Launch of IDMC/NRC Global Report on Internal Displacement 2017 

Monday, 22 May 2017 

WHAT:       The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre and the Norwegian Refugee Council launch today 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 is 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 UN correspondents only

Interviews with Jan Egeland or Alexandra Bilak, can be arranged on 22/23 May in New York. Additional spokespeople are available in Geneva.


Sian Bowen ( and Francesca Da Ros ( for interviews with Jan Egeland and Alexandra Bilak.

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)
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Ms Francesca Da Ros (Geneva based, New York 20-24 May)
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Ms Rosemarie North (Geneva)
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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.