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Urban sustainability is a key objective in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, set by world leaders in 2015 to end poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change. Yet, it cannot be achieved if national and local governments continue to overlook the issue of internal displacement. In this blog for World Cities Day, we explore how urbanisation and internal displacement are inextricably linked and must be considered together in order to form effective responses.
October 2018 - Until now, there were no globally recognized standards for statistics on forcibly displaced people. As a result, data on refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced persons (IDPs) are often incomplete and cannot be compared. The work of the Expert Group on Refugee and IDP Statistics (EGRIS) paves the way towards better statistics on forcibly displaced populations.
Today, IDMC is signing up as a Champion of the Inclusive Data Charter. This is one step towards linking the displacement data community with the sustainable development agenda and I believe it is an important one. The Charter, which was launched in July 2018, aims to mobilise political support to improve ‘the quality, quantity, financing, and availability of inclusive and disaggregated data’.
Internal displacement affects the lives of displaced people, their host communities and those they leave behind in many ways. We identified seven dimensions that need to be considered - health, livelihoods, education, housing and infrastructure, security, the environment and social life. This report presents the results of a systematic review of nearly 1,000 publications on the impacts of internal displacement in each of these dimensions.
Carmen Arroyo interviews ALEXANDRA BILAK, director of the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC).
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 16 2018 (IPS) - This year the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) noted that 2017 saw the highest number of displacements associated with conflict in a decade-11.8 million people. But this is not a situation that is going to be resolved any time soon, says the organisation which has been reporting on displacements since 1998.
October 13th is the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR), a global celebration of efforts to reduce disaster risk, and mitigate loss and damage from natural and man-made hazards. In Indonesia, however, there is not much to celebrate. The recent Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami claimed around 2,000 lives, with 5000 more maybe missing. The event also triggered the displacement of at least 82,000 people.
East Africa worst hit by internal displacement in first half of 2018
Geneva, 12 September 2018 - Latest figures from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) reveal that millions of people across the world have become displaced inside their own country since January. Worldwide, there were 5.2 million new internal displacements associated with conflict and violence in the first half of 2018, based on the analysis of data from the 10 worst-affected countries.
Last year, IDMC recorded the highest levels of internal displacement by conflict and violence in a decade. We documented heart-breaking accounts of families escaping attacks and insecurity from Syria to the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Iraq, Yemen and Afghanistan. As always, this displacement took place against a backdrop of chronic poverty and political instability, and was compounded by weak governance and response capacities, complex needs and vulnerabilities, and difficult humanitarian access.
30.6 MILLION PEOPLE DISPLACED INSIDE THEIR COUNTRY IN 2017
16 May 2018, London – Conflict and disasters displaced 30.6 million people within their own countries last year, according to a new report from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).
This Quarterly Update covers the activities of the Geneva-based Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) between 1 January and 31 March 2018. It is also available online here: www. internal-displacement.org
20th anniversary of IDMC and of the UN Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement - making 2018 the year of IDPs
IDMC Director, Alexandra Bilak
On 4 April, the United Nations declared the end of the level-three emergency in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The decision to downgrade the crisis from the highest state of humanitarian alert was made amid tense political positioning ahead of presidential elections due at the end of the year, ongoing conflict and violence, spiralling humanitarian needs and one of the world’s most acute internal displacement situations.
17 APRIL 2018, GENEVA
To raise awareness of the global phenomenon of internal displacement, eight international organisations are combining their voices in a global campaign to highlight the situation of internally displaced people (IDPs) worldwide. Men, women and children forced to abandon their homes because of conflict, violence, disasters or development projects but who have not crossed an international border to seek refuge abroad.
Three reasons why internal displacement should be more firmly embedded in the global compact on refugees.
As many as 273,000 people newly displaced, half of whom are minors, were recorded between 15 December and 29 January in central and northern Idleb and northern Hama due to a government-led offensive in the governorates (OCHA, 7 Feb 2018; OCHA, 23 Jan 2018; Save the Children, 17 Jan 2018). Parts of the contested areas have reportedly been emptied of civilians (OCHA, 16 Jan 2018). Most of the population in the town of Saraqab, in Idleb province, has been displaced (OCHA, 7 Feb 2018).
Urban experts, planners, humanitarians and development organisations gather in Kuala Lumpur this week for the 9th World Urban Forum. Under the slogan of Cities for All, they discuss how growing mega-cities and rapidly transforming towns present opportunities and risks in equal measure.
This Quarterly Update covers the activities of the Geneva-based Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) between 1 October and 31 December 2017. It is also available online www. internal-displacement.org
IDMC’s Africa Report on Internal Displacement: 15,000 people displaced every day inside African countries
Experts at the first International Forum on Migration Statistics this month talked extensively about the need for more data on human mobility to support the 2030 Agenda. Yet despite the clear nexus between internal displacement and the Sustainable Development Goals, little if any attention was given to the issue. IDMC’s researcher Christelle Cazabat shares her views and explains why this was a major oversight