The historic New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants was signed one year ago, uniting all 193 United Nations Member States in the belief that protecting refugees and supporting the countries that shelter them are shared international responsibilities to be borne equitably and reliably. In consultation with governments and other stakeholders, the Declaration gave UNHCR the task of developing “a global compact on refugee sand migrants”. The Global Compact on Refugees is a unique opportunity to strengthen the international community's response to the dire needs of people forced to flee their homes.
UNHCR’s #WithRefugees campaign aims to demonstrate public solidarity with refugees in the lead up to the General Assembly’s consideration of the global compact on refugees in November 2018. The campaign invites you to sign a petition and encourages organizations standing in solidarity with refugees to show their support by joining the campaign. The campaign has mobilized 17,5 million supporters and will continue until a global compact for refugees is adopted in 2018.
The #WithRefugees campaign is a global platform for sharing stories, good practices and narratives of solidarity with refugees and migrants. Its international coalition of over 300 partners will help carry the message of refugee solidarity to an ever-widening, diverse global audience. Importantly, coalition membership helps UNHCR showcase practical ways of supporting refugees at a whole-of-society level, especially in the fields of education, shelter, and livelihoods, which are the focus of the petition.
Opening a key meeting at the 12th of December in Geneva, Filippo Grandi said the UN Refugee Agency’s mission is more urgent than ever.
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