Forced displacement

Launch of the GP20 Compilation of Experiences and Lessons Learned on Preventing, Addressing and Resolving Internal Displacement.

 

When: Monday 23 November at 15:00-17:00 CET

Online meeting link will be shared shortly

 

The GP20 Compilation is the final report of the GP20 initiative and gathers the best wisdom on internal displacement shared and generated over the three-year lifespan of GP20. Over 20 country examples of policy and operational practice with lessons learned and recommendations are included in the report, which will be launched at this event.

The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons, Cecilia Jimenez-Damary, will moderate the event. Three speakers will also share lessons from their first-hand experience with examples of good practice in the report.

 

More information

See the event concept note

GP20 Special Feature  included in the latest issue of Forced Migration Review published yesterday. This is a collection of 8 articles with reflections and good practices on internal displacement from various partners and stakeholders who engaged in GP20 activities.  

 

 

Event Date: 
Monday, November 23, 2020 - 15:00 to 17:00
Organiser or Host: 
GP20 Co-Chairs, UNHCR and OCHA
Venue: 
Online
Language: 

African Union 8th Annual Humanitarian Symposium

8th Annual Humanitarian Symposium

Theme: Humanitarian Action within the context of COVID-19 and AU Theme of the Year 2020 Silencing the Guns: Creating Conducive Conditions for Africa’s Development

When: 11th – 13th November 2020,
Time: 3:00pm – 6:00pm EAT daily

Where: the event will be held via zoom virtual platform: 

To register: Registration in advance is required for this meeting: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7p7rvd-TT6mCKkHaFqgwuw

Agenda:

  • 11th November 2020 – Impact of COVID-19 on Humanitarian Situation
  • 12th November 2020 – Implementing AU theme of the Year 2020 Silencing the Guns: Creating conducive conditions for Africa’s Development within Humanitarian context.
  • 13th November 2020 - Implementing the outcomes of the AU 2019 theme, Year of Refugees, Returnees and IDPs, towards durable solutions to forced displacements

More information:  https://au.int/en/newsevents/20201111/8th-annual-humanitarian-symposium

Background
The COVID-19 pandemic is ravaging African economies and stretching the health systems beyond their limits with enormous social, economic, political and humanitarian implications. It has further compounded the humanitarian and displacement situations in the continent which is already dire. Africa is home to a third of global forcibly displaced persons including,
19.2 million IDPs, 7.8 million refugees and asylum seekers and 172,000 stateless persons. Moreover, there are many who are trapped in protracted conflict situations.

While the pandemic poses serious threats to all persons, evidence shows that the most marginalized social groups are at greater risk. These include refugees and asylum seekers, IDPs, returnees, migrants and stateless persons. Forced displacement in Africa is largely a result of protracted violent conflicts, terrorism and violent extremism, governance failures, including human rights violations, natural disasters and climate change, among others.

The African Union declared 2020 as the year of silencing the guns, its efforts at preventing, managing and resolving conflicts have been compounded by onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. This has presented the continent with a double-jeopardy:
(a) Protracted violent intra-state conflicts, terrorism and violent extremism, inter-communal violence and
(b) Raging health, humanitarian and development crisis occasioned by COVID-19.
The African Union, Regional Economic Communities and Member States should make concerted efforts to ensure that policy responses to COVID-19 should consider the special needs of displaced persons, host communities and migrants.

It is recalled that the AU theme focused on addressing root causes and finding solutions for forced displacement in the continent. Within this overarching objective it has successfully implemented a range of activities in collaboration with its Member States, Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and partners. The AU also marked the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the 1969 Organization of African Unity Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems in Africa as well as the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the 2009 AU Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa in 2019. Thanks to a robust international collective advocacy, five countries namely Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique, Somalia and South Sudan ratified the Kampala Convention. Many countries in Africa have also made important pledges in relation to the Global Compact on Refugees which aim to strengthen protection and solutions for refugees. The Commission also successfully organized a series of Continental Consultative Meetings (CCMs) which brought together member states, RECs, international partners, academia and research institutions, representatives of displaced persons and AU’s development partners. Some of the topics on which these important consultative meetings were organized include the implementation and supervision of the 1969 OAU Refugee Convention, implementation of the Kampala Convention and international and global solidarity and burden sharing. The AU also organized, in partnership with UNHCR, a dialogue on refugees, returnees and displaced women were organized whose outcome helped mainstream and integrated the rights and interests of women across various AU 2019 theme activities.

 

Event Date: 
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 15:00 to Friday, November 13, 2020 - 18:00
Organiser or Host: 
African Union
Venue: 
Online
Link: 
https://au.int/en/newsevents/20201111/8th-annual-humanitarian-symposium
Source: 
Language: 

Inter-Agency Humanitarian Evaluations of collective responses in Ethiopia (2015-2018) and Mozambique (2019)

When: Monday, 23 November, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. (GVA) / 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (NY).

Inter-Agency Humanitarian Evaluations (IAHE) provide independent assessments of the collective humanitarian response of IASC member organizations. The objective of this briefing is to share information about the common findings and conclusion of the IAHEs conducted for the drought response in Ethiopia (2015-2018) and for the Cyclone Idai Response in Mozambique (2019). The briefing will be an opportunity to hear from the evaluation team leaders, Julia Steets (IAHE Ethiopia) and Jock Backer (IAHE Mozambique), and discuss the challenges, lessons and opportunities for improving collective humanitarian response.

 

To attend:  contact Jeremy.wellard@icvanetwork.org

Further information:

 

 

Event Date: 
Monday, November 23, 2020 - 15:30 to 17:00
Organiser or Host: 
IASC
Venue: 
Online
Language: 

High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges 2020- 9 December 2020

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.

