United Nations (UN)
Virtual final session on Preparing for protection and solutions in the future
When: 9 December 2020, (14:00 - 16:00 CET / 08:00 - 10:00 EST)
Chaired by the High Commissioner, the closing session of this year’s Dialogue will consider how the international community can better ensure protection and solutions in future global emergencies.
It will build upon the Global Compact on Refugees and best practices that have since emerged, as well as the lessons learned, recommendations, and refugee voices from the four previous virtual sessions and the earlier NGO annual consultations.
COVID-19 and Climate Change - What can we learn?
When: 2 December 2020, (15:00 – 16:30 CET / 9:00 – 10:30 EST )
The focus will be on the first-hand experience of people affected by climate change as well as on the related displacement and protection concerns. In 2019, nearly 2,000 disasters, mostly related to weather hazards, triggered some 25 million new displacements within 140 countries and territories. Despite their unique vulnerability, refugees, IDPs and host communities have historically been severely underserviced by climate action support. The COVID-19 crisis highlights the imperative to listen to science, learn from affected communities and act with urgency to anticipate, mitigate and adapt to the inevitable impacts of climate change.
After opening remarks by the Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, representatives from affected communities will share their experiences and recommendations for dealing with the climate emergency, while researchers and practitioners from the climate community will provide an outlook of policy developments that are necessary to accelerate climate action. A Q&A will allow participants to ask questions to speakers and UNHCR representatives. VID-19 and Climate Change - What can we learn?
Resilience and inclusion in health (emergency and longer-term approaches with reference to COVID-19)
When: 1 December 2020 09:00 to 10:30 AM Geneva time
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) will host a virtual global launch of the Global Humanitarian Overview 2021 on Tuesday, 1 December 2020, with virtual accompanying launches in a number of capitals. The Global Humanitarian Overview is the world’s most comprehensive and evidence-based assessment of humanitarian needs, requirements and humanitarian trends and is published by OCHA. This event will take place as part of a global strategy to engage decision-makers and humanitarian partners in highlighting the key themes covered in the Global Humanitarian Overview 2021. It will serve to amplify the voices of affected people and encourage partners to contribute generously to humanitarian operations.
Where: Virtual launch
More information: Details about the multiple sequential events will follow shortly.
When: Thursday, 22 October 2020
United States of America, The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, The Minister of State for South Asia and the Commonwealth, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
- Conference documents and conference video can be found :https://rohingyaconference.org/
- Statements made by delegations will be uploaded as UNHCR receives them (already uploaded is the Australia Statement)
- Also already available are a couple of NGO individual written statements: Oxfam and CCNF.
- Collective INGO statement : was delivered by Mr. Ignacio Packer, Executive Director of ICVA
When: 23-24 November 2020
The Government of Afghanistan, Finland and the United Nations are co-hosting the 2020 Afghanistan Conference on 23–24 November in Geneva.
The quadrennial pledging conference presents an important opportunity for the Afghan Government and the international community to commit to common objectives for promoting sustainable development, prosperity and peace in Afghanistan.
The aim of the conference is to commit the Afghan government and the international community to shared development objectives for 2021-24, to coordinate development cooperation, and to ensure financial support for the Afghan administration. In addition to the pledges of financial support, a joint political declaration and a new aid architecture are the anticipated outcomes of the conference.
The ministerial level pledging conference is expected to bring together over 70 countries as well as international organisations and agencies. It was last held in 2016 in Brussels and in Tokyo in 2012.
The two-day 2020 Afghanistan Conference begins on Monday 23 November with side events and continues on Tuesday 24 November with the main event: the pledging conference.
More information: Information about accreditation, programme and side events to the ministerial level conference will be shared on the Conference websites: