Development environment

UNHCR Annual Consultations with NGOs

From global responsibility to local action – Implementing the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) 

14-16 June 2017, Geneva

On 15 June (8.30-10.00), our director Alexandra Bilak will join the panel discussion entitled "From local to global: getting internally displaced persons back on the agenda". The panel will present and discuss the current protection and solutions prospects for internally displaced people and examine global figures and trends. It will take a closer look at situations of active conflict and violence, and the challenges and opportunities for protecting internally displaced people. In doing so, the panel will also explore more deeply the connection between internal displacement and cross-border movements. 

The consultation agenda is available here, the list of session livestreamed is available here. For more details, visit the dedicated page on UNHCR website.


Informing responses to support durable solutions workshop

12-13 June, Geneva

On 12 and 13 June, IDMC participated in a workshop to review a “library” of indicators, tools, methodologies and guidance to analyse and monitor progress towards durable solutions to displacement, and informed by findings from pilots in Sudan, Colombia and Myanmar.

The workshop is part of an inter-agency process set up in 2016 to operationalise the 2010 IASC Framework on Durable Solutions for Internally Displaced Persons, led by the Mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of IDPs, and coordinated by JIPS in collaboration with a Technical Steering Committee comprising a broad group of partners, including IDMC.  The Special Rapporteur will eventually seek endorsement of the project outputs by Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) on humanitarian policy, protection and assistance. Please see the JIPS website for further information.

Geneva launch of 2017 Global Report on Internal Displacement (GRID)

30 May 2017, Geneva

After a presentation of the GRID 2017 given by IDMC Director Alexandra Bilak, a discussion of the report's main findings will be moderated by BBC correspondent Imogen Foulkes, with the following speakers:

Yves Daccord, Director-General of the International Committee of the Red Cross
Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Ambassador William Lacy Swing, Director General of the International Organization for Migration

The keynote speech will be given by H.E. Ms. Suraya Dalil, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the United Nations Office and other international organisations in Geneva.

Videos of the launch are available here.

2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

22-26 May 2017, Cancun, Mexico

From 22 to 26 May IDMC will be in Cancun, Mexico, for the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction. The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (Global Platform), as recognized by the UN General Assembly, is the main forum at the global level for strategic advice, coordination, partnership development and the review of progress in the implementation of international instruments on disaster risk reduction. It is the first time the most important international forum dedicated to the disaster risk reduction agenda has been staged outside Geneva.

IDMC will be part of the following events:

A calendar of events is available here.

Key Messages for the 2017 Global Platform in Cancun

IDMC and other members of the PDD Advisory Committee contributed to the drafting of key messages at the request of, and in consultation with, the PDD Steering Group of member states, and will be promoting them at the Global Platform.

1. In the implementation of the Sendai Framework, integrate disaster displacement and human mobility in local, national and regional DRR strategies.
2. To successfully formulate and implement provisions on disaster displacement in DRR strategies and practice, strengthen all-of-society engagement and seek coordinated partnership of actors.
3. Strengthen the systematic collection and monitoring of displacement data at local, national and regional levels and make it accessible as critical evidence for DRR policy and planning.
For more detail, please see the PDD policy brief.

Launch of 2017 Global Report on Internal Displacement (GRID)

22 May 2017, New York, US

IDMC Director Alexandra Bilak and NRC Secretary General Jan Egeland will join the media launch of the 2017 Global Report on Internal Displacement at the UN Correspondent Association in New York on Monday 22 May at 11am EDT.

On Tuesday 23 May, 1pm - 2pm EDT, Alexandra Bilak and Jan Egeland will join the policy forum entitled "Refocusing attention to the plight of IDPs: internal displacement in 2017 and beyond" at the International Peace Institute in New York.

The event will be available live here on 23 May from 1pm EDT. 

IOM Flow Monitoring workshop

19 May 2017, Casablanca, Morocco

On 19 May, IDMC will be in Casablanca to participate in a workshop to improve methodologies for monitoring flows, convened by IOM and its Displacement Tracking Matrix team. IDMC will advise IOM how to capture incidents of new displacement, secondary/repeated displacements, cross-border movements as well as IDP returns in a more comprehensive and consistent manner.

Bonn Climate Change Conference

8-18 May 2017, Bonn, Germany

IDMC will be in Bonn for the Climate Change Conference organized by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). On Wednesday 17 May 18:30 - 20:00, Michelle Yonetani, IDMC's Senior Strategic Advisor on Disasters, will be part of the side event entitled "Human Mobility and Climate Change: Synergies between UNFCCC and other global policy processes" during which she will give a presentation on the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction. 

