Development environment

Ninth Session of the World Urban Forum

7 - 13 February, Kuala Lumpur

The coordinator of our Global Report on Internal Displacement (GRID), Vicente Anzellini, will be in Kuala Lumpur for the ninth session World Urban Forum, the world’s premier conference on urban issues. It was established in 2001 by the United Nations to examine one of the most pressing issues facing the world today: rapid urbanisation and its impact on communities, cities, economies, climate change and policies. The ninth session will be the first to focus on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda adopted in Habitat III. WUF9 will be instrumental to substantively feed into the inputs for the first report of the implementation of the New Urban Agenda. 

On Friday 9 February at 6pm local time Vicente will take part in a side event with the title "Urban forced displacement: the new normal" organized by the Directorate General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO). The side event intends to raise awareness of the urgencies faced by urban refugees. Discussions will explore how the implementation of the New Urban Agenda can contribute to addressing the needs of forcibly displaced persons, in line with the in line with the 'Leave No One Behind' commitment guiding the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, and associated commitments made at the World Humanitarian Summit, and the General Assembly's Summit to address Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants.

More information on the side event is available here.


IDMC workshop on internal displacement data

18 January 2018, Brussels

At the end of 2017 we added two interactive features to our Global Internal Displacement Database (the GIDD): a Global Displacement Risk Model and a Displacement Data Exploration Tool. Following the launch of these tools we are now convening a series of hands-on training workshops designed to inform people how to use the existing tools, to showcase additions planned for 2018 and to get feedback on what additional features and functionalities would be helpful, so that we can incorporate these ideas into the next versions of the GIDD. The first of these meetings will take place on 18 January in Brussels.
The purpose of the workshop is to give partners access to as much of our displacement data as possible and to equip them to get the most out of that data so that it can be used to inform policy development and investment decision making, particularly around disaster risk reduction, development, climate change adaptation and humanitarian assistance.
This workshop is made possible thanks to the generous support of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO).


International Workshop on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure

15-16 January 2018, New Delhi

Our head of policy and research, Bina Desai, will be in New Delhi for the International Workshop on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure organized by the National Disaster Management Authority, of the Government of India in collaboration with UNISDR.

The workshop will bring together experts from partner countries, multilateral development banks, the United Nations, the private sector and academia.

The main objectives of the workshop are:

  • To take stock of impact of disasters on different infrastructure sectors and good practices in making infrastructure disaster resilient;
  • Identify critical gaps in current practices that need to be addressed in the coming years.

Identify good practices and potential areas of collaboration along four themes:

  • Development of risk assessment methodologies, risk metrics and indicators of sustainability for different infrastructure classes;
  • Issues of standards, design and regulation for infrastructure development, operations and maintenance;
  • Financing for disaster resilient infrastructure including risk transfer mechanisms;
  • Reconstruction and recovery of key infrastructure sectors after disasters.

the workshop's agenda is available here.

IDMC will join the workshop also in its capacity as the interim secretariat of the Risk Nexus Initiative:

PreView Data Workshop

16-17 January 2018, Berlin

Our senior data scientist Leonardo Milano will be in Berlin for a data workshop organized by the German Federal Foreign Office. the Oiffce is currently improving its crisis prediction and conflict analysis capabilities by establishing an Early Warning Unit. Part of the work of this unit is dedicated to the PreView (Prediction, Visualisation, and Early Warning) project. PreView aims to provide analysts with a comprehensive tool for exploring and analysing structural and event data, enabling our country desks and crisis teams to minimise and harmonise research efforts and to concentrate on evaluating data and taking action. During the workshop Leonardo will present our work on real-time monitoring and early warning tools. 

International Forum on Migration Statistics

15-16 January 2018, Paris

IDMC will be in Paris to join the first International Forum on Migration Statistics (IFMS). This 2-day event will showcase the most innovative research and initiatives to measure population mobility and generate timely statistics. More than 150 experts, high-level policy-makers, and representatives from civil society will exchange ideas on data innovations to improve the understanding of the global migration phenomenon and support policy evaluations. This unique Forum, co-organised by three renowned International Organisations (OECD, IOM and UNDESA) will also create synergies between all stakeholders and perspectives, with representatives from 'origin', ‘transit’ and 'host' countries of migrants. 

Our head of data & analysis, Justin Ginnetti, will join other experts on a panel on migration & environment on 16 January.

More information about the forum is available here.

Launch of the case-study 'Going "home" to displacement: Afghanistan's returnee-IDPs'

15 December 2017, Geneva

At the end of 2017, internal displacement in Afghanistan is on the rise. As the conflict deteriorates, so too has the welcome of Afghans in neighbouring countries. Up to half a million Afghans are expected to have returned from Pakistan and Iran by the end of this year, many directly into internal displacement. Afghans who have returned to their country but cannot go back to their area of origin, known as “returnee-IDPs”, number in the hundreds of thousands. Alongside internally displaced people, they struggle to secure basic living conditions, livelihoods or basic services.

