This report and the accompanying videos, summarize the main points discussed and the strategic opportunities identified during the JIPS-EGRIS Conference 2020 to improve statistics on persons forcibly displaced, both within and across borders.
Bringing together a diverse range of decision makers and experts from the national, regional, and global levels – governments and statistical offices, humanitarian and development actors from the UN and civil society, and academia – the conference reinforced the need for improved availability and quality data on refugees, asylum seekers, and IDPs in order to ensure that their needs and rights are fulfilled following global commitments.
It showcased concrete efforts already made by actors at the national, regional, and international levels towards implementing the International Recommendations on Refugee Statistics (IRRS) and IDP Statistics (IRIS). Finally, it emphasised the importance of sustainable funding for long-term capacity development and the need to promote statistics as an area for donor investments. This, we hope, will inspire other countries and actors to take action and contribute to continuous conversations and efforts in this area.
The conference marks an early milestone of the third phase of EGRIS’ mandate, which places particular emphasis on encouraging application of the international statistical frameworks. It also expanded on discussions which have been led previously by JIPS on “Making data useful” and efforts to improve data in forced displacement situations.