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High Commissioner's Dialogue on Protection Challenges, 2010

Date: 8 - 9 December 2010

High Commissioner's Dialogue on Protection Challenges, 2010

Protection Gaps and Responses
Public event
Kenya / Somali Refugees / Dadaab / Newly arrived refugees from Somalia wait for registration at IFO camp. / UNHCR / R. Gangale / May 2010

The 2010 Dialogue took place on December 8-9 in Geneva, on the theme “Protection Gaps and Responses”. This enabled discussion on gaps in the existing international protection framework for forcibly displaced and stateless people, as well as possible ways to respond.

In particular, this year’s Dialogue focused on international cooperation, burden sharing and comprehensive regional approaches; implementation and normative gaps; and issues relating to statelessness.

The discussions and outcomes of the 2010 Dialogue fed into an intergovernmental ministerial-level meeting facilitated by UNHCR.

UNHCR 60th Logo

The event was held in December 2011 and was the culmination of a series of events that marked the 60th anniversary of the UN Refugee Convention and the 50th anniversary of the Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.

Invitations to take part in the Dialogue were extended to member states of UNHCR's Executive Committee and observers to its Standing Committee as well as to relevant partners in the United Nations system, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations, academics, experts and other stakeholders.

The High Commissioner delivered a summary of the discussions and proposed elements for follow up deriving from them.

Millions of stateless people are left in a legal limbo, with limited basic rights.

A collection of documents for the High Commissioner's Dialogue on the theme "Protection Gaps and Responses".

Delivered to the 2010 Dialogue on Protection Gaps and Responses.

Moderated by Volker Türk, Director, Division of International Protection, UNHCR.
Also available in French.