Internal Displacement in 2017 and Beyond

Tuesday 23 May 2017, 1:15 - 2:45 PM at International Peace Institute, 777 UN Plaza.

On May 23rd, IPI together with the Permanent Mission of Norway to the United Nations, and the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre cohosted a policy forum event on internal displacement.

IDMC’s Global Report on Internal Displacement (GRID) provides decision-makers and others actors working on displacement-related issues with the latest data and trends of internal displacement caused by conflict and disasters. The 2017 edition of the report also explores the connections between internal displacement and cross-border movement, including factors that force internally displaced persons (IDPs) across borders, and the impact of refugee returns to countries with high numbers of internal displacement. It suggests a better understanding of these connections is necessary for global agenda setting and policy-making, as well as for national preparedness and planning, to prevent and address the consequences of internal displacement.

The findings and data in the 2017 GRID are particularly relevant in light of ongoing debates at the UN, other multilateral fora and within states, with regard to human mobility. The 2016 New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrations has set in motion a process aimed at addressing large flows of refugees and migrants. At the same time, however, it is also necessary to refocus attention on the plight of internally displaced persons (IDPs). The protracted and increasingly repetitive nature of internal displacement crises also makes it a relevant topic to discuss challenges and opportunities for increased coordination and strategic cooperation between humanitarian and development sectors.

Based on the data and findings of the Global Report on Internal Displacement, which will be published the day before, this event sought to identify lessons learned, best practices, and operational and policy recommendations on how to move forward concretely to prevent internal displacement, address the long-and short term needs and challenges it spurs, and address the connections between internal and cross-border displacement.

Opening remarks:

  • H.E. Mr. Geir O. Pedersen,Permanent Representative of Norway to the United Nations


  • Ms. Alexandra Bilak,Director, Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre
  • Mr. Jan Egeland, Secretary-General, Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin, Senior Vice-President, World Bank Group
  • Mr. Firas Hassan Jabbar, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Iraq to the United Nations


  • Dr. Els Debuf, Head of Humanitarian Affairs, International Peace Institute

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