Global Refugee Forum 2019

When :

from Monday 16 December, 2019
to Thursday 19 December, 2019

Type of event :

Meeting by Member States or Institutions

Where :

Palais des Nations, Geneva, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

The first Global Refugee Forum comes at the end of a tumultuous decade in which the number of refugees has risen to over 25 million people worldwide.

Guided by the Global Compact on Refugees, the Global Refugee Forum is an opportunity to translate the principle of international responsibility-sharing into concrete action. Convened at the ministerial level, the Forum will bring the international community together to announce bold, new measures to:

- Ease pressures on host countries;
- Enhance refugee self-reliance;
- Expand access to third-country solutions; and
- Support conditions in countries of origin for return in safety and dignity

The Forum will showcase impactful pledges and contributions and the exchange of good practices that call on States, refugees, development actors, the private sector, UN entities, civil society organizations, academics and faith leaders, among others, to play a part. Refugees themselves are at the forefront of preparations for the Global Refugee Forum and are involved and consulted throughout.

This first Forum will focus on six themes:

- Arrangements for burden and responsibility-sharing
- Education
- Jobs and livelihoods
- Energy and infrastructure
- Solutions
- Protection capacity

Related events will be held in Geneva, Switzerland ahead of the Forum.

UNESCO's Education Sector will have a large presence at the Global Refugee Forum.