MEDIA ADVISORY - Launch of IDMC/NRC Global Report on Internal Displacement 2017

WHAT:       The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre of the Norwegian Refugee Council will launch the 2017 Global Report on Internal Displacement (GRID 2017) presenting the latest data and trends of internal displacement by conflict and disasters worldwide. The focus of this year’s report will be on the connections between internal and cross- border displacement, the factors that force internally displaced people (IDPs) across borders, and the issue of refugees being returned home, sometimes against their will, only to become internally displaced again. Despite the fact that IDPs outnumber refugees by two to one, internal displacement is still neglected as an issue of global concern.

WHEN:      Monday 22 May 2017

                  11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EDT

WHERE:   UN Correspondents Association (UNCA)

                 UN Secretariat Building, Room S-308405 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017

WHO:       Alexandra Bilak, Director, Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC)

                 Jan Egeland, Secretary General, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Please note that this press briefing is open to UNCA registered press only.

Any media outlet can request interviews with Jan Egeland or Alexandra Bilak under embargo before 22 May or live/recorded on 22/23 May in New York. Additional spokespeople will be available in Geneva.

The press release plus support materials will be disseminated at 00.01 EDT on May 22. A dedicated webpage will also be available from May 22 (link currently not active). This will include a complete media pack containing: global and regional press releases, highlights document with facts and figures, b-roll for media and other background documents. 


Sian Bowen ( and Francesca Da Ros ( for interviews with Jan Egeland and Alexandra Bilak and to request an embargoed copy of the report.

Rosemarie North ( ) for interviews with Geneva based spokespeople.


Jan Egeland is the Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council. He has over 30 years of experience from international work with humanitarian crises, situations, human rights and conflict resolution. He chairs the UN/ISSG Task Force on Humanitarian Access in Syria, as well as the Humanitarian Leadership Academy. Egeland also sits on the High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Cash Transfers and is part of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Humanitarian Response.

Alexandra Bilak is the director of the Geneva-based Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre since July 2015. She has over fifteen years’ experience working on evidence-based policy development, strategy, programme design and delivery. Between 2004 and 2014, she lived in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya, where she worked for various research institutes and international NGOs and managed research and advocacy programmes on conflict and forced migration


Ms Sian Bowen (Geneva based, New York 20-24 May)
Head of Communications
Office Tel: 00 41 22 552 3612
Mobile: 00 41 78 630 16 78

Ms Francesca Da Ros (Geneva based, New York 20-24 May)
Communications Coordinator
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Ms Rosemarie North (Geneva)
Reporting Coordinator
Office Tel 0041 22 552 3674

The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) ( was established by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in 1998.  Monitoring internal displacement caused by conflict, violence, human rights violations and natural disasters worldwide, the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) is widely respected as the leading source of information and analysis on internal displacement throughout the world.

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The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), established in 1998 by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), is the leading international body monitoring internal displacement worldwide.


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