 

Background

The Dialogue will take place virtually on 21 October, 4 & 18 November, 2 & 9 December.

The theme of this year's Dialogue is “Protection and Resilience in Pandemics”.

The Dialogue will focus on the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for the protection and resilience of refugees and people who are internally displaced and stateless. 

Participants will reflect upon how to address the pressing protection and solutions questions that have emerged, building upon the international refugee protection regime and principles and arrangements set out in the Global Compact on Refugees. 

More information in the Concept Notes: ArabicEnglishFrenchSpanish  

 
 
Event Date: 
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 14:00 to 16:00
Organiser or Host: 
UNHCR
Venue: 
online
Link: 
https://www.unhcr.org/uk/high-commissioners-dialogue-on-protection-challenges-2020.html
Language: 

High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges 2020- 2 December

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?

 

Background

The Dialogue will take place virtually on 21 October, 4 & 18 November, 2 & 9 December.

The theme of this year's Dialogue is “Protection and Resilience in Pandemics”.

The Dialogue will focus on the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for the protection and resilience of refugees and people who are internally displaced and stateless. 

Participants will reflect upon how to address the pressing protection and solutions questions that have emerged, building upon the international refugee protection regime and principles and arrangements set out in the Global Compact on Refugees. 

More information in the Concept Notes: ArabicEnglishFrenchSpanish  

 
Event Date: 
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - 15:00 to 17:00
Organiser or Host: 
UNHCR
Venue: 
Online
Link: 
https://www.unhcr.org/uk/high-commissioners-dialogue-on-protection-challenges-2020.html
Language: 

High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges 2020- 18 November 2020

Resilience and inclusion in health (emergency and longer-term approaches with reference to COVID-19)

When: 18 November 2020, 15:00 – 17:00 CET / 9:00 – 11:00 EST 

More information: See UNHCR website

The session will open with a panel chaired by the Assistant High Commissioner for Operations and will include two refugee-hosting countries, a refugee representative, and the World Bank.

Panel members will share reflections on approaches to inclusion in national health systems and strengthening health systems from national and subnational perspectives, a refugee perspective, and that of a key development actor.

Background

The Dialogue will take place virtually on 21 October, 4 & 18 November, 2 & 9 December.

The theme of this year's Dialogue is “Protection and Resilience in Pandemics”.

The Dialogue will focus on the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for the protection and resilience of refugees and people who are internally displaced and stateless. 

Participants will reflect upon how to address the pressing protection and solutions questions that have emerged, building upon the international refugee protection regime and principles and arrangements set out in the Global Compact on Refugees. 

More information in the Concept Notes: ArabicEnglishFrenchSpanish  

 
 

 

 

Event Date: 
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 15:00 to 17:00
Organiser or Host: 
UNHCR
Venue: 
Online
Link: 
https://www.unhcr.org/uk/high-commissioners-dialogue-on-protection-challenges-2020.html
Language: 

High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges 2020- 4 November

Virtual session on protection considerations 

When: 4 November 2020,  (15:00 – 17:00 CET / 9:00 – 11:00 EST )

To register: attendance at this event is by invitation only

 

 

The Dialogue will take place virtually on 21 October, 4 & 18 November, 2 & 9 December.

The theme of this year's Dialogue is “Protection and Resilience in Pandemics”.

The Dialogue will focus on the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for the protection and resilience of refugees and people who are internally displaced and stateless. 

Participants will reflect upon how to address the pressing protection and solutions questions that have emerged, building upon the international refugee protection regime and principles and arrangements set out in the Global Compact on Refugees. 

More information in the Concept Notes: ArabicEnglishFrenchSpanish  

 
 

 

 

Event Date: 
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - 15:00 to 17:00
Organiser or Host: 
UNHCR
Venue: 
Online
Link: 
https://www.unhcr.org/uk//protection-challenges-and-responses-to-covid-19-for-and-by-displaced-and.html
Language: 

Preventing and Mitigating Indirect Health Impacts on Refugee and Displaced Populations of the COVID 19 Pandemic

 

Columbia University’s Forced Migration and Health Program, as part of a research consortium with the American University of Beirut, Brandeis University, Georgetown University and Universidad de los Andes, is organising a virtual panel event to launch a brief on preventing and mitigating indirect health impacts of COVID-19 on displaced populations in humanitarian settings. This brief has been produced as part of a two-year research project, supported by the World Bank, that aims to provide evidence and guidance to strengthen health systems to address the needs of displaced and host populations in contexts of protracted displacement. The project seeks to understand how health systems and health system financing can better respond to the needs of displaced and host communities, supported by research on economic, demographic and epidemiological trends.

When: Wednesday 11 November, 9:00-10:15 EST

To register:  complete the registration form 

 

A virtual panel event, moderated by Monette Zard, Allan Rosenfield Associate Professor of Forced Migration and Health, and Director, Program on Forced Migration and Health, Columbia University.

Panelists

- S. Patrick Kachur, MD, MPH, Porfessor, Population and Family Health at the Columbia University Medical Center.

- Leslie F. Roberts, MPH, PhD, Professor, Population and Family Health at the Columbia University Medical Center.

- Ola Al Tebawi, Senior Health Program Manager and ACting Health Coordinator, International Rescue Committee (IRC), Jordan

- Muhammad Amad, Chairperson of National Humanitarian Network (NHN) and Executive Director, Initiative for Development & Empowerment Axis (IDEA), Pakistan.

 

 

 

Event Date: 
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 09:00 to 10:15
Organiser or Host: 
Columbia University’s Forced Migration and Health Program
Venue: 
Online
Language: