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Global Refugee Forum 2023

The Global Refugee Forum 2023 took place from 13 to 15 December in Geneva, Switzerland, with linked events held in other locations from 11 December. View the outcomes report for an overview of the key discussions and results.

Held every four years, the Global Refugee Forum is the world’s largest international gathering on refugees, designed to support the practical implementation of the objectives set out in the Global Compact on Refugees: Ease pressures on host countries, enhance refugee self-reliance, increase access to third-country solutions and improve conditions in countries of origin. 

Over 4,000 participants from 168 countries attended the Forum in 2023, including 320 refugee delegates. A further 10,000 people followed the proceedings online. 

The 2023 Forum saw over 1,750 pledges made to support refugees and their host communities, including 47 multi-stakeholder commitments that contribute to the agreed key outcomes of the Forum. An estimated $2.2 billion in new financial commitments by States and other actors was announced. These outcomes offer a source of hope to millions refugees displaced worldwide.

The Global Refugee Forum 2023 was co-convened by five States – Colombia, France, Japan, Jordan and Uganda, and co-hosted by the Government of Switzerland and UNHCR. 

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4,000 participants

More than 4,000 participants from 168 countries attended, including 86 at or above ministerial-level.

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320 refugees

Over 320 forcibly displaced and stateless persons participated, reflecting the belief that lasting solutions must be guided by those directly affected. 

1,750 pledges

Some 1,750 pledges of financial, technical, material and policy support were submitted.

Outcomes of the Global Refugee Forum 2023

Noor Azizah, a Rohingya refugee leader, speaks into a microphone.
Outcomes report
View and download the Outcomes of the Global Refugee Forum 2023 report (pdf).
المفوض السامي يختتم فعاليات المنتدى العالمي للاجئين 2023
High Commissioners' Closing Remarks
Read the Closing Remarks from the High Commissioner Mr. Filippo Grandi.
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Co-hosts, co-convenors Closing Summary
Read the Closing Summary of the Forum by the co-hosts and co-convenors.
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Pledges and contributions
View the range of multi-stakeholder pledges announced at the Global Refugee Forum 2023.

Action. Unity. Impact.

This GRF was perhaps the greatest example of a “whole of society” approach that I have seen in my forty years of humanitarian work... Seeing you stand together, pledge together, deliver results together, was not just impressive, but emotional.

High Commissioner Filippo Grandi in his closing remarks at GRF 2023


Statements and video archive

View delegates' statements, along with recorded videos of the plenary session, high-level parallel events and Speakers' Corner talks.


Filippo Grandi, the High Commissioner for Refugees, speaks from a podium during the 2019 Global Refugee Forum.
Speeches and statements
Member States and delegates' speeches and statements.
Antonio Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General, is seen onscreen at the final plenary and Closing Ceremony of the Global Refugee Forum 2023.
Recorded plenary session
Recorded webcasts of the plenary session.
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Recorded parallel events
Video recordings from the high-level parallel events.
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Recorded Speakers' Corner talks
Short, impactful talks from a range of speakers.

Key documents

Outcomes report

Report on the key outcomes from the Global Refugee Forum 2023 (pdf). 

Meaningful participation report

Report on the participation of forcibly displaced and stateless persons. 


Programme outline for the Global Refugee Forum 2023.

List of participants

Final list of participants. 


Outline of preparatory meetings and pledging timelines ahead of GRF 2023. 

Concept note

Proposed preparation process for GRF 2023.