For the last several months, the Norwegian Refugee Council and Samuel Hall have been on the ground in Afghanistan hearing from returnee-IDPs and IDPs on their reintegration needs and the obstacles they face in securing durable solutions to their displacement. While the broader findings of this research will be launched in January, we took the opportunity during the week of the High Commissioner’s Dialogue on protection challenges to launch and present a case study on the specific situation of returnee-IDPs, as part of our Invisible Majority thematic series.

IDMC's director Alexandra Bilak gave an opening speech, after which the report and research findings were presented by Nassim Majidi, Director of think tank Samuel Hall. the presentation was  followed by a discussion with these additional panelists:

• Ayaki Ito, UN refugee agency (UNHCR), Deputy Director of Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific
• Will Carter, Norwegian Refugee Council, Head of Programme in Afghanistan
• Muhammad Rizki, UN migration agency (IOM), Information Management Officer

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Presentation of the case-study Going 'home' to displacement: Afghanistan's returnee-IDPs. From left: Muhammad Rizki, UN migration agency (IOM), Will Carter, Norwegian Refugee Council, Ayaki Ito, UN refugee agency (UNHCR), Nassim Majidi, Samuel Hall, Alexandra Bilak, IDMC. Photo: IDMC/Rachel Natali



Presentation of the 2017 Africa Report on Internal Displacement

8 December 2017, Geneva

Our second report on internal displacement in Africa was presented on Friday 8 December in Geneva by our director Alexandra Bilak. Her presentation was followed by a discussion with the following panelists:

  • H.E. Mr. Zénon Mukongo Ngay, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva
  • H.E. Mr. Léopold Ismael Samba, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of the Central African Republic to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva
  • Mr. Bruce Mokaya Orina, Deputy Director for Africa of the International Committee of the Red Cross

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 From the left: Bruce Mokaya Orina, H.E. Mr. Léopold Ismael Samba, Alexandra Bilak and H.E. Zénon Mukongo Ngay 


Responses to Displacement in the Middle East - Conference

30 November 2017, The London School of Economics& Political Science

Our researcher, Schadi Semnani, will join a conference on displacement in the Middle East and responses to it. Schadi will join a panel entitled "Internal Displacement and the question of return" during which she will present a paper focused on the experiences of returnees in Syria. 

The programme of the conference is available here.


Workshop on displacement data with NRC and the African Union

13 - 15 November, Kampala, Uganda

Our senior monitoring coordinator on conflict and violence, Adrián Calvo Valderrama, and our senior monitoring coordinator on disasters and development, Sylvain Ponserre, were in Kampala, Uganda, from 13 to 15 November, to facilitate a two-day workshop co-organised with NRC and the African Union. The event, with the title "Strengthening collection, analysis and use of forced displacement data and report in Africa", brought  together representatives from different African countries and UN agencies - IOM, UNDP, UNHCR and UNOCHA - the World Bank and the Joint IDP Profiling Service. 

The workshop aimed to take stock of what data on internal displacement is, or is not, being collected by governments and to identify challenges and solution for data collection on internal displacement. 


International conference on humanitarian response in urban crises

15-16 November 2017, London

Our coordinator of IDMC's Global Report on Internal Displacement Vicente Anzellini will be in London on 15 and 16 November for a conference organised by the International Institute for Environment and Development and the International Rescue Committee. The conference, with the title "Crises in cities and cities in crisis: towards a collaborative urban response", will bring together researchers, practitioners and policymakers from the humanitarian and development communities, urban specialists, including planners and senior officials, as well as representatives of donor organisations, to discuss humanitarian response and collaboration. Vicente will be part of a panel with the title "Data for more effective urban response". He will present our research on urban displacement monitoring and our programme on the topic for the coming years. 

The conference agenda is available here.


IDMC at COP 23

8 November 2017, Bonn

IDMC will be in Bonn for COP 23, the UN Climate Change Conference, and will be part of a conference's side event entitled "Uprooted by Climate Change: Responding to the growing risk of displacement". 

This event will discuss displacement in the context of climate change and consider progress related to displacement in implementing the Paris Agreement  and COP decisions. A special focus will be given to the Task Force on Displacement under the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage (WIM). This Task Force was created to develop recommendations to avert, minimize and address displacement related to the adverse effects of climate change by COP24. The event will also look at the role of the Global Compacts Refugees and Migration, to be finalized in September 2018, and other global, regional and national initiatives in addressing climate displacement. Panelists will provide insights to the concrete challenges faced in the Pacific, South Asia and Horn of Africa and discuss potential solutions on regional and global levels. 

