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Focus areas

Forced Migration

Forced migration was ICVA’s first focus area in 1962, and remains just as critical today. Our objective is to improve protection, assistance and durable solutions for refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), stateless persons and migrants in vulnerable situations.

ICVA achieves this by supporting NGOs understanding of, engagement with, and influence related to UNHCR, IOM and other key stakeholders, including states and regional actors. There are many opportunities for NGOs to engage in ICVA’s portfolio on Forced Migration, view them listed below.

Forced Migration Working Group...

ICVA supports collective NGO advocacy by facilitating statements, positions and action on critical issues pertaining to forced displacement...
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Forced Migration Working Group

ICVA hosts a number of Working Groups related to our focus areas (Forced Migration, Financing, Coordination, and Navigating Change) as laid out in our Strategy.

ICVA’s Forced Migration Working Group (FMWG) gives the opportunity for our members to advise ICVA on our work related to the forced migration focus area. This group meets on a monthly basis.

Members who would like to join this group contact the ICVA Forced Migration team.

Forced Migration Working Group: Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference
1 January 2019
ICVA Forced Migration Working Group: Terms of Reference
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Resources: Forced Migration Working Group

Below are notes from the Forced Migration Working Group meetings. To see notes beyond the last three years, search in ICVA resources. Notes are available for ICVA members only.

Meeting notesMembers only
1 January 2021
2021 Meeting notes: Forced migration working group
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1 January 2020
2020 Meeting notes: Forced migration working group
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1 January 2019
2019 Meeting notes: Forced migration working group
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ICVA Forced Migration Team

Mr Jérôme Elie
Head of Forced Migration
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As primary focal point on topics and issues related to internal and cross-border forced displacement, Jerome particularly leads ICVA’s support to NGOs’ global engagement in the implementation of the Global Compact on Refugees, with a specific focus on protection and durable solutions. Jerome’s work focuses on supporting NGOs’ global advocacy and policy analyses, fostering interactions a range of stakeholders (States, UN Agencies (particularly UNHCR), the World Bank). He also leads on disaster (climate change) displacement and represents ICVA on the Advisory Committee of the Platform on Disaster Displacement and the UN Network on Migration.

Ms Loise Dai Rocheteau
Policy Officer Forced Migration
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Loïse has expertise on Forced Displacement with 10 years of experience including in preventing and responding to sexual and gender-based violence in humanitarian settings and particularly in the context of refugee responses in North Africa, South-East Asia & Europe. Loïse’s skills include research, analysis and reporting, capacity building, multi-stakeholders engagement, public speaking and meeting coordination.

She holds a Master’s degree in Human Rights with a speciality in Humanitarian Affairs from the University of Strasburg. Recently, she completed a course on Climate Change and Human Mobility from the University for Peace.

Prior to joining ICVA in 2019, she worked with the NGOs International Rescue Committee and France Terre d’Asile as well as with UNHCR.

Global Compact on Refugees...

ICVA supports NGOs engagement in the implementation of the Global Compact on Refugees...
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Overview: Global Compact on Refugees & Global Refugee Forum

The Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) was endorsed by Member States in 2018 at the UN General Assembly. The Compact establishes a framework for responsibility-sharing on refugee issues, as a means to strengthen protection and expand durable solutions for refugees worldwide. ICVA engaged with NGOs in the development of the Global Compact on Refugees and subsequently in the Compact’s implementation.

In response to the Global Compact on Refugees, UNHCR organised the first ever Global Refugee Forum (GRF) in 2019. At which numerous NGOs made pledges to uphold the various elements of the Compact. ICVA participated in the preparatory meetings for the GRF and coordinated a compilation of pledges from over 70 NGOs worldwide relating to the implementation of the GCR.

ICVA’s own pledge is to support NGOs engagement in the follow-up of the 2019 Forum. ICVA will also engage with the planning for the second Global Refugee Forum in 2023, with a continued focus on protection and durable solutions for displaced populations.

Resources: Global Compact on Refugees

UNHCR Report
15 December 2018
Global compact on refugees
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Description

The Global Compact on Refugees is a framework for more predictable and equitable responsibility-sharing, recognizing that a sustainable solution to refugee situations cannot be achieved without international cooperation.

It provides a blueprint for governments, international organizations, and other stakeholders to ensure that host communities get the support they need and that refugees can lead productive lives.

It constitutes a unique opportunity to transform the way the world responds to refugee situations, benefiting both refugees and the communities that host them.

ICVA publication
13 June 2017
The Global Compact on Refugees Explained: an ICVA Briefing Paper
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The New York Declaration calls for the development of two new global “compacts”  adopted by the UN General Assembly in late 2018, one on refugees, the other for safe, orderly and regular migration.

