UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants – September 2016
The United Nations General Assembly of World Leaders will host a high-level Summit on Refugees and Migrants which will take place in New York on Monday, September 19th 2016.
The aim of the Summit meeting is to bring countries together to discuss and agree a Declaration and an associated Global Compact on Responsibility-Sharing for Refugees – agreeing a more humane and coordinated global approach.
**NEW** Latest revised version of the Draft Declaration addressing movements of Refugees and Migrants available HERE
**Older version of documents** June 2016: Drafts of the text that will be agreed are available here and here. Much work remains before the final text is agreed.
This is the first time the General Assembly has called for a Summit at the Heads of State and Government level on the movement of refugees and migrants and it is a historic opportunity to come up with a blueprint for a better international response. It is a watershed moment to strengthen governance of international migration and a unique opportunity for creating a more responsible, predictable system for responding to the movements of refugees and migrants.
When and where?
It will be an all day event on Monday 19 September 2016 at the UNHQ in New York.
Who is organising?
The High Level summit is being organised by the President of the General Assembly on behalf of Member States.
In January 2016, the Secretary-General appointed a Special Adviser, Karen AbuZayd, to work with United Nations entities and undertake consultations with Member States and other relevant stakeholders in the lead up to the Summit. This will include overseeing the Secretary-General’s report on large movements of refugees and migrants, to be submitted to the General Assembly in May 2016.
In February 2016, the President of the General Assembly appointed H.E. Mrs. Dina Kawar, Permanent Representative of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and H.E. Mr. David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland as co-facilitators to lead open, transparent and inclusive consultations with Member States to finalise the organisational arrangements, including on a possible outcome, for the High level summit in September.
Is there a related event on 20 September 2016?
Also on the margins of the General Assembly, on 20 September 2016, the United States President Obama is hosting the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees which will appeal to governments to pledge significant new commitments on refugees. While the Presidential Summit will focus on refugees, not migrants, the General Assembly event will address large movements of both. The two events will complement one another.