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Briefings and meetings in 2022

Briefings and meetings in 2022

In 2018, the international community approved the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) as a framework to help governments, international organizations, and other stakeholders ensure that host communities get the support they need and that refugees can lead productive lives.

The Global Compact on Refugees affirms that:

"in line with national education laws, policies and planning, and in support of host countries, States and relevant stakeholders will contribute resources and expertise to expand and enhance the quality and inclusiveness of national education systems to facilitate access by refugee and host community children (both boys and girls), adolescents and youth to primary, secondary and tertiary education."

The Compact further recognizes the importance of “measures to strengthen the agency of women and girls, to promote women’s economic empowerment and to support access by women and girls to education (including secondary and tertiary education).” Access to secondary and tertiary education is the first step in closing the gap between learning and earning. It is also central to the objectives of the GCR, which will enhance refugee self-reliance.

To demonstrate commitment to the implementation of the GCR, the first Global Refugee Forum (GRF) was convened in 2019 in solidarity with the world’s refugees and the countries and communities that host them. The GRF resulted in over 200 pledges specific to education, with 58 focused on higher education and spanning skills development, career readiness, and financial support. The latest progress toward achieving these pledges is captured on the GRF Pledge Dashboard. Translating these pledges into action, stewarding additional partners to join the global alliance promoting refugees’ access to higher education, and monitoring progress using current enrolment data is critical to achieving 15by30.

Expanding access to 15% over the next ten years will require the coordinated, committed and sustained engagement of a range of partners. UNHCR stands ready to work with refugees, partners, and stakeholders to ensure that more young refugee women and men gain access to higher education and all the benefits that accrue as a result of tertiary studies.

Global Compact on Refugees – Quarterly informal briefing (Q4 2022)

Are you a student or academic affected by the situation in Ukraine and looking for ways to keep studying?

Global Compact on Refugees – Quarterly informal briefing (Q2 2022)

30 March 2022 - Video - Virtual quarterly informal briefing on the Global Compact on Refugees