in Georgia, UN Press Release, 14 August 2008
  • The Climate Change - Displacement Nexus, Statement by Walter Kälin to the ECOSOC Panel on Disaster Risk Reduction and Preparedness: Addressing the Humanitarian Consequences of Natural Disasters, 16 July 2008
  • Durable Solutions for Internally Displaced Persons: An Essential Dimension of Peacebuilding, Statement of the Representative to the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission Working Group on Lessons Learned, New York, 13 March 2008
  • Durable Solutions for Internally Displaced Persons: An Essential Dimension of Peacebuilding, Briefing Paper sutbmitted to the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission Working Group on Lessons Learned Meeting, 13 March 2008
  • A Human Rights Perspective for Natural Disasters, Statement by Walter Kälin, Brookings Institution Seminar - Fires, Floods, Earthquakes and Tsunamis: A Human Rights Perspective for Major Natural Disasters, 14 January 2008
  • Special Procedures Mandate Holders Deeply Concerned by Situation in Kenya, Statement by Walter Kälin and other Mandate Holders, 4 January 2008
  • Deteriorating Situation in Sri Lanka, Interview of Walter Kälin, U.N. Radio, 4 January 2008
  • Promotion and Protection of Human Rights - Review, Rationalization and Improvements of Mandates, Statement to the 6th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, 13 December 2007
  • Legal Aspects of Return of Internally Displaced Persons and Refugees to Abkhazia, Georgia, Statement to the Panel on the Legal Aspects of Return of IDPs and Refugees to Abkhazia, Georgia, United Nations, 29 November 2007
  • Statement to the 62nd Session of the General Assembly, Third Committee by RSG Walter Kälin, 29 October 2007
  • Statement on IDPs in Afghanistan— "UN highlights conflict's impact on civilians, IRIN News, 17 August 2007
  • A Tragedy of Increasing Proportions: Internal Displacement in Iraq, Forced Migration Review, Special Issue, June 2007
  • Statement of the Representative at The International Conference on Addressing the Humanitarian Needs of Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons inside Iraq and in Neighbouring Countries, 18 April 2007
  • Statement of the Representative to the 4th Session of the U.N. Human Rights Council, 20 March 2007
  • The Future of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement, Forced Migration Review, Special Edition, December 2006
  • Statement by the Representative at the Presentation of the Draft of the National Strategy for Internally Displcaed Persons in Georgia, Tbilisi, 15 December 2006
  • Statement of the Representative to the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, 18 November 2006
  • Statement of the Representative to the Human Rights Council, Second Session, 19 September 2006
  • "Internal Displacement and the Protection of Property," Swiss Human Rights Book, Volume 1, July 2006
  • Statement of the Representative to the 61st Session of the General Assembly, Third Committee, 21 August 2006
  • UN Human Rights Experts Urge Parties to the Current Conflict in the Middle East to Fully Respect and Protect the Rights of the Civilian Populations, 21 July 2006
  • Statement of the Representative to the Forum Asia Training Workshop and Consultation on Internally Displaced Persons in South Asia, 13 July 2006
  • Opening Statement of the Representative to the Workshop on the Implementation of Uganda's National Policy for Internally Displaced Persons, Kampala, Uganda, 3-4 July 2006
  • RSG Kälin Calls on All Actors to Halt Forced Displacement in Eastern Chad, 26 June 2006
  • Keynote Address to IOM Colloquium on Political Participation of IDPs, 13 June 2006
  • "Georgia Must Act on Promises to End Displacement Crisis," Forced Migration Review #25, May 2006
  • Statement to the 39th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and People's Rights, Banjul, The Gambia, 12 May 2006
  • Opening Statement of the Representative to the First Regional Conference on Internal Displacement in West Africa, Abuja, Nigeria, 24-26 April 2006
  • Keynote Address at the Panel on Internal Displacement and the Marsh Arabs of Iraq, AMAR Foundation Conference, London, 1 March 2006
  • What Remains to Be Done in the Balkans, International Herald Tribune, 22 December 2005
  • Relief and Rehabilitation Efforts Remain Problematic One Year After Asian Tsunami, Say UN Experts, 19 December 2005
  • Keynote Address to First National Multi-Stakeholders' Forum on Promoting & Protecting the Rights of IDPs, Philippines, 9 December 2005
  • Keynote Address to Asian Development Bank Regional Workshop, Philippines, 8 December 2005
  • Time to Strengthen Protection of IDPs, Forced Migration Review, November 2005
  • Donors Must Meet International Responsibilities to Survivors of the South Asia Earthquake, UN Experts Warn, 21 November 2005
  • The Role of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement, Forced Migration Review, October 2005
  • UN Representative Calls Zimbabwe Crisis Massive Internal Displacement, 29 July 2005
  • Natural Disasters and IDPs' Rights, Forced Migration Review Special edition, July 2005
  • UN Human Rights Experts Deplore Recent Killings During Relocation of Displaced Persons in Sudanese Capital, 20 May 2005
  • The Voting Rights of Internally Displaced Persons, Statement to the OSCE Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting on Challenges of Election Technologies and Procedures, Vienna, 21-22 April 2005
  • UN Human Rights Expert Deplores Ongoing Displacement in Darfur, 11 November 2004
  • Statement of Representative at Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting, 4 November 2004

    ADDITIONAL BROOKINGS ACTIVITIES

    For more information on Walter Kälin's role as a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution is available on his Brookings expert page.