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High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges

Date: 8 - 9 December 2022

High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges

Development Cooperation
Public event
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The 2022 High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges, which was held on 07 and 08 December, focused on the theme of development cooperation aimed at advancing protection, inclusion, and solutions for forcibly displaced and stateless persons as well as host communities.

Humanitarian, development, private sector, political and peace actors have accelerated efforts to improve development cooperation in displacement and stateless contexts. As global displacement is hitting unprecedented levels, there is a need for more innovative approaches to identifying sustainable solutions for people forced to flee.

The event allowed participants to discuss how to enhance development cooperation in displacement settings and launch concrete, tangible, multi-stakeholder initiatives to address specific identified challenges.

The Dialogue focused on development cooperation across the cycle of displacement with protection as a central and cross-cutting theme. The sessions were structured around the following:

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Early action

Enhancing development cooperation to anticipate, respond to, and foster longer-term approaches to emergencies

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The role of development cooperation in facilitating inclusion in national systems

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Unlocking solutions through enhanced development cooperation

Watch the High Commissioner’s Dialogue plenary sessions

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Opening plenary

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Closing plenary


Speakers Corner

Speaker’s Corner is an opportunity for presenters to discuss new research and initiatives related to development cooperation in forced displacement and statelessness contexts.


Frederick Matthys speaking

Frederick Matthys

Björn Gillsäter speaking

Björn Gillsäter

Mark Cassayre speaking

Mark Cassayre

Jana Birner speaking

Jana Birner

Victor Odero speaking

Victor Odero

Abdinasir Hassan Abdilahi speaking

Abdinasir Hassan Abdilahi

Tilman Bruck speaking

Tilman Brück, representing the World Bank gender dimensions of forced displacement research program

Preparatory regional roundtables

To help ensure that the Dialogue benefits from regional good practices in relation to development cooperation, UNHCR convened a series of roundtables in October and November 2022, exploring the themes for this year’s event in the context of the unique displacement and stateless situations in each region. These roundtables stimulated reflection on learnings, challenges, and opportunities which served as a foundation for the discussion and envisaged takeaways at the Dialogue itself in December.


Building on the outcomes of the situational roundtables, the Dialogue pursued the discussions at the global level in December and helped inform pledge cultivation and mobilization related to development cooperation for the next Global Refugee Forum in 2023.