Media advisory: Launch of IDMC/NRC Global Report on Internal Displacement 2019

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WHAT: The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre of the Norwegian Refugee Council will launch the 2019 Global Report on Internal Displacement, presenting the latest evidence and analysis of internal displacement by conflict and disasters worldwide. The number of people displaced within their own countries is the highest the world has ever seen. Years of unresolved crises have been compounded by new waves of violence and extreme weather events across the globe. Displacement increasingly occurring in urban areas adds new layers of complexity to an already challenging issue. But cities are also where solutions can be found.

WHEN: The report will launch globally on Friday 10 May 2019.

WHERE: UN Palais de Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

The event will be live-streamed and available to watch at

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

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

A press briefing will take place 09.30 – 10.15 on 10 May at the UN Palais de Nations in Geneva for accredited journalists. It will be webcast live at Media outlets are also invited to request remote or studio interviews. Embargoed copies of the full report, summary and press releases will be available from Monday 6 May.


Please contact Frankie Parrish: +41 22 552 36 45 to request embargoed materials and set up interviews with Alexandra Bilak and Jan Egeland.


Alexandra Bilak is the director of the Geneva-based Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre since 2016. She has over fifteen years’ experience in research and policy development on displacement in the context of conflict and violence, disasters, climate change and development investments. Between 2001 - 2014 Bilak lived in Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Kenya, where she worked for various research institutes and international NGOs and managed research and advocacy programmes on conflict and forced migration.

Jan Egeland is the Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council. He has over 30 years of experience in international work with humanitarian crises, human rights and conflict resolution. In September 2015, Egeland was appointed by the UN Secretary-General as Special Adviser to the UN Special Envoy for Syria with a focus on humanitarian access and protection of civilians. He ended this role in December 2018. From 2003 - 2006, Egeland served as UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.