This year, the UN General Assembly adopted the New York Declaration – the first of its kind in 65 years – which affirms the core principles of refugee protection and sets the stage for sharing responsibilities for protection more equitably and widely from the outset of refugee situations.
This is a significant achievement, particularly at a time when the xenophobic and anti-refugee rhetoric is proliferating, and borders are being fortified to keep refugees out. The unanimous adoption of this declaration by States presents both hope and opportunity. As a part of the declaration, the UN committed to create a new Global Compact on Refugees in 2018. What opportunities are presented by this Compact, and what do States need to do to further this agenda?
Light refreshments will be served from 6-6.30pm in the Finkel Foyer with the lecture starting at 6.45pm.