ICVA hosts a number of Working Groups related to our focus areas (Forced Migration, Financing, Coordination, and Navigating Change) as laid out in our Strategy.
ICVA’s Forced Migration Working Group (FMWG) gives the opportunity for our members to advise ICVA on our work related to the forced migration focus area. This group meets on a monthly basis.
Members who would like to join this group contact the ICVA Forced Migration team.
Below are notes from the Forced Migration Working Group meetings. To see notes beyond the last three years, search in ICVA resources. Notes are available for ICVA members only.
As primary focal point on topics and issues related to internal and cross-border forced displacement, Jerome particularly leads ICVA’s support to NGOs’ global engagement in the implementation of the Global Compact on Refugees, with a specific focus on protection and durable solutions.
Jerome’s work focuses on supporting NGOs’ global advocacy and policy analyses, fostering interactions a range of stakeholders (States, UN Agencies (particularly UNHCR), the World Bank). He also leads on disaster (climate change) displacement and represents ICVA on the Advisory Committee of the Platform on Disaster Displacement and the UN Network on Migration.
Loïse has expertise on Forced Displacement with 10 years of experience including in preventing and responding to sexual and gender-based violence in humanitarian settings and particularly in the context of refugee responses in North Africa, South-East Asia & Europe. Loïse’s skills include research, analysis and reporting, capacity building, multi-stakeholders engagement, public speaking and meeting coordination.
She holds a Master’s degree in Human Rights with a speciality in Humanitarian Affairs from the University of Strasburg. Recently, she completed a course on Climate Change and Human Mobility from the University for Peace.
Prior to joining ICVA in 2019, she worked with the NGOs International Rescue Committee and France Terre d’Asile as well as with UNHCR.
The Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) was endorsed by Member States in 2018 at the UN General Assembly. The Compact establishes a framework for responsibility-sharing on refugee issues, as a means to strengthen protection and expand durable solutions for refugees worldwide. ICVA engaged with NGOs in the development of the Global Compact on Refugees and subsequently in the Compact’s implementation.
In response to the Global Compact on Refugees, UNHCR organised the first ever Global Refugee Forum (GRF) in 2019. At which numerous NGOs made pledges to uphold the various elements of the Compact. ICVA participated in the preparatory meetings for the GRF and coordinated a compilation of pledges from over 70 NGOs worldwide relating to the implementation of the GCR.
ICVA’s own pledge is to support NGOs engagement in the follow-up of the 2019 Forum. ICVA will also engage with the planning for the second Global Refugee Forum in 2023, with a continued focus on protection and durable solutions for displaced populations.
More than ever, ensuring refugees’ access to durable solutions requires concerted efforts and shared responsibility among all stakeholders. This paper aims to contribute to this objective by developing a better understanding of how local solutions may contribute to offering additional avenues to durable solutions for refugees.
Two years ago, at the first Global Refugee Forum, ICVA pledged to support NGOs’ engagement in the implementation of the Global Compact on Refugees. In line with the priorities of the 2021 High-Level Officials Meeting, this written contribution aims at outlining progress achieved in implementing this pledge, while the contribution also briefly looks at the future.
The Global Compact on Refugees is a framework for more predictable and equitable responsibility-sharing, recognizing that a sustainable solution to refugee situations cannot be achieved without international cooperation.
It provides a blueprint for governments, international organizations, and other stakeholders to ensure that host communities get the support they need and that refugees can lead productive lives.
It constitutes a unique opportunity to transform the way the world responds to refugee situations, benefiting both refugees and the communities that host them.
The New York Declaration calls for the development of two new global “compacts” adopted by the UN General Assembly in late 2018, one on refugees, the other for safe, orderly and regular migration.
In 2018, ICVA coordinated the drafting and delivery of 20 NGO statements on the Global Compact on Refugees, presented by NGO representatives during the formal consultations organised by UNHCR from February to July.
Click arrow to find the statements submitted by NGOs, and detailed notes of the consultations.
The INTERSOS-ICVA webinar on Fostering protection and durable solutions through legal aid in humanitarian settings was held on 4 March 2021.
