Canada reaffirms strong leadership role in refugee protection at Global Refugee Forum
“Canada has a proud and long-standing tradition of responding to the needs of vulnerable people. We are at the forefront of working with partners to advance innovative solutions for those who’ve been forced to flee their homes. I was pleased to lead the Canadian delegation at the inaugural Global Refugee Forum and commit to renewed support for refugees.”
- Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
“People who have had to flee their homes and countries are often highly vulnerable and require humanitarian assistance. This multi-year funding to the UNHCR will provide life-saving assistance and protection services and will support durable solutions for refugees.”
- Karina Gould, Minister of International Development
Refugee situations have increased in scope, scale and complexity. There are very high numbers of forcibly displaced people, including 25.9 million refugees worldwide in 2018.
In 2018, UNHCR and its partners responded to the assistance and protection needs of some 74.8 million people worldwide, including refugees and asylum seekers.
In 2018, United Nations member states adopted the Global Compact on Refugees, which aims to address the need for more predictable and equitable responsibility-sharing for the world’s refugees.
As part of the Global Compact on Refugees, states agreed to meet every 4 years at the ministerial level at the Global Refugee Forum to review progress in implementing the objectives of the compact.
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