Lunch Briefing

Monday 27 May 2019, 12:30 - 13:30

Forced displacement today: the human impact

Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Auditorium A1A
Maison de la paix, Genève

Today, with the number of people uprooted by conflict and violence globally at an unprecedented high, issues related to refugees and migration have become bitterly divisive in many parts of the world – a flashpoint around which concerns about globalisation and its impact are often manipulated for political gain. Yet this trend stands in stark contrast to the hospitality and solidarity of those countries hosting the largest refugee populations, and the upsurge in solidarity across many parts of society today.
High Commissioner Grandi will share his personal perspective on the dynamics of forced displacement and the global response to refugees, drawing on decades of experience in the United Nations and as a humanitarian aid worker, and looking ahead to the implications of the new Global Compact on Refugees. The conversation will be moderated by Melanie Kolbe, Assistant Professor in International Relations and Political Science at the Graduate Institute, Geneva.

Filippo Grandi became the 11th United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 2016. Previously, Grandi had been engaged in international cooperation for over 30 years, focusing on refugee and humanitarian work. He served as Commissioner-General of the UN Agency for Palestine refugees, UNRWA, from 2010 to 2014. Prior to that, Grandi served as Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Afghanistan, following a long career first with NGOs and later with UNHCR in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and at the organization’s Geneva headquarters.