28-29 October 2019 in Brussels
The high-level International Solidarity Conference organized by the European Union, the UN Refugee Agency and the International Organization for Migration on 28-29 October in Brussels aimed to mobilise support in addressing the refugee and migrant crisis, demonstrate solidarity of the international community to the affected host countries and increase international support for a regional and coordinated response.
In this sense, through NGO networks (ICVA, InterAction, and Voice), NGOs worldwide and particularly those active in Latin America and the Caribbean region developed the following joint NGO statement on “Ensuring solidarity with displaced Venezuelans: supporting countries and communities hosting and protecting them”.
High-Level Meeting on the Support Platform for the Solutions Strategy for Afghan Refugees was held on 6 July 2020.
You can watch the meeting recording, or find more information on the SSAR Platform website.
Below are NGO documents related to the meeting.
These resources provides a snapshot of NGOs engagement towards the Global Refugee Forums that deliver tangible contributions to the objectives of the Global Compact on Refugees and sets an ambitious standard for refugee response.
NGO statement for the first formal preparatory meeting for the Global Refugee Forum – 2 February 2023.
In May 2020, UNHCR launched a mechanism for tracking pledges implementation and requesting stakeholders to provide relevant updates on their pledges. ICVA submitted information for this follow-up process and invites its members and other stakeholders to contribute to this major element of the accountability system embededed in the Compact and the Forum.
At the first Global Refugee Forum on 17-18 December in Geneva in Switzerland, multi-stakeholders including Member States, NGOs, refugees, academics, the private sector could become co-sponsors.
For this purpose, UNHCR opened co-sponsoring meetings for the six areas of focus on Arrangements for burden- and responsibility-sharing, Education, Jobs and livelihoods, Energy and infrastructure, Solutions and Protection capacity.
More information can be found on UNHCR’s webpage.
NGO statments and meeting snotes for the Preparatory meetings with UNHCR for the Global Refugee forum.
NGOs delivered statements at the UNCHR informal briefings on the Global refugee forum.
The concept note and the summary of the meeting organised by World Vision Zambia and ICVA focused on ‘Advancing local integration in Zambia.’ It linked to a 2019 Global Refugee Forum pledge from the Government of the Republic of Zambia.
NGO statement delivered at the High-Level Officials Meeting (14-15 December 2021)
As the primary liaison between the NGO community and UNHCR, ICVA works to improve the partnership between UNHCR and NGOs. We ensure NGOs participate in the shaping of UNCHR’s policies and decisions that have an impact on the protection, assistance and durable solutions for refugees.
ICVA continually raises the voices of NGOs in a variety of UNHCR meetings including:
ICVA coordinates the development of the joint NGO statements delivered at UNHCR’s Executive Committee and Standing Committee meetings. ICVA also works with interested NGOs to follow the negotiation of ExCom conclusions and organises NGO side events at these meetings.
ICVA co-hosts with UNHCR the UNHCR-NGO Consultations. ICVA ensures NGOs are consulted and included in the process, from selecting the theme of the consultations, to shaping and convening sessions.
Here you will find information related to UNHCR-NGO Consultations, Regional Consultations and and Quarterly Consultations.
Notes from UNHCR-NGO Quarterly Consultations
UNHCR-NGO 2022 Quarterly Consultations
Following up on the model of weekly/monthly NGO Consultations held in 2020 and 2021, and as a complement to the UNHCR-NGO Global Consultations to be held in June 2022, the UNHCR Partnership and Coordination Service (UNHCR/PCS) and ICVA co-organize a series of Quarterly Consultations with NGOs in 2022.
Notes from UNHCR-NGO Monthly Consultations
In lieu of the usual UNHCR-NGO Global Consultations, in 2021 ICVA co-organizes with UNHCR a series of Monthly Consultations with NGOs, modeled on regular online Consultations on COVID-19 preparedness and response held in 2020.
The overall objective of those monthly Consultations is to support an enabling environment for NGOs and UNHCR to exchange on operational, policy and advocacy priorities in a safe space.
