GP2.0 Winter Event - Addressing Internal Displacement: The Role of Cities


By 2050, the world’s urban population is expected to nearly double, making urbanization one of the twenty-first century’s most transformative trends. Internal displacement is expected to also mirror this trend. Conflict or disaster-induced displacement however cannot be solely seen as a humanitarian issue, particularly in cities. Key actors across the humanitarian-development-peace nexus and in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation must deliver on prevention and sustainable solutions.

This GP2.0 event (1 Feb, 2022, 8:00-10:00 EST/14:00-16:00 CET) will bring together cities, local authorities, humanitarian and development actors, and displacement affected communities to discuss and share best practices on how cities are taking an active role to prevent, protection and find solutions for internally displaced persons.

Opening Remarks

  • Ms. Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director, UN‐Habitat
  • Mr. Raouf Mazou, Assistant High Commissioner for Operations, UNHCR
  • Ms. Ugochi Daniels, Deputy Director General, IOM

Panel Discussion

  • Ms. Joy Belmonte, Mayor of Quezon City, Philippines
  • Mr. Oleksander Goncharenko, Mayor of Kramatorsk, Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine
  • Ms. Lilia Umaña Montiel, former Deputy Mayor, San Pedro Sula, Honduras
  • Ms. Mireia Villar Forner, UN Resident Coordinator, Colombia

Spotlight Presentation and Closing Remarks

  • Wilhelmina Welsch, Coordinator, Joint IDP Profiling Service (JIPS)
  • Vittoria Zanuso, Executive Director, Mayors Migration Council (MMC)

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