14 December 2017

Thematic Focus: Global Compacts Round-up


The 2017 High Commissioner's Dialogue on Protection Challenges has now ended. This year's theme was "Towards a Global Compact on Refugees." Its objective was to serve as a stocktaking exercise: "To assess outcomes of the extensive consultations held with a wide range of actors in the course of 2017" and to "bring together the lessons learned from the application of the [comprehensive refugee response framework (CRRF)] in various contexts, paving the way towards the global compact on refugees." 

After the United States withdrew its support for the Global Compact on Migration process, there was speculation it would do the same with the refugee compact. But so far, at least, that has not happened. Fox News' explanation: "The refugee compact remains a Trump administration priority because unlike the migrant issue, it complements Washington’s tough immigration stance. It aims at helping those displaced to stay where they are in host countries or return home, as a State Department spokesperson puts it, 'voluntarily, in safety and with dignity'."

For some thoughts and observations on this year's Dialogue, read the Forced Migration Forum's three-part blog series: Part 1; Part 2; Part 3. See also key NGO messages from ICVA.

Here is a listing of recent commentary on and analysis of both compacts:

Agreeing a Global Response to Migration, London, 21 Nov. 2017 [info]
- Follow link for video.

Beyond Stock-Taking: The Path Ahead to a Global Compact for Migration, 12 Dec. 2017 [info]
- Follow link for webinar.

Bringing the Internally Displaced into the Global Refugee Compact (Protection Gateway, Dec. 2017) [text]

Global Compacts on Migration and on Refugees: How They Should Intersect (World Economic Forum Blog, Dec. 2017) [text]

IFRC Policy Brief: Global Compact on Refugees (IFRC, Dec. 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

Insights Report - Kaldor Centre Conference 2017: The Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration (Kaldor Centre, Dec. 2017) [text]

"No One Country Can Do It Alone: Towards a Migration Compact," IPS, 8 Dec. 2017 [text]

Putting Protection at the Heart of the New Global Compact: Refugee Perspectives from Ethiopia, Kenya and Djibouti (NRC, Dec. 2017) [text]

Why Rights Must Trump Politics if New Global Plans on Refugees and Migrants are to Make a Difference (The Conversation, Dec. 2017) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: General (8 Dec. 2017) - this post included an earlier "Global Compacts Round-up"

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