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Global Refugee Forum 2023

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi meets a group of 70 young refugees attending the Global Refugee Forum in Geneva.
13-15 December | Geneva

Global Refugee Forum 2023

Action. Unity. Impact.
More information coming soon: This page is regularly updated as additional details, documents and resources become available. 
The Global Refugee Forum 2023 will take place between 13 - 15 December in Geneva, with advance events on 12 December. The Forum will provide an opportunity to build on the significant progress made by governments and other stakeholders towards the implementation of pledges and initiatives announced since 2019.

During the event, participants will announce new pledges, share good practices to inform and inspire further burden- and responsibility-sharing, and take stock of the challenges and opportunities ahead. 

More information can be found in the roadmapconcept note and draft programme for the Forum.

If you have further queries, please see the frequently asked questions.

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). 

Refugee inclusion

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

Submit a pledge or contribution

Guidance on how to develop and submit a pledge or contribution (via the Global Compact website, pdf).  

Logistics and practical information

Location information, venue map, and registration details. 


Information and resources for media covering the Forum.

✉️ 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.

Press opportunities for participants

Details on holding press briefings and the VIP Social Media Zone.

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.
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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



Frequently asked questions

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