This event, launched in 2007 by the former UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres, is a unique forum for open exchange of views between states, NGOs and other stakeholders. Over the years participants in the Dialogues have addressed a range of protection issues from protracted refugee situations; durable solutions and international migration; protection at sea; understanding and addressing root causes of displacement.
For each Protection Dialogue ICVA and NGOs brainstorm ideas of participation and key advocacy messages to be shared at the event.
For information about previous Protection Dialogues see the UNHCR website
NGO statement delivered at UNHCR’s High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges on the theme of development cooperation to advance protection, inclusion, and solutions for displaced and stateless persons – 7-8 December 2022.
The 2020 High Commissioner’s Dialogue was a series of five virtual sessions held between 21 October and 9 December 2020 around the theme Protection and Resilience during Pandemics.
More information can be found on the UNHCR website:
The 2018 High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges took place on 18 and 19 December 2018 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, under the theme Protection and solutions in urban settings: engaging with cities
The two days of discussions were dedicated to the protection and assistance of refugees, IDPs and stateless persons in urban settings, with a particular focus on cities.
For more information check out the UNHCR website: https://www.unhcr.org/high-commissioners-dialogue-on-protection-challenges-2018.html
The 2017 High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges took place on 12 and 13 December 2017 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland under the theme ” Towards a Global Compact on Refugees”
More information can be found on the UNHCR website https://www.unhcr.org/high-commissioners-dialogue-on-protection-challenges-2017.html
The 2016 High Commissioner’s Dialogue was held in Geneva from 8-9 December 2016, under the theme “Children on the Move”.
More information can be found on the UNHCR website https://www.unhcr.org/high-commissioners-dialogue-on-protection-challenges-2016.html
The annotated agenda, concept note and background paper for the 2010 High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges, with the theme of “Protection Gaps and Responses.”
The 3rd meeting of the High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges took place on 9-10 December 2009 in Geneva and focused on the “challenges for persons of concern to UNHCR in urban settings”.
More information can be found on the UNHCR website https://www.unhcr.org/high-commissioners-dialogue-on-protection-challenges-2009.html
ICVA received the Nansen Award in 1962. ICVA’s Executive Director serves on the Nansen Refugee Award Committee. Civil society organisations are encouraged to nominate individuals or organisations who spend an extraordinary amount of time and effort to help the forcibly displaced. Their work goes beyond the call of duty and outside of normal activities; demonstrates courage; and has a direct positive impact on the lives of forcibly displaced or stateless people.
At the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic in mid-March 2020, ICVA co-organised with UNHCR global weekly virtual consultations with NGO partners on preparedness and response to COVID-19 in refugee situations. The objective of these meetings was to create a space for regular dialogue between UNHCR and NGOs on challenges and for sharing good practices on emerging responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Notes on UNHCR Consultations with NGOs on preparedness and response to COVID-19
UNHCR’s 2nd briefing on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic held on 3 June 2020.
UNHCR’s 1st briefing on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic held on 22 April 2020.
The World Bank Group and UNHCR have been expanding collaboration, through joint analytical work and in operations in several regions. As a result, both organisations established the new Joint Data Center (JDC) on forced displacement. The JDC was officially launched in 2019 with the aim to enhance the ability of stakeholders to make timely and evidence-informed decisions that can improve the lives of refugees, internally displaced persons, stateless people, returnees, asylum-seekers, and host populations.
Particularly through its Strategic Advisory Council, the JDC gathers inputs from a range of interested stakeholders, including NGOs. As such, ICVA is following the work of the JDC and aims to support ICVA members in their engagement with the Joint Data Center.
ICVA supports its members engagement on issues related to Internal Displacement:
The High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement was established by the UN Secretary-General to identify concrete recommendations on how to better prevent, respond and achieve solutions to the global internal displacement crisis.
