Every year, UNHCR consults with Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) from around the globe working with refugees to share experiences, develop contacts, and strengthen refugee protection globally. This year 2018, under the theme “Putting People First”, the consultation took place from 27 to 29 June 2018 at the International Conference Centre Geneva (ICCG).
The annual consultation brought together over 300 diverse humanitarian and development professionals worldwide, and I was honoured to have been invited, and to have represented Refugee Law Project together with a colleague Ms Susan Alupo (Programme Manager, Access to Justice). During this event, and as part of an institution that envisions a context where all persons enjoy their human rights irrespective of their legal status, I enthusiastically offered evidence-based insights on how to strengthen working for and with local refugee leadership, National Systems strengthening, Self-reliance and economic inclusion, and Age, Gender and Diversity.
Having worked directly with refugees, asylum seekers, and host communities for nearly a decade, the consultation is vital for strengthening protection, and therefore an essential space for high level dialogue on addressing the global refugee crisis as well as amplifying refugee voices.
As I look forward to working through key recommendations for this year, and eagerly waiting for 2019 and the years to come, I urge you to support all forced migrants within your reach and capacity.