  • What is the Global Compact on Refugees?
  • Why should we care about it?
  • How is it being developed?
  • What does it hope to achieve?
  • How relevant is it to NGOs and how can you participate?
Resources: Implementation of the GCR

Link to NGO statements and meeting notes
16 July 2018
Formal Consultations - Global Compact on Refugees - February-June 2018
Subject/ Forced migration / Global compact on refugees /
Description

In 2018, ICVA coordinated the drafting and delivery of 20 NGO statements on the Global Compact on Refugees, presented by NGO representatives during the formal consultations organised by UNHCR from February to July.

Click arrow to find the statements submitted by NGOs, and detailed notes of the consultations.

Meeting notes
1 March 2021
INTERSOS-ICVA webinar - Fostering protection and durable solutions through legal aid in humanitarian settings
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The INTERSOS-ICVA webinar on Fostering protection and durable solutions through legal aid in humanitarian settings was held on 4 March 2021.

Event
15 October 2019
International Solidarity Conference on the Venezuela refugee and migrants crisis
Subject/ Forced migration /
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28-29 October 2019 in Brussels

The high-level International Solidarity Conference organized by the European Union, the UN Refugee Agency and the International Organization for Migration on 28-29 October in Brussels aimed to mobilise support in addressing the refugee and migrant crisis, demonstrate solidarity of the international community to the affected host countries and increase international support for a regional and coordinated response.

In this sense, through NGO networks (ICVA, InterAction, and Voice), NGOs worldwide and particularly those active in Latin America and the Caribbean region developed the following joint NGO statement on “Ensuring solidarity with displaced Venezuelans: supporting countries and communities hosting and protecting them”.

Resources: GCR Support Platforms

Meeting notes
6 July 2020
Support Platform for the Solutions Strategy for Afghans Refugees
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High-Level Meeting on the Support Platform for the Solutions Strategy for Afghan Refugees  was held on 6 July 2020.

You can watch the meeting recording, or find more information on the SSAR Platform website.

Below are NGO documents related to the meeting.

 

Resources: Global Refugee Forums

These resources provides a snapshot of NGOs engagement towards the Global Refugee Forums that deliver tangible contributions to the objectives of the Global Compact on Refugees and sets an ambitious standard for refugee response.

Resources: Global Refugee Forum 2019

External link
16 December 2019
UNHCR Global Refugee Forum webpage
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The first Global Refugee Forum took place on 16 (advance session), 17 and 18 December 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland and brought the international community together to demonstrate solidarity with the world’s refugees and the countries and communities that host them.

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ICVA publication
16 November 2020
ICVA pledge: Global Forum for Refugees 2019
Subject/ Forced migration / Global compact on refugees /
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Description

In May 2020, UNHCR launched a mechanism for tracking pledges implementation and requesting stakeholders to provide relevant updates on their pledges. ICVA submitted information for this follow-up process and invites its members and other stakeholders to contribute to this major element of the accountability system embededed in the Compact and the Forum.

 

Meeting notes
16 July 2019
Meeting notes: GRF Co-sponsoring
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Co-sponsoring arrangements

At the first Global Refugee Forum on 17-18 December in  Geneva in Switzerland, multi-stakeholders including Member States, NGOs, refugees, academics, the private sector could become co-sponsors.

For this purpose, UNHCR opened co-sponsoring meetings for the six areas of focus on Arrangements for burden- and responsibility-sharing, Education, Jobs and livelihoods, Energy and infrastructure, Solutions and Protection capacity.

More information can be found on UNHCR’s webpage

NGO statements and meeting notes
16 July 2019
Preparatory meetings for Global Refugee Forum 2019
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Resources: Follow up to the Global Refugee Forum

NGO statements and meeting notes
16 February 2020
UNHCR’s Informal briefings on the Global Refugee Forum in 2020
Subject/ Forced migration / Global compact on refugees /
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Description

NGOs delivered statements at the UNCHR informal briefings on the Global refugee forum.

  • Second informal briefing 11 June 2020
  • Third informal briefing 28 September 2020
  • Fourth informal briefing 14 December 2020
Overview: NGOs and UNHCR

As the primary liaison between the NGO community and UNHCR, ICVA works to improve the partnership between UNHCR and NGOs. We ensure NGOs participate in the shaping of UNCHR’s policies and decisions that have an impact on the protection, assistance and durable solutions for refugees.

ICVA continually raises the voices of NGOs in a variety of UNHCR meetings including: 

  • The Executive Committee and Standing Committee meetings
  • The UNHCR-NGO Annual Consultations
  • The UNHCR-NGO Regional Consultations
  • The High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges
  • UNHCR-NGO 2021 Monthly Consultations
  • The Nansen Refugee Awards
UNHCR’s Governing Board

ICVA coordinates the development of the joint NGO statements delivered at UNHCR’s Executive Committee and Standing Committee meetings. ICVA also works with interested NGOs to follow the negotiation of ExCom conclusions and organises NGO side events at these meetings.

