Reflections on The Global Refugee Forum

20 December 2019 | Danny Sriskandarajah | Tags: ,,

I attended the UN’s first ever Global Refugee Forum, which brought together politicians, NGOs and refugee activists in Geneva to try to improve the international response that has left millions of refugees at risk or stuck in limbo because many countries are failing to shoulder their fair share of responsibility for protecting people. Only around two per cent of delegates were refugees, and their message was clear: ‘Nothing about us, without us’. It was a real privilege to meet some of the inspiring activists from DRC, Uganda and elsewhere whom Oxfam is supporting through the Global Refugee-led Network. I spoke to The New Humanitarian about what Oxfam sees as some of the biggest issues – the importance of resettlement and how all countries who are not doing their fair share need to step up.