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2019 UNHCR Global Consultations with NGOs

Panel with the Assistant High Commissioner for Protection

Panel with the Assistant High Commissioner for Operations

Panel with the Director for Global Refugee Forum

UNHCR would like to consult with all its NGO partners on navigating the rapidly changing global refugee context. How do we use data and evidence to make an impact on refugee welfare? How can we harness the promise of the global compact on refugees, and what can we pledge to make it work? How do we maintain integrity, prevent fraud and safeguard those to whom we are responsible? And, as UNHCR undertakes a profound decentralization intended to place resources and decision closer to the field, how can we work with our NGO partners in a more local and regional manner?

This year’s UNHCR Annual Consultations with NGOs therefore have a three main components:

  • data and evidence
  • the Global Refugee Forum
  • regionalization

Regional UNHCR-NGO Consultations

In line with UNHCR’s process of decentralisation and regionalisation, we are pleased to announce that regional consultations will be organised throughout 2019. They will focus on the regional context and operational priorities as well as discussion on Global Refugee Forum.

Report of the 2019 Annual Consultations with NGOs
Report of the 2019 MENA Regional Consultations
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1. Agenda and Concept Notes
2. Partners in brief
3. 2019 Innovation Award

The NGO Innovation Award was announced for the first time in 2018, and received 165 submissions from 57 countries. The winners were SINA Loketa, an organization that empowers youth to self-actualize in a Ugandan refugee camp, and Artemisszió, a foundation that is creating an inclusive community space in Hungary.

The aim of the Award is to highlight NGO efforts and achievements that advance the innovative delivery of services to persons of concern to UNHCR. The Award 2019 looks for innovative and inclusive solutions in two categories: partnerships and connectivity. A jury composed of UNHCR and external partners will select a winner of each category, and award a prize of USD 10,000 to each.

For further details, please visit the award's website.

4. Background Documents

Day 2 (4 July 2019)
Day 3 (5 July 2019)
5. Gender audit

Partners from University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia, in collaboration with women of concern are conducting a gender audit of processes related to the Global Refugee Forum (GRF) with the purpose of drawing attention to gender equality and women's empowerment related challenges in refugee contexts. This will include a gender audit of GRF preparatory meetings, the NGO consultations, and the first Global Refugee Forum in December 2019.

The audit aims to support gender equality integration concretely through the GRF pledging process and in the identification of good practices. The gender audit of the NGO consultations will support the integration of suggestions and recommendations made by INGO's/NGO's on gender equality in the planning and outcomes of the Global Refugee Forum and the Pledging Process. More information on the gender audit.