IDMC Conference on Internal Displacement and Sustainable Development

Event Date: 
Thursday, October 18, 2018

18 October 2018, Domaine de Penthes, Geneva

The internal displacement of millions of people every year is a human tragedy as well as a political, social and economic problem for many countries across the globe. Recognition is growing that large scale and protracted internal displacement is often underpinned by problematic development trajectories. Similarly, repeated instances of new as well as persistent, long-term internal displacement both have a significant, if yet unquantified, impact on national and regional economies, stability and security.

This year, 2018, marks the 20th anniversary of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement. A number of initiatives and events have been launched to celebrate this important milestone. Maintaining this momentum beyond 2018 will be critical to ensure continued progress on internal displacement. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the creation of the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), established in 1998 as the world's authoritative source of data, research and analysis on internal displacement.

This interdisciplinary conference will look at ways to take forward the internal displacement agenda beyond 2018 by exploring how it fits into sustainable development efforts and the UN prevention agenda. Lessons from a range of disciplines, including migration studies, economics, health, human rights, and political science, will meet insights from humanitarian and development practitioners, policy makers and donors. With a focus on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and corresponding national priorities, the conference will explore what it actually means to integrate internal displacement into national development and economic planning today and in the future.

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