The Global Compact on Refugees, affirmed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2019, put in place a new comprehensive refugee response model. It envisions more predictable and sustainable support to

  • ease pressures on countries hosting refugees
  • enhance opportunities for refugees to become self-reliant
  • expand refugees’ access to third-country solutions such as resettlement and other pathways
  • support conditions in refugees’ countries of origin so that they may be able to return in safety and dignity. 

The compact sets out arrangements to ensure that both refugees and their host communities benefit from this support. A central arrangement is the Global Refugee Forum where States and other actors come together every four years to share good practices and contribute with financial support, technical expertise and policy changes to help reach the goals of the Global Compact. These contributions are key to transforming the aspirations of the compact into positive changes in the lives of refugees.

The first Global Refugee Forum took place in December 2019 and was a true milestone in building solidarity with the world’s refugees and the countries and communities that host them.

Pledges and good practices shared at the 2019 Global Refugee Forum can be found on the Digital Platform for the Global Compact on Refugees:

The role of the Global Compact on Refugees during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Global Compact on Refugees and the commitments made at the 2019 Global Refugee Forum support refugees and other people of concern as well as their host communities in their response to the coronavirus pandemic. Read more about it on this page, where you can also find a comprehensive list (marked as "Annex") of all relevant pledges made at the 2019 Global Refugee Forum that support people of concern during this crisis. 

More information on the 2019 Global Refugee Forum

Find the Co-Convenors summary of the first Global Refugee Forum here or read the summary of participation and pledges. For more information on the event, visit the 2019 Global Refugee Forum page. If you have any further questions or comments, please contact the Global Refugee Forum Coordination Team at [email protected].

Switzerland. Global Refugee Forum opens in Geneva

List of video and audio recordings from the 2019 Global Refugee Forum

Statements, speeches, plenaries, press conferences, high-level dialogues, special events and spotlight sessions