Resources: UNHCR’s Governing Board

Link to NGO statements
15 July 2021
NGO Statements - UNCHR Standing Committee
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SCOMM
Link to NGO statements
16 July 2021
NGO Statements - UNHCR Executive Committee
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ExCOMM
UNHCR-NGO Annual Consultations

ICVA co-hosts with UNHCR the UNHCR-NGO Annual Consultations. ICVA ensures NGOs are consulted and included in the process, from selecting the theme of the consultations, to shaping and convening sessions.

Here you will find information related to UNHCR-NGO Annual Consultations, Regional Consultations and Monthly Consultations.

Resources

Guidelines
14 July 2016
Guide for NGO Delegates attending the Annual Consultations
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The High Commissioner's Dialogue on Protection Challenges

This event, launched in 2007 by the former UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres, is a unique forum for open exchange of views between states, NGOs and other stakeholders. Over the years participants in the Dialogues have addressed a range of protection issues from protracted refugee situations; durable solutions and international migration; protection at sea; understanding and addressing root causes of displacement.

For each Protection Dialogue ICVA and NGOs brainstorm ideas of participation and key advocacy messages to be shared at the event.

The Nansen Refugee Awards

ICVA received the Nansen Award in 1962.  ICVA’s Executive Director serves on the Nansen Refugee Award Committee.  Civil society organisations are encouraged to nominate individuals or organisations who spend an extraordinary amount of time and effort to help the forcibly displaced. Their work goes beyond the call of duty and outside of normal activities; demonstrates courage; and has a direct positive impact on the lives of forcibly displaced or stateless people.

ICVA's Work on UNHCR COVID-19 Response

At the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic in mid-March 2020, ICVA co-organised with UNHCR global weekly virtual consultations with NGO partners on preparedness and response to COVID-19 in refugee situations. The objective of these meetings was to create a space for regular dialogue between UNHCR and NGOs on challenges and for sharing good practices on emerging responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Resources

Meeting notes
17 March 2020
UNHCR-NGO consultations on preparedness and response to COVID-19 pandemic
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Notes on UNHCR Consultations with NGOs on preparedness and response to COVID-19

NGO statements
3 June 2020
UNHCR’s 2nd briefing on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic
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NGO statements
22 April 2020
UNHCR’s 1st briefing on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic
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The World Bank Group-UNHCR Joint Data Center on Forced Displacement...

ICVA follows the work of the Joint Data Center (JDC) and aims to support ICVA members in their engagement with the JDC...
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The World Bank Group-UNHCR JDC on Forced Displacement

The World Bank Group and UNHCR have been expanding collaboration, through joint analytical work and in operations in several regions. As a result, both organisations established the new Joint Data Center (JDC) on forced displacement. The JDC was officially launched in 2019 with the aim to enhance the ability of stakeholders to make timely and evidence-informed decisions that can improve the lives of refugees, internally displaced persons, stateless people, returnees, asylum-seekers, and host populations.

Particularly through its Strategic Advisory Council, the JDC gathers inputs from a range of interested stakeholders, including NGOs. As such, ICVA is following the work of the JDC and aims to support ICVA members in their engagement with the Joint Data Center.

Internally Displaced Persons...

ICVA supports its members engagement on issues related to internal displacement...
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Overview: Internally Displaced Persons

ICVA supports its members engagement on issues related to Internal Displacement:

  • ICVA coordinated NGO inputs to inform the updating of the UNHCR Policy on Internal Displacement.
  • ICVA engaged in the GP20 Plan of Action for Advancing the Prevention, Protection and Solutions for Internally Displaced Persons and now engages with its follow-up, the GP2.0.
  • ICVA informally supports the work of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons by facilitating exchanges and consultations between the Special Rapporteur and the NGO community.
  • ICVA supported its members’ engagement with the High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement and ensured the Panel and the Expert Advisory Group benefit from inputs from NGOs and civil society at large. ICVA continues efforts towards supporting NGO engagement with the implementation of the Panel’s recommendations.
High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement

The High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement was established by the UN Secretary-General to identify concrete recommendations on how to better prevent, respond and achieve solutions to the global internal displacement crisis.

ICVA supported its members’ engagement with the High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement and ensured the Panel and the Expert Advisory Group benefit from inputs from NGOs and civil society at large. ICVA continues efforts towards supporting NGO engagement with the implementation of the Panel’s recommendations.

Resources: High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement

NGO statements on the High Level Panel on Internal Displacement
25 February 2020
NGO statements on the High Level Panel on Internal Displacement
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ICVA has worked to keep its members closely informed of the developments leading to the launching of a High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement and stepped in to ensure the Panel, its Secretariat and the Expert Advisory Group benefit from inputs from NGOs and civil society at large.