At COP21, it was decided to establish a Task Force on Displacement under the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage to develop recommendations to avert, minimize and address displacement related to the adverse effects of climate change.

This event takes stock of the policy processes that complement and supplement the work of the Task Force, including: the Platform on Disaster Displacement and follow up to Nansen Initiative Protection Agenda, implementation of the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction, development of the Global Compacts on Refugees and the Global Compact of Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, and the mechanisms of the Human Rights Council related to climate change.

This event will emphasize the synergies between these other policy processes and the climate change negotiations, reflect on how to ensure policy coherence, and highlight the specific value added of the UNFCCC process with regards to human mobility in the context of climate change.

The event will be available live here on 17 May from 18:30 CEST 


ICT4D Conference - from innovation to impact - Harnessing the Power of Data for the Sustainable Development Goals

15-18 May 2017, Hyderabad, India

From 15 to 18 May, IDMC's Senior Data Scientist Leonardo Milano will be in Hyderabad, India, for the ICT4D Conference. The annual event brings together public, private and civil society organizations from across the humanitarian and international development community to explore how innovation in technology is making a measurable difference in millions of people’s lives. This year focus will be on using data to accelerate achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals – creating a healthy, prosperous and just world. 

On Monday 15 May Leonardo will give a presentation entitled “Monitoring migration and internal displacement - filling the data gaps with innovation”, and on Tuesday 16 May will join a panel discussion with the title “Panel: Leveraging the Power of Geospatial Visualization and Analytics for Development”. 

International Peace Institute Vienna Seminar "Moving forward together: addressing human mobility"

9-10 May 2017, Vienna, Austria

IDMC's director Alexandra Bilak with be in Vienna from 9 to 10 May for the 2017 IPI Vienna Seminar. The event focus on the challenges and opportunities brought by the unprecedented numbers of people on the move, regardless of their legal status or the reasons that led them to flee their countries or their homes. It will provide an opportunity to gather insights on how to move forward to address the root causes of people fleeing their homes, to ensure a people-centered response to short, medium, and long-term needs of people on the move, and to support countries of origin, transit and destination while addressing the needs of people in a humane manner. The seminar will have an outcome document that will summarize the key points and proposals.

Alexandra will join Els Debuf (IPI), Pierre Gentile (ICRC), Asha Abdi Osman (social assistant and counselor and refugee (IDP) from Somalia) and Cecilia Jimenez-Damary (UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of IDPs) for a panel discussion entitled Filling the Gap: The Particular Challenges of Internal Displacement. 

Follow the conversation on Twitter: #IPIVS17 #movingforward. 

"The causes, perspective and tendencies of African migration towards Europe" workshop

27 April 2017, Budapest, Hungary

On 27 April, IDMC will be in Budapest for an international workshop entitled “The causes, perspective and tendencies of African migration towards Europe”. During the workshop, organized by the Hungarian Migration Research Institute, IDMC’s Senior Strategic Advisor on Conflict, Elizabeth Rushing, will give a presentation entitled “Internal displacement in Africa: root causes and onward journeys within and across borders”.

International Network on Displacement and Resettlement (INDR)

29-31 March 2017, Santa Fe, US 

IDMC’s Senior Strategic Advisor on Development, Nadine Walicki, will be in Santa Fe at the annual meeting of the International Network on  Displacement and Resettlement from 29 to 31 May. The meeting’s programme has interlinked sessions starring Susanna Price, Michael Cernea, Ted Downing and many new and young researchers working in the field of displacement and resettlement. 

Nadine will be giving a presentation entitled "Mapping Internal Displacement: Towards a Global Picture of the Scale and Impacts of Development-Caused Displacement" as part of the Thursday's session which will be focusing on improving and challenging current paradigms of displacement and resettlement.

The full programme is available here:



2017 Camden Conference “Refugees and Global Migration: Humanity’s Crisis”

17-19 February 2017, Camden, US

IDMC's Director Alexandra Bilak was one of the speakers of the 2017 Camden Conference "Refugees and Global Migration: Humanity's Crisis", her presentation entitled "At the heart of the problem: global scale and patterns of internal displacement" is available here below.

