• The forum showed that there is now a widespread of recognition of the message the ILO has been trying to get out for a long time: dealing with the refugee crisis we have in the world today has to include providing access to labour markets and to decent work.

    Guy Ryder, ILO Director General
  • For 3 days 3000 people met in Geneva to discuss how to better support refugees and solve crises of forced displacement. We spoke, reflected, played. Hundreds of pledges were made: policies, laws, funding, opportunities, ideas. This can be a game changer.

    Filippo Grandi - UN High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Decent work lies at the intersection of humanitarian and development interventions.

    Guy Ryder, ILO Director General
  • We invite the private sector and civil society, including refugee and migrant organizations, to participate in multi-stakeholder alliances to support efforts to implement the commitments we are making today.

    New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants - 2016

Global Refugee Forum

One year after the historic affirmation of the Global Compact on Refugees, the first Global Refugee Forum is a critical opportunity to build momentum towards achieving the objectives of this new commitment and strengthen the collective response to refugee situations.

High-Level Dialogue on Jobs & Livelihoods

The session focused on the importance of multi-stakeholder engagement as a vehicle for transformation in forced displacement responses and introduced examples where innovative and successful partnership and networking initiatives exist, particularly relating to jobs and livelihoods. Watch the record on UN Web TV
• Ms. Joana Ibrahim, Refugee Entrepreneur living in Brazil
• Ms. Ergogie Tesfaye Weldmeskel, Minister for Labour and Social Affairs, Ethiopia
• Ms. Sigrid Kaag, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Netherlands (the)
• Mr. Hans Peter Lankes, Vice-President, International Finance Corporation (IFC)
• Mr. Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization (ILO)

Kick-off: 4-year PROSPECTS Partnership

Press release: Joint action to support refugees and host communities

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