Speaker Events - Friday, May 01, 2009
Internal Displacement Still at Record High, Says New Report
According to a comprehensive new report, the number of people internally displaced by conflict and violence is holding at approximately 26 million worldwide.
"This is the highest number since the mid 90s and it's continuing a peak figure from 2007," said Elisabeth Rasmusson, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council.
The report—launched May 1st at IPI and issued by the Norwegian Refugee Council's Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre—gives a complete analysis of the plight of IDPs and the response by the international community. According to this report, the majority of IDPs across the world remain trapped in protracted displacement and face many obstacles in rebuilding their lives.
"The number of internally displaced will rise significantly due to anticipated increases in the intensity and frequency of natural disasters," said John Holmes, the UN’s Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. "That is why we need to focus urgently on finding appropriate solutions for IDPs to end their displacement and their dependence on relief assistance."
Mr. Holmes joined Ms. Rasmusson and António Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, in a panel discussion at the report launch.
IPI President Terje Rød-Larsen gave the opening remarks at the event, and Warren Hoge, IPI Vice President and Director of External Relations, made welcoming remarks.
Read transcript of panel discussion (.doc)
Download full report (.pdf)
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