The Global Compact on Refugees: Why we Need Development Partners

The Global Compact on Refugees, led by UNHCR, will be proposed at the UN General Assembly in September 2018 as a new framework for international cooperation to better support refugees and host communities. It envisions a more comprehensive approach that aims to improve responsibility sharing, strengthen national protectio... view more


An introduction on the Global Compact on Refugees,a potentially once in a generation opportunity to re-frame the conversation on the international response to the global refugee crisis.


Hear from Volker Turk, Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, UNHCR, on some of the advantages the Global Compact on Refugees provides as we move forward on how the international community will deal with forced displacement and refugees around the world.


Hear from Annette Dixon, Vice President, Human Development at the World Bank, about the issues the World Bank Group is grappling with in their work, particularly in fragile and conflict effected countries, with a focus on the broader causes of migration and refugees.


Hear from Illango Patchamuthu, World Bank Country Director for Pakistan, which has been hosting millions of refugees from Afghanistan since the late 1970s.


Hear from Haneen Sayed about some of the challenges in addressing the impact of the Syrian conflict on neighboring countries particularly Jordan and Lebanon.


Join a question and answer session with the audience and panelist.


Join the audience and panelist for a continued question and answer session focusing on refugees, returnees, reintegration, and climate change refugees.

About the Presenters

Volker Turk

Assistant High Commissioner For Protection, UNHCR

Mahmoud Mohieldin

Senior Vice President, World Bank

Xavier Devictor

Advisor, Forced Displacement, Fragility, Conflict and Violence Group, World Bank

Annette Dixon

Vice President, Human Development, World Bank

Illango Patchamuthu

World Bank Country Director, Pakistan

Haneen Ismail Sayed

World Bank Program Leader for Human Development in Lebanon, Syria and Jordan