One year after the historic affirmation of the Global Compact on Refugees, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has decided to launch the first Global Refugee Forum on 17 and 18 December 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. Co-organized by the Permanent Mission of Switzerland and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the meeting this morning was hosted to brief the Member States and potential participants on the rationale, purposes and goals of the forum.
The meeting began with an introduction delivered by Mr. Volker Turk, the Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Coordination in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, on the agenda of the upcoming Global Refugee Forum. Convening at the ministerial level, the forum aims at providing the international community with the opportunity to increase cooperation and solidarity with refugees and affected host countries. Further explained by Mr. Turk, the forum this year will focus on 6 key areas, which include: supporting arrangements for burden and responsibility-sharing among States and other stakeholders, promoting access to education, creating environments that facilitate jobs and livelihoods, improving access to energy and infrastructure, facilitating solutions, and strengthening protection capacity.
Expected achievements of the forum were also introduced to the audience. In specific, meaningful pledges and contributions from countries, a broadened support base from the international community, and good practices on self-reliance, education and health that could be demonstrated as models to inspire other countries to transform the lives of refugees and host communities are counted as the measure of success of the event.
Meeting: Informal exchange on the Global Refugee Forum
Date/Location: Thursday, June 27, 2019; 10:30-13:00; Conference Room 1, United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY
H.E. Mr. Volker Turk, Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Coordination in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General;
H.E. Ambassador Jürg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the UN;
Interventions from Representatives
Written By: WIT Representative Jeremy Tong