UNHCR to launch first Global Refugee Forum

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is pleased to announce the first ever Global Refugee Forum,

which will take place on 17 and 18 December 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland.

The event, which is being held at Ministerial level, will be co-hosted with

Switzerland and co-convened by Turkey, Germany, Ethiopia and Costa Rica. Additional co-

convening arrangements are being explored and will be announced in due course. The

Secretary-General of the United Nations is expected to attend.

With tens of millions of people affected by war, conflict and persecution, the Global

Refugee Forum will be an opportunity for countries to take stock of today’s situation and

to strengthen the international response. It follows the new Global Compact on Refugees

that was agreed last December by the UN General Assembly, and is part of its


The Global Compact on Refugees � in line with the principle of equitable burden and

responsibility-sharing � seeks to improve the global response to refugee situations by

providing stronger support to the countries and communities welcoming refugees and

simultaneously equipping refugees with the means to become more self-reliant. It also aims

to increase resettlement spots for the most vulnerable refugees and other legal pathways

for admission to safe third countries, and improve conditions in the refugees’ countries

of origin.

The Global Refugee Forum is a unique occasion for States and others to come together and

announce bold, new measures they will take to ease pressure on host countries, boost

refugee self-reliance, and search for solutions.

The Forum will bring together governments, international organizations, local authorities,

civil society, the private sector, host community members, and refugees themselves. New

contributions and proposals to advance these objectives are expected during the Forum and


The Global Compact on Refugees provides a basis for host countries and communities to

receive support that is timely, predictable, and sustainable. It enables host countries to

tap into additional development cooperation, alongside, and as a complement to, ongoing

humanitarian assistance. It also ensures that solutions are front and centre from the


Refugee situations send ripples across entire regions and beyond. Dealing with

displacement challenges cannot be done alone and requires unity of vision and ambition

among all countries coupled with real, concrete action. This is the goal of the Global

Compact on Refugees and it is what we will be working towards through the Global Refugee

Forumrdquo;, said UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi.

The Forum also provides an opportunity for States and other actors to showcase good

practices, both with respect to specific refugee situations, as well as at a global level.

These experiences illustrate how comprehensive responses are already transforming the

lives of refugees and host communities in many parts of the world. They are also essential

for inspiring the international community to develop impactful contributions in the future

that carry the momentum of the Global Compact forward.

The first Global Refugee Forum will focus on six areas: arrangements for burden and

responsibility-sharing, education, jobs and livelihoods, energy and infrastructure,

solutions, and protection capacity.

Source: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).