The International Institute of Humanitarian Law with honor accepted the invitation to take part to the first Global Refugee Forum (GRF), held in Geneva from 16 to 18 December 2019. Our Institute is represented by the Director of the Department of Refugee Law and Migration, Claudio Delfabro.
The GRF is co‐hosted by the UNHCR and the Governemnt of Switzerland and co-convened by Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Germany, Pakistan and Turkey, with the result of mobilising a broad political gathering in support of the Forum.
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.
The event constitutes an outstanding occasion for the international community to advance the objectives of the Global Compact on Refugees by mobilising political will, broadening the base of support, and implementing arrangements that facilitate more equitable, sustained, and predictable responsibility-sharing. In other terms, the Global Refugee Forum pursues the task of providing the international community with the opportunity to gather together around the shared objective of increasing cooperation and solidarity with refugees and affected host countries.
Guided by the Global Compact on Refugees, the Global Refugee Forum represents a crucial opportunity to translate the principle of international responsibility-sharing into concrete action. The GRF shows the most impactful pledges and contributions from governments, international organizations and private companies in the field of refugees’ protection, as well as fosters the exchange of existing good practices implemented worldwide.