Guest Lecture UN Special Rapporteur

Cecilia Jimenez-Damary about Tackling Internal Displacement through the SDG's: What role can young people play?

10 September 2018

On thursday September 20th there will be a special Guest Lecture by UN Special Rapporteur Cecilia Jimenez-Damary about Tackling Internal Displacement through the SDG's: What role can young people play?


Internally displaced persons (IDP) are people who have been forcibly displaced from their homes but are still within the national borders. Internal displacement is driven by conflict and violence, natural disasters, complex humanitarian emergencies, or by development projects. At the high-level event organised by the International Peace Institute in July 2018, the participants agreed that meeting the needs of internally displaced persons is essential to achieving the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDG). But while the number of IDPs had now grown beyond 40 million, and despite the clear nexus between internal displacement and SDGs, little attention has been given to this issue. Awareness of the plight of the IDPs needs to be raised, especially among young people who are key stakeholders in achieving the SDGs. This lecture aims to raise awareness of the complex problem of internal displacement among the students of Windesheim and inspire and motivate them to action. This year is of particular importance for action on this issue as 2018 marks the twentieth anniversary of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement.

Event Information:

4.30pm - 6.30pm
20 September 2018, Thursday
Location: H2.03 Windesheim Campus 2, Zwolle


Networking with drinks 4.30pm-5.00pm
Lecture 5:00pm-6:30pm
There will be networking and reception beginning at 6.30pm.

Speaker's Bio:

Cecilia JIMENEZ-DAMARY (Philippines), LL.M. in Public International Law (King’s College London, UK); MDC in International Organizations-MBA (University of Geneva, Switzerland); LL.B. (Ateneo de Manila, Philippines); B.Sc. in Foreign Service (University of the Philippines). Cecilia Jimenez-Damary is a human rights lawyer specialised in forced displacement and migration. Ms. Jimenez-Damary has over two decades of experience in NGO human rights advocacy for the Asia- Pacific region and also has teaching experience as an adjunct professor of international human rights and humanitarian law. Ms. Jimenez-Damary previously acted as Senior Legal Adviser and Trainer with the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in Geneva; as the National Director of the IDP Project of the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines; and more recently as the government representative to the Philippine Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Commission. Ms. Jimenez-Damary was appointed Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons by the Human Rights Council in September 2016 and assumed the mandate on 1 November 2016.



Please register before Wednesday 19 September by sending an e-mail to with “guestlecture” in the subject heading