The Global Compact on Refugees affirmed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2019, put in place a comprehensive refugee response model in the form of a framework for more predictable and equitable responsibility-sharing, recognising that a sustainable solution to refugee situations cannot be achieved without international cooperation. It provides a blueprint for governments, international organisations, and other stakeholders to ensure that host communities get the support they need and that refugees can lead productive lives.
The Compact envisions more predictable and sustainable support to transform the way the world responds to refugee situations, benefiting both refugees and the communities that host them. Its four key objectives are to:
· ease pressures on countries hosting refugees;
· enhance opportunities for refugees to become self-reliant;
· expand refugees’ access to third-country solutions such as resettlement and other pathways;
· support conditions in refugees’ countries of origin so that they may be able to return in safety and dignity.
It sets out arrangements to ensure that both refugees and their host communities benefit from this support. A central arrangement is the Global Refugee Forum where States and other actors come together every four years to share good practices and contribute with financial support, technical expertise and policy changes to help reach the goals of the Global Compact.
These contributions are key to transforming the aspirations of the compact into positive changes in the lives of refugees.
In advance of the second Global Refugee Forum in December 2023, this Wilton Park conference provided an opportunity for states, multilateral and regional bodies, civil society, private sector, refugee leaders, and other expert stakeholders to build on previous pledges and initiatives, take stock of current challenges and future opportunities and ensure the international community delivers on the vision and ambition of the Global Compact on Refugees in a challenging humanitarian landscape.
Click here to read the transcript of a speech pre-recorded for the event by Andrew Mitchell, Minister for Development and Africa.
The Chair’s summary of the event report is available here.