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2024 UNHCR Global Consultations with NGOs

The 2024 UNHCR Global Consultations with Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) will take place in-person from 11 to 13 June at the Centre International de Conférence de Genève (CICG), Geneva, Switzerland. They will focus on:

  • solutions
  • inclusion in national systems
  • gender equality.

There will be representation from:

  • local, national, and international NGOs and civil society organizations (CSOs)
  • organizations led by displaced and stateless persons
  • members of the senior leadership team of UNHCR.

Agenda and concept note

The event will feature a dozen sessions and side events organized by UNHCR and NGOs. We will bring together stakeholders from different backgrounds to discuss the themes and develop recommendations to be presented to the UNHCR Executive Committee.

For more details regarding the objectives, session division, and organization please consult the concept note.

Session documents

These documents are password-protected, for participants only.

The 2024 UNHCR NGO Award

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Since 20181, UNHCR has been celebrating innovative approaches in the way NGOs, and particularly grassroots organizations, support displaced communities. The UNHCR NGO Award (the Award) recognizes their efforts and accomplishments in protection and delivery of services to refugees, returnees, asylum seekers, internally displaced persons (IDPs), stateless persons and host communities in need.

Over the years, the Award provided local NGOs, refugee-led, and women-led organizations with a grant (US$ 15,000) coupled with visibility and exposure to donors, international partners, media, etc, as well as the opportunity to exchange, learn, and connect with each other.


The focus of the 2024 NGO Award

To reduce inequalities, facilitate greater inclusion, and expand partnerships, the 2024 UNHCR NGO Award will be dedicated to local organizations supporting forcibly displaced and stateless persons with disabilities2 and organizations that are led by them.

One person out of six lives with disability (approximately 16 per cent of the world population)3. Our estimates indicate that around 17.2 million people with disabilities are currently displaced due to persecution, violence, and human rights violations. They are disproportionately affected by forced displacement, with higher likelihood to be left behind or abandoned. Difficulties in moving, hearing, seeing, communicating or learning, coupled with the physical, and environmental barriers that marginalize and discriminate against them may hinder access of persons with disabilities to protection, assistance, and solutions, as well as their capacity to fully and effectively participate in society, on an equal basis with others. Persons with disabilities are not a homogeneous group. They face multiple and compounding forms of discrimination including based on disability and other intersecting diversity factors (age, gender, ethnicity, location or race) that may lead to situations of exclusion.

It is important to recognize the diversity of persons with disabilities and that women, men, youth, older persons and persons with different types of disabilities are affected differently. Women, children and older persons face an even higher risk of discrimination, violence and exploitation.

Who can apply?

To be eligible, an organization needs to meet the following criteria:

  • local, community-based organization
  • legally registered, with a bank account (or ability to receive funds through an umbrella registered organization)
  • working in forced displacement context or statelessness
  • active in local level activities in direct contact with communities
  • led by people with disabilities or works in close contact with people with disabilities
  • uses innovative approaches in their work
  • specific consideration will be given to organizations led by forcibly displaced and stateless persons who are also persons with disabilities.


Applications for the Award closed on Friday 5 April 2024 at 17.00 CET.

Contact us

For more information on the Award please contact the UNHCR Partnership Section: [email protected] or Mélissa Ngoga: [email protected]

  1. Find more information about the past awards: 2018, 2019, 2020, 2022.
  2. More information on how UNHCR works in support of persons with disabilities.
  3. WHO, Global report on health equity for persons with disabilities, December 2022.