The 2017 Camden Conference featured lively discussions with speakers chosen for their firsthand knowledge and strong views on migrant and refugee issues. They explored the varied causes of the current international crisis and the unique challenges that come with accepting immigrants from particular countries, regions, and demographic groups. Speakers also examined the political, economic and social consequences of population flight for the countries they have abandoned in the Middle East, Africa and Central America. Going beyond the present crisis, conference speakers examined the factors that will likely drive migration in the coming decades—from dramatic demographic shifts to climate change, natural disasters, and ethnic, territorial, and political conflicts. 



 IAIA Special Symposium on Resettlement and Livelihoods

20 – 22 February 2017, Manila, The Philippines

IDMC’s Senior Strategic Advisor on Development, Nadine Walicki, will be in Manila at the IAIA Special Symposium on Resettlement and Livelihoods giving a presentation entitled “A global picture of development displacement” as part of the symposium’s plenary session on Wednesday 22 February.

Every year, millions of rural people are displaced in Asia due to the development of dams, infrastructure, mining, agriculture and forestry. Governments are also displacing large communities of urban dwellers to make way for the development of mega-cities and to mitigate disaster risk. There is much evidence that many of the people displaced by large projects experience reduced wellbeing and impoverishment.

Symposium participants will discuss key learnings about resettlement and livelihoods in urban and rural resettlement projects in Asia. The symposium aims to engage resettlement practitioners in Asia to explore an interest in creating a sustained virtual network that will exist beyond the symposium, thus allowing for a longer-term dialogue on resettlement and livelihoods issues, contributing to on-going capacity building in the region.

The full programme is available here:

Live online conference: Climate Change, Disasters and Human Mobility

Thursday, 24 November, 12.30 - 13.30 CET

IDMC's Head of Data & Analysis Justin Ginnetti will join a a panel to talk about climate change, disasters and human mobility. Every year, millions of people are forced to leave their homes because of floods, tropical storms, droughts, glacier melting, earthquakes and other natural hazards. Due to changes in the environment, more and more people will migrate in coming years, in particular within and between developing countries. The presentation draws from two projects “Migration, environment and climate change: Evidence for policy” (MECLEP) and “Climate change and displacement: Building an evidence base and equipping States with tools and guidance for action”.

More info about the conference here:

For the web-streaming please go to the following link:

IDMC and the OSCE, in Vienna

Special Human Dimension Committee Meeting on the Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of IDPs and Refugees, 15 September 2016

Conflicts and other phenomena across the OSCE region have resulted in the displacement of vast amounts of people from their places of residence. According to the UNHCR by the end of 2015 there were 4,8 million refugees and 2,8 million IDPs within the OSCE area. Their basic human rights and fundamental freedoms are often violated. Following the request of several participating States to tackle the issue of refugees and IDPs in the framework of the OSCE Human Dimension, the German Chairmanship of the OSCE and the Finnish Chair of the Human Dimension Committee have decided to hold a Special Human Dimension Committee Meeting on this important topic in Vienna on 15 September 2016.

The meeting will draw from the knowledge of expert speakers and representatives of participating States, as well as relevant OSCE structures and institutions and the civil society. 

IDMC's Director Alexandra Bilak will be presenting at the opening session at 10AM.

Read her talking points here.



From 27 to 29 July NRC/IDMC will take part in a technical meeting on migration, displacement and human mobility in Casablanca, Morocco. The event, organized by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), will bring together members of the Executive Committee (ExCom) of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), national and regional experts, representatives from international and United Nations organizations as well as the academic community to "Enhance the understanding of and expertise on how the impacts of climate change are affecting patterns of migration, displacement and human mobility; and the application of such understanding and expertise".

The meeting came out of discussions at the second meeting of the ExCom that took place in Bonn in May 2016, where the work on establishing a Task Force on Displacement was initiated. IDMC submitted this joint submission with partner members of the Advisory Group on Human Mobility and Climate Change ahead of those meetings, and delivered this statement on behalf of the Advisory Group at an ExCom side event on the topic of non-economic losses.

On 18 May, IDMC’s latest research and evidence was presented to over 55 delegates to the Bonn conference by our Senior Strategic Advisor, Michelle Yonetani at a side event, alongside other members of the Advisory Group. The event was reported on by the UNFCCC newsroom: “New Data Brings New Answers on Climate Migration, Experts Set Out Latest Advances in Bonn”.


IDMC will be at ECOSOC for two side events on 27 and 28 June 2016:

  • The humanitarian data landscape: from local to global use and impact (more information below)
  • Addressing protracted internal displacement: a multi-faceted challenge.


ECOSOC Side event 27 June 2016






Event 21062016 Human Rights of IDPs


 The event's concept note is available here


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