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High Commissioner's Dialogue on Protection Challenges, 2010

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Protection Gaps and Responses

The 2010 Dialogue took place on December 8-9 in Geneva, on the theme "Protection Gaps and Responses." This enabled discussion on gaps in the existing international protection framework for forcibly displaced and stateless people, as well as possible ways to respond. In particular, this year's Dialogue focused on international cooperation, burden sharing and comprehensive regional approaches; implementation and normative gaps; and issues relating to statelessness.

The discussions and outcomes of the 2010 Dialogue fed into an intergovernmental ministerial-level meeting facilitated by UNHCR. The event was held in December 2011 and was the culmination of a series of events that marked the 60th anniversary of the UN Refugee Convention and the 50th anniversary of the Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.

Invitations to take part in the Dialogue were extended to member states of UNHCR's Executive Committee and observers to its Standing Committee as well as to relevant partners in the United Nations system, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations, academics, experts and other stakeholders.

The High Commissioner delivered a summary of the discussions and proposed elements for follow up deriving from them.

(Visit www.unhcr.fr/hc-dialogue for information on the Dialogue in French.)

Stateless People

Millions of stateless people are left in a legal limbo, with limited basic rights.




High Commissioner's Closing Remarks

Delivered to the 2010 Dialogue on Protection Gaps and Responses.

2010 Dialogue Documentation

A collection of documents for the High Commissioner's Dialogue on the theme "Protection Gaps and Responses".

Side Event: Climate Change and Displacement

Moderated by Volker Türk, Director, Division of International Protection, UNHCR.
Also available in French.