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Global Refugee Forum 2023

About the Global Refugee Forum

The Global Refugee Forum 2023 will take place from 13 to 15 December at the Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland, with linked events held in other locations from 11 December onwards.

Held every four years, the Forum is the world’s largest international gathering on refugees. It is 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. 

It provides the opportunity for States and stakeholders to announce concrete pledges and contributions, highlight progress made, share good practices and take stock of the challenges and opportunities ahead.

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

Countdown to the Global Refugee Forum 
The Forum begins in: 

Information for attendees

Please note that participation in the Global Refugee Forum 2023 is by invitation only. 


Programme outline for the Global Refugee Forum 2023.

Information note: States, IGOs, UN

Overview and key information for States, IGOs and UN entities (pdf). 

Information note: other stakeholders

Overview and key information for other stakeholders (pdf). 

Submit a pledge or contribution

Guidance on how to develop and submit a pledge or contribution.
Pledging guidance | MSP guidanceSubmit a pledge form 

Refugee inclusion

Guidance on refugee inclusion in State and stakeholder delegations (pdf).

Logistics and practical information

Location information, venue map, and registration details. 


Information and resources for media covering the Forum.

Press opportunities and social media resources

Details on holding press briefings and the VIP Social Media Zone along with social media and brand assets.

✉️ Contact us

If you have additional questions, you can refer to the frequently asked questions. If you're unable to find the information you're looking for, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Global Compact on Refugees Coordination Team at the email provided below.

Email the GCR Team

Note on speaking arrangements (pdf)

Information for delegations who wish to deliver a statement.

List of participants (pdf)

Provisional list of States and other attending delegates.

List of speakers (pdf)

List of delegations who will deliver a formal statement.

Download the GRF 2023 app

The GRF 2023 app contains essential event information, including the programme, the ability to search events, create a customizable schedule and interact with other participants.

What’s on at the Forum

The Forum plenary session and parallel high-level events will be held at the Palexpo convention centre in Geneva. A range of linked events will also take place around the city in the lead-up to and during the Forum, with many of these open to the public. 


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Official programme
View the programme for the Global Refugee Forum 2023. Details of the plenary session, including speakers, will be added as available.
A person walks past a series of posters at the 2019 Global Refugee Forum.
Linked events in Geneva
A range of official linked events will be held around Geneva in conjunction with the Forum, with many open to the public.
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Logistics and practical information
The Forum plenary session and parallel high-level events will be held at the Palexpo convention centre in Geneva.

Action. Unity. Impact.

[The Compact] represents the political will and ambition of the international community as a whole for strengthened cooperation and solidarity with refugees and affected host countries.

From the Guiding Principles of the Global Compact on Refugees

Follow the Global Refugee Forum live

Once the Forum commences, delegates’ statements and webcasts of the plenary session will be made available via the links below. View the official programme for details of session schedules and speakers.


Filippo Grandi, the High Commissioner for Refugees, speaks from a podium during the 2019 Global Refugee Forum.
Speeches and statements
Delegates' speeches and statements will be made available following delivery at the Forum. 
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Livestream and webcasts
A livestream and webcasts of the plenary session will be available once the Forum commences.
People walk past a train decorated with photos of refugees.
Latest news and stories
View the latest news updates on the Global Compact on Refugees in the lead-up to the Forum.
People walk past a train decorated with photos of refugees.
Live blog
Follow all the key announcements, updates and news from Geneva via the live blog.

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Join the conversation: #RefugeeForum

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Global Compact on Refugees

The Global Compact on Refugees, affirmed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2018, put in place measures to support a new comprehensive refugee response framework that aims to:
  1. Ease pressures on countries that host refugees
  2. Enhance opportunities for refugees to become self-reliant
  3. Expand refugees’ access to third-country solutions such as resettlement and other pathways
  4. Support conditions in refugees’ countries of origin so that they may be able to return in safety and dignity. 

The key global arrangement is the Global Refugee Forum where States and other actors come together every four years to take stock of progress made and pledge further contributions to help reach the objectives of the Compact.

Learn more about the Compact



Learn more about the purpose of the Global Refugee Forum

Frequently asked questions

For more information or questions, please see the frequently asked questions (FAQs) for the Global Refugee Forum.