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UNHCR Asia-Pacific Regional Consultations with NGOs 2021

“Socio-economic inclusion of refugees in the COVID context”

June 2021

UNHCR Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, in collaboration with Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) and the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA), is organizing the 2021 Regional Consultations with NGOs.

Objectives and outcomes

The Annual Consultations will pursue the following objectives:

  • Reinforce a trust-centred partnership and develop joint actions to address challenges and seize opportunities to promote protection and solutions for those forcibly displaced.
  • Develop recommendations to inform future collaboration between UNHCR and NGOs on socio-economic inclusion efforts, including, where possible, on advocacy, operations building on positive examples and best practices.
  • Feed into the 2022 Global Annual UNHCR Consultations with NGOs and its theme “Localization” with the outcomes of the debate in Asia-Pacific.


(All session times below are in Thailand/Bangkok time.)

Monday, 21 June 2021

14:00-14:30 Opening remarks by the Deputy Director and SG APRRN (Speakers' bios here)
14:30-15:00 Conversation with the Director on the socio-economic inclusion of refugees in the COVID context (Speakers' bios here)
15:00-16:30 Socio-economic inclusion of refugees in the COVID context: access to education, health and socio-economic opportunities for refugees (Speakers' bios here)

Wednesday, 23 June 2021

14:30-16:00 Opportunities and challenges for localization of humanitarian action and engagement with communities (Speakers' bios here)

Friday, 25 June 2021

14:30-16:00 Addressing climate risks in situations of forced displacement (Speakers' bios here)

Monday, 28 June 2021

14:30-16:00 Regional review and stocktaking on the Global Refugee Forum (Speakers' bios here)

Tuesday, 29 June 2021

14:30-16:00 UNHCR partnership session (Side Event) (Speakers' bios here)

Wednesday, 30 June 2021

14:30-16:00 How can NGOs and UNHCR cooperate to improve stateless persons’ access to health, education, and livelihoods? (Speakers' bios here)
16:00-17:00 Closing remarks by the Director and ICVA Regional Representative (Speakers' bios here)

Further details on each of the sessions can be found in the concept note for the Consultations.


NGOs and RLOs with expertise in at least one theme of the Consultations (the socio-economic inclusion of refugees in the COVID context; climate change; localization; GRF; and statelessness) are strongly encouraged to register.

Register hereLink is external (Deadline to register is 14 June)

If you have problems accessing the registration form, please contact Duang-Ramon Bee Paaptanti.

Further information and contacts

To contact the organizers, please email Keya Saha-ChaudhuryLars StengerMahmoud Awad and Duang-Ramon Bee Paaptanti.