The nature and scale of displacement crises have changed, becoming more protracted and intractable in nature and displaying increasingly complex interactions among social, economic, environmental, climatological, geographical, political, human rights and security-related drivers and consequences. As of mid-2020, there are around 80 million people who have been forcibly displaced due to persecution, conflict, violence, human rights violations or events seriously disturbing public order. The forcibly displaced often live in low- and middle-income countries facing their own economic and development challenges, placing an additional burden on host communities and state services in such countries and requiring more equitable responsibility-sharing internationally and the development of new partnerships to provide the necessary support.
Since 1987, UNDP and UNHCR have had two global cooperation agreements, the latest being a Global Joint-Action Plan with collaborations in all regions. UNDP and UNHCR mandates complement each other where persons of concern are vulnerable, marginalised, suffer discrimination or abuse, where mass displacements give rise to social tensions and exceed the capacity of the host or return state to manage a displacement crisis. Three years after its inception, the UNDP and UNHCR Global Joint Action Plan now spans over 25 countries and three sub-regional Support Platforms in Central America and Mexico, Afghanistan and Somalia situations. UNDP’s commitments to the Global Refugee Forum focus on supporting conflict prevention and social cohesion, rule of law and local governance and digital livelihoods with the intention of expanding collaboration in 40 countries. This event will highlight the achievements of the partnership and collaboration between the two agencies as well as emerging and future initiatives.
This event will be held on Zoom.