High Commissioner's Dialogue on Protection Challenges 2020
The twelfth High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges was held virtually with five sessions between 21 October 2021 and 9 December on the theme of “Protection and resilience during pandemics".
This year, the 2020 recommendations from UNHCR-NGO Annual Consultations fed the exchanges and outcome of the Dialogue.
High Commissioner's Dialogue on Protection Challenges 2018
The eleventh High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges was held in Geneva on 18 and 19 December 2018 on the theme of “Protection and solutions in urban settings: engaging with cities”.
- 30 October: Meeting notes with UNHCR on HC Dialogue
High Commissioner's Dialogue on Protection Challenges 2017
The tenth annual High Commisssioner's Dialogue on Protection Challenges took place on 12-13 December 2017 in Geneva. The Dialogue, Towards a Global Compact on Refugees, was dedicated to a “stocktaking” on the thematic consultations held throughout the year. The discussions served as the basis of UNHCR’s “zero draft” of a “programme of action” to inform the formal consultations with States beginning mid-February 2018.
High Commissioner's Dialogue on Protection Challenges 2016
The ninth annual High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges took place on 8–9 December 2016, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. The theme, Children on the Move, recognized the growing plight of young people who are fleeing violence and war, and struggling to reach safety.
High Commissioner's Dialogue on Protection Challenges 2015
The 8th Dialogue on Protection took place from 16-17 December 2015 in Geneva under the theme "Understanding and addressing root causes of displacement".
In a world where humanitarians cannot keep pace with the spread of human suffering, we should ask ourselves how to stop suffering in the first place. UNHCR convened states, UN agencies, NGOs, and other experts on 16-17 December in Geneva to explore ways to address the root causes of displacement. The broad objectives of the Dialogue were to contribute to a better and more nuanced understanding of “root causes” of displacement, and their relevance to “prevention”, “protection”, and “solutions”; generate ideas and share good practices on the institutional contributions UNHCR and other humanitarian actors can make to address root causes; and identify opportunities to address root causes more strategically, collaboratively and systematically, especially through partnerships, including through strengthened cooperation between humanitarian, protection and development actors. In his final major public event as High Commissioner, Guterres called on all stakeholders to put displacement at the core of their agenda as a means to identify early warning signals before the situation escalates. Whatever the root cause of displacement is, prevention, protection, and solutions are strongly interlinked and need to be supported and sustained. Politics has a primary role to play in this regard, as well as partnering. Humanitarian and development actors need to work closely in the different stages of a crisis whilst ensuring the recognition, respect and restoration of rights. The High Commissioner concluded with a strong call to UNHCR to ensure that the different aspects identified throughout the Dialogue will be addressed in the future.
High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges 2014
The 7th Dialogue on Protection Challenges took place on 10-11 December 2014 in Geneva under the theme of “Protection at Sea”.
In the lead-up to the High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection at Sea in December 2014, NGOs came together to articulate common key advocacy messages. Since then, ICVA has been hosting follow-up meetings for NGOs to articulate concrete action plans, and to better coordinate with UNHCR and IOM for strengthened protection.