IDMC mission to El Salvador and Honduras

22 - 27 October 2017

From 22 to 27 October, our senior monitoring coordinator Adrián Calvo-Valderrama and Monitoring Expert Andres Rodriguez will visit El Salvador and Honduras as part of our research to understand the phenomenon of internal displacement and estimate its scale in the Northern Triangle of Central America (NTCA) in the context of generalized criminal violence for an evidence-informed policy and programming response.

Organized criminal violence associated with drug trafficking and gang activity has reached epidemic proportions in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras in recent years. As a result, there were an estimated 714,000 internally displaced people in the region as of the end of 2015, up from 566,000 at the end of 2014, many of them driven from and within cities suffering the highest homicide rates in the world and levels of violence comparable with a war zone.

During the mission IDMC staff will meet ICRC, IOM, NRC, UNHCR and other organisations to identify potential partners in the region. They will also attend the regional conference in San Pedro Sula for a comprehensive refugee response framework that responds to the displacement situation in the region. The conference is co-organized by the Government of Honduras, the Organization of American States, and UNHCR. Additionally, IDMC  will visit a community with internally displaced people and get their testimonies, and talk to relevant organisation that work “on the ground” to gather relevant testimony and information for the GRID and other products.

Innovation at IDMC

Thursday, 12 October 2017, Geneva

On Thursday, IDMC hosted an event to present how we are applying innovative techniques to monitor, analyse and forecast displacement. Our data and analysis experts discussed how we want to collaborate to improve our existing tools and how these tools can be applied to other issues and challenges. During the event, representatives from Data for Democracy, a community-driven initiative for data scientists and winner of our #IDETECT challenge, joined the conversation.   

The event was streamed live on Facebook, the video is available here

The presentations are available here.


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International Day for Disaster Reduction 2017

Home safe home: reducing exposure, reducing displacement

Friday 13 October 2017, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

On 13 October, IDMC's Head of Policy and Research, Bina Desai, will join an event organised by the African Union Commission to commemorate the International Day for Disaster Reduction. The event is an opportunity to acknowledge and reflect on the substantial gains as well as challenges confronted in reducing disaster risk. 

Bina will give a presentation entitled "Disaster induced displacement: the case of Africa and Ethiopia" during which she will also present the key findings of the recently published thematic reports "Reducing displacement risk in the Greater Horn of Africa" and "Global Disaster displacement risk - a baseline for future work".

Seminar "Reducing disaster risks to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals" 

12 October 2017, 16:00 - Library Events Room, Palais des Nations, Geneva

IDMC's GRID coordinator, Vicente Anzellini, will join a seminar organised by the UN Information Service together with the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction. Vicente will discuss Sendai Priority 1 (understanding disaster risk) and 2 (strengthening disaster risk governance) and the potential they have in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. He will also present some preliminary results of the Disaster Displacement Risk Model developed by IDMC, and will discuss the importance to assess the risk of displacement that is likely to happen, and not only count the number of internally displaced people after the disaster happened.

Humanitarian Innovation Day

20 September 2017, Oslo

On 20 September, our senior data scientist Leonardo Milano will be in Oslo for the Humanitarian Innovation Day event. The meeting, organized by the Norwegian Refugee Council, Save the Children Norway, the Norwegian Church Aid and the Norwegian Red Cross, invites participants to share best practices and experiences about opportunities and challenges with developing and implementing innovative solutions in humanitarian response. Leonardo will give a presentation on using big data and predictive modelling to improve emergency response. 

NRC public event: "Three years later: how well protected are the rights of Ukraine's Internally Displaced People?"

19 September 2017, 12:30 - Geneva

On Tuesday 19 September, IDMC Director Alexandra Bilak will join a panel of experts to explore the economic and social rights of Ukraine's displaced and conflict-affected population. The panelists will talk about the protection and assistance needs of IDPs. 

The discussion will be moderated by James Munn, NRC Geneva director. Alexandra Bilak will join the following panellists:

  • Dr. Chaloka Beyani, Associated Professor of International Law at LSE, former UN Special Rapporteur on human rights of IDPs;
  • Christopher Mehley, Country Director in Ukraine, NRC;
  • Mykhailo Tarakhkalo, Strategic Litigation Director, Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union.

More details can be found in the event's invitation


GCDS and Pilot Countries Meeting

31 August -1 September 2017, Bangkok

From 31 August to 1 September, our Head of Data & Analysis Justin Ginnetti was in Bangkok for a meeting organised by the Global Centre for Disaster Statistics (GCDS). The GCDS project, launched by UNDP and the International Research Institute for Disaster Science (IRIDeS), Tohoku University, focuses on supporting high-risk countries and is aligned with UNDP’s global commitment in support of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) that will systematically address the growing threats from climate change and disaster risks. 