ICVA supported its members’ engagement with the High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement and ensured the Panel and the Expert Advisory Group benefit from inputs from NGOs and civil society at large. ICVA continues efforts towards supporting NGO engagement with the implementation of the Panel’s recommendations including engagement with The Special Adviser on Solutions to Internal Displacement.
Notes of ICVA and InterAction exchanges between their members and The Special Adviser on Solutions to Internal Displacement, Mr. Robert Piper.
Notes of different meetings of the High Level Panel on internal displacement and NGOs.
ICVA has worked to keep its members closely informed of the developments leading to the launching of a High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement and stepped in to ensure the Panel, its Secretariat and the Expert Advisory Group benefit from inputs from NGOs and civil society at large.
Below are NGO statements, coordinated by ICVA, on the High Level Panel on Internal Displacement:
In this letter, InterAction and ICVA, alongside a coalition of 25 NGO signatories, urge U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to take immediate action in implementing the recommendations outlined in the report that are within his direct scope of influence and leadership.
Protection of the rights of migrants as per international law lies with States but NGOs are often in the frontline supporting directly migrants in vulnerable situation, as well as advocating towards and working with government agencies to improve policies and services available. Through partnership with Governments, UN Agencies and other civil society actors, NGOs contribute substantially to upholding migrants’ rights. They have been driving forces in recent policy processes, impacting global migration governance, such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.
To support NGOs to deliver on this important mandate, ICVA is engaged in various coordination platforms, initiatives and learning programmes. They include:
In these initiatives, ICVA works jointly with members and other NGOs, UN agencies and other key stakeholders.
The global compact for migration is the first, intergovernmentally negotiated agreement, prepared under the auspices of the United Nations, to cover all dimensions of international migration in a holistic and comprehensive manner.
The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration was formally endorsed by the UN General Assembly on 19 December 2018.
Since 2015 IOM and ICVA have jointly organised the IOM-NGO humanitarian consultations. This annual platform is for IOM and NGOs to engage in dialogue and reflect on current challenges facing the humanitarian sector. This includes exchanges on best practices, and developing key recommendations to further joint engagement.
The Principles of Partnership are central to the discussions.
The consultations benefit the joint work of IOM and humanitarian NGO partners with the objective of strengthening effective and principled crisis response.
29-30 October, Istanbul, Turkey
The fifth annual IOM-NGO Humanitarian Consultation took place on 29-30 October 2019, Istanbul, Turkey.
The Consultation brought together some 60 participants from IOM and humanitarian NGOs. The overarching theme was humanitarian access in emergencies and protracted crises, with a focus on the MENA region but including relevant discussions from other regions for experience sharing and learning. The discussions delved into good practice in leveraging our respective strengths to improve humanitarian coverage in volatile and insecure environments and reach those most in need.
IOM and NGOs gathered in Geneva on 25 September 2018, to deliberate on the following topics:
The 2017 IOM- NGO humanitarian consultations took place in Nairobi, Kenya, on 11-12 September 2017.
The consultations convened under the theme of complementarity, coherence, and collaboration, provided an opportunity for IOM and humanitarian NGO partners to deliberate on the topics of 1) Internal Displacement and durable solutions for IDPs; 2) Mixed Migration – Addressing the needs of migrants in vulnerable situations; 3) IOM-NGO Partnership in Cluster Coordination; and 4) Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM).
The 2016 IOM-NGO consultations took place in Geneva, Switzerland on 13 June 2016.
IOM and NGOs looked at the overarching theme of humanitarian partnership, which had become a key element of IOM’s humanitarian policy (adopted by the Organization’s Council in late 2015).
The first IOM-NGO consultations were held on 30 June 2015, in Geneva, Switzerland.
The consultation had three clear objectives:
This is an initiative of ICVA, Civil Society Action Committee and the International Migrants Bill of Rights (IMBR) at Cornell University to provided a learning program for NGO staff working on migration. The concept note and the outlines of the sessions can be found below.
International Migration Law open session on advocacy strategies for promoting migrant’s rights.
ICVA is a global network of non-governmental organisations whose mission is to make humanitarian action more principled and effective by working collectively and independently to influence policy and practice.
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