International Metropolis Conference Plenary speakers

June 24 to 28, 2019

The Promise of Migration

Inclusion, Economic Growth and Global Cooperation

Cecilia Jimenez-Damary

Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons appointed by the Human Rights Council


A human rights lawyer specialised in forced displacement and migration with over two decades of experience in NGO human rights advocacy for the Asia-Pacific region. Previous work includes adjunct professor of international human rights and humanitarian law; Senior Legal Adviser and Trainer with the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) in Geneva; National Director of the IDP Project of the Philippines Commission on Human Rights; and government representative to the Philippine Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Commission.

Ms. Jimenez-Damary was appointed Special Rapporteur by the UN Human Rights Council and assumed the mandate in November 2016.