The GCDS builds on UNDP’s global and in-country experience, IRIDeS’s research and analytic expertise, and with IT expertise from Fujitsu to generate value-added impacts and increase the capacity of countries to reduce the loss of lives and livelihoods of the most vulnerable and poor people due to disasters. Before embarking on the development of a full-fledged programme to scale-up the GCDS support globally, UNDP, IRIDeS, and Fujitsu plan to undertake a limited number of joint activities in selected pilot countries in Asia – Cambodia, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Philippines, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

This was the first meeting of IRIDeS, Fujitsu and UNDP with the technical representatives from each of the pilot countries. Though there have been bi-lateral discussions with the countries for developing capacities and providing support to monitor and report on SFDRR and SDG targets and indicators, the meeting provided an opportunity to bring all pilot countries and partners together to share information and develop a concrete plan of activities.

Expert Group on Refugee and IDP Statistics (EGRIS)

28-30 August 2017, Geneva

On August 28-30, IDMC participated in the third round of works for the finalisation of the Technical Report on statistics of internally displaced persons. The report constitutes one of the key deliverables of the works of the international Expert Group on Refugee and IDP Statistics (EGRIS), mandated by the United Nations Statistical Commission (UNSC).



DesertifActions Summit: Climate migrations: which challenges for territories and local communities

27-28 June 2017, Strasbourg

Our Senior Strategic Advisor on disasters, Michelle Yonetani, joined a roundtable panellist at the DesertifActions Summit of non-state actors in Strasbourg, 27-28 June 2017. At a session entitled "Climate migrations: which challenges for territories and local communities”, Michelle will introduce the work of IDMC on displacement in the slow onset contexts, and the workplan of the Task Force on Displacement established by the Executive Committee of the UNFCCC Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage, of which she is a member.The objective of this session is to identify avenues of analysis and proposals to build better synergies between international and local actors in responses to climate migration and displacement. The outcomes of this session will be linked to the parallel meeting of the Global Forum of Migration and Development in Berlin, as well as the UNCCD COP13 and UNFCCC COP23, and inform the Climate Chance World Summit, to be held in Agadir in September 2017.


ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment 2017 Side Event: Breaking the impasse: a new approach to addressing protracted internal displacement 

23 June 2017, Geneva

On Friday 23 June (13.15 - 14.45), our Director Alexandra Bilak will join the side event "Breaking the impasse: a new approach to addressing protracted internal displacement". This is one of the side events to be convened during the ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment, in keeping with this year’s theme: Restoring Humanity and Leaving No One Behind: Working together to reduce people's humanitarian need, risk and vulnerability. More specifically, the event's theme is directly connected on eradicating poverty (SDG 1) and leaving no one behind, as internally displaced people in protracted situations are some of the most vulnerable people in the world

The side event is also an opportunity to present the results of Breaking the Impasse, a study on protracted internal displacement which highlights the need for a new approach - using collecting outcomes to end or reduce vulnerability for internally displaced people and move towards durable solutions - and offers concrete recommendations to guide governments, humanitarian and development organizations and donors. 

The event will be chaired by Mr. Hansjoerg Strohmeyer, Director, OCHA Policy Development and Studies Branch. Alexandra Bilak will join the following panelists:

  • Mr. Walter Kälin, author of the report and former Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons
  • Ms. Paula Gaviria Betancur, Presidential Adviser on Human Rights, Colombia
  • Ms. Cecilia Jimenez-Damary, UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons
  • Mr. Raphael Nägeli, Deputy Head of Human Security Division, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Switzerland

The event's concept note is available here. The full list of ECOSOC side events is available here


Combating climate change while protecting rights: implementing the Paris Agreement - briefing

21 June 2017, Geneva

On 21 June, our Senior Strategy Adviser on Disasters Michelle Yonetani will join a briefing for permanent representatives in Geneva entitled "Combating climate change while protecting rights: implementing the Paris Agreement". 

Negotiations to support the full and effective implementation of the Paris Agreement under the UNFCCC resumed last month (May 2017). The briefing will provide an overview of key outcomes from the session and offer critical insight into the current state of the negotiations of the rules for implementation of the Paris Agreement. The briefing will address in further detail how cross-cutting principles including human rights, the rights of indigenous peoples, gender equality, food security and a just transition have been addressed during the negotiations in Bonn and how they might be further addressed in future sessions. 

Moderator: Benjamin Schachter, Human Rights Officer (climate focal point), Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
H.E. Ambassador Nazhat Khan , Permanent Representative of Fiji to UNOG and Chief Negotiator of the COP-23 Presidency
Matthew McKinnon, Project Manager, CVF Support, UNDP (TBC)
Sebastien Duyck, Senior Attorney, Center for International Environmental Law
Michelle Yonetani, Member, Warsaw International Mechanism task force on displacement 

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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