Notable Key Messages For the 10th High Commissioner's Dialogue "Towards A Global Compact On Refugees (12-13 December 2017)
The New York Declaration calls for a comprehensive refugee response to be grounded in a multi stakeholder approach, including refugees themselves and (re)-attempts to address a clear gap in refugee representation at the international level as well as changing the narrative of refugee victimhood and dependency.
Very few representatives from refugee initiatives participated in the GCR Thematic Discussions – notable exceptions being the Network for Refugee Voices, Youth Delegates and South Sudan Voice of Salvation. The inaugural UNHCR Global Youth Advisory Council stands out as a model for meaningful participation by refugees, with young people included throughout the process and making substantive and very positive contributions to discussions.
However, the process enabled direct refugee inputs and is a welcomed example of a whole-of-society approach at global level. But to make this a truly participatory and sustainable process, refugee inputs should be systematically included, from the formal GCR consultation phase to the implementation of its concrete outcomes, including at national level.
Through those proposals the GCR’s Programme of Action would also be a concrete realization of the Grand Bargain’s participatory revolution (goal 6) and the SDG’s objective of accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels (goal 16).
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