Below are NGO statements, coordinated by ICVA, on the High Level Panel on Internal Displacement:

Resource page
29 July 2021
Resources High Level panel on internal displacment
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Migrants in Vulnerable Situations...

To assist NGOs in the protection of Migrants in vulnerable situations, ICVA is engaged in various coordination platforms, initiatives and learning programmes...
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Overview: Migrants in Vulnerable Situations

To assist NGOs in the protection of migrants in vulnerable situations, ICVA is engaged in various coordination platforms, initiatives and learning programmes.

ICVA co-convenes the Civil Society Action Committee on Migration.

ICVA co-organises with IOM the annual  IOM-NGO humanitarian consultations.

In these initiatives, ICVA works jointly with members, other NGOs, UN agencies and other key stakeholders.

Resources

Global Compact
19 December 2018
Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration
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Description

The global compact for migration is the first, intergovernmentally negotiated agreement, prepared under the auspices of the United Nations, to cover all dimensions of international migration in a holistic and comprehensive manner.

The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration was formally endorsed by the UN General Assembly on 19 December 2018.

 

 

IOM-NGO Humanitarian Consultations

Since 2015 IOM and ICVA have jointly organised the IOM-NGO humanitarian consultations.  This annual platform is for IOM and NGOs to engage  in dialogue and reflect on current challenges facing the humanitarian sector. This includes exchanges on best practices, and developing key recommendations to further joint engagement.

The Principles of Partnership are central to the discussions.

The consultations benefit the joint work of IOM and humanitarian NGO partners with the objective  of strengthening effective and principled crisis response.

Resources

Resources
22 July 2021
IOM-NGO humanitarian consultations
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Iom 2019
Meeting
30 October 2019
IOM NGO Humanitarian Consultations 2019
Subject/ Forced migration /
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Description

29-30 October, Istanbul, Turkey

The fifth annual IOM-NGO Humanitarian Consultation took place on 29-30 October 2019, Istanbul, Turkey.

The Consultation brought together some 60 participants from IOM and humanitarian NGOs. The overarching theme was humanitarian access in emergencies and protracted crises, with a focus on the MENA region but including relevant discussions from other regions for experience sharing and learning. The discussions delved into good practice in leveraging our respective strengths to improve humanitarian coverage in volatile and insecure environments and reach those most in need.

Meeting
25 September 2018
IOM NGO Humanitarian Consultations 2018
Subject/ Forced migration /
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IOM and NGOs gathered in Geneva on 25 September 2018, to deliberate on the following topics:

  1. Addressing internal displacement in protracted crises through the triple nexus of humanitarian, development and peace
  2. IOM-NGO complementarities in protection
  3. Transitional justice and internal displacement.
Meeting
11 September 2017
IOM NGO Humanitarian Consultations 2017
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The 2017 IOM- NGO humanitarian consultations took place in Nairobi,  Kenya, on 11-12 September 2017.

The consultations convened under the theme of complementarity, coherence, and collaboration, provided an opportunity for IOM and humanitarian NGO partners to deliberate on the topics of 1) Internal Displacement and durable solutions for IDPs; 2) Mixed Migration – Addressing the needs of migrants in vulnerable situations; 3) IOM-NGO Partnership in Cluster Coordination; and 4) Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM).

Meeting
13 June 2016
IOM NGO Humanitarian Consultations 2016
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The 2016 IOM-NGO consultations took place in Geneva, Switzerland on 13 June 2016.

IOM and NGOs looked at the overarching theme of humanitarian partnership, which had become a key element of IOM’s humanitarian policy (adopted by the Organization’s Council in late 2015).

Meeting
30 June 2015
IOM NGO Humanitarian Consultations 2015
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IOM 2015
Description

The first IOM-NGO consultations were held on 30 June 2015, in Geneva, Switzerland.

The consultation had three clear objectives:

  1. To provide a platform for discussion and partnership development between IOM & NGOs.
  2. To further engage partners in the ongoing development of IOM’s Principles for Humanitarian action (PHA).
  3. To identify possible ways forward in partnership between IOM and Humanitarian NGOs.
Resources: International Migration Law Learning Programme

International Migration Law - Learning Programme
26 May 2021
International Migration Law - Learning Programme
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This is an initiative of ICVA, Civil Society Action Committee and the International Migrants Bill of Rights (IMBR) at Cornell University to provided a learning program for NGO staff working on migration. The concept note and the outlines of the sessions can be found below.

ICVA's work on UNHCR COVID-19 Response...

At the outset of the pandemic in mid-March 2020, ICVA and UNHCR co-organised global weekly meetings with NGO partners on response to COVID-19 in refugee situations...
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