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CID TALK: The Upcoming UN Refugee Summit: A Minor Miracle Or Abject Failure?

7 September 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) Office, Level 2, 32 Waring Taylor Street, Wellington

Speaker: Carsten Bockemuehl, Research & Policy Manager, Amnesty International New Zealand

Bring your lunch along to another stimulating CID Talk.

World leaders will descend on the United Nations in New York on the 19th of September for a special summit on the global refugee and migration crisis, the largest gathering on this issue since the UN Refugee Convention was drafted in 1951.

The summit’s intent is to forge a new global deal between states, leading to better cooperation and greater sharing of responsibility for refugees. 86% of the world’s refugees currently live in developing countries. Following five months of contentious debates in New York, a Political Declaration has been negotiated that will serve as the basis for the summit’s outcomes. Civil society organisations, including refugee voices from around the world, have played a major role in shaping this agreement.

So what to make of it? Will the summit be able to deliver action that is meaningful in view of the current global displacement crisis? Is it going to be the game-changer that refugees, campaigners and governments at the front-line of large-scale movements were hoping for? What role has New Zealand played in the process to date, and what can we expect in the future?

Carsten Bockemuehl is the Research & Policy Manager at Amnesty International New Zealand. His work is focused on ending the global refugee crisis, war crimes in armed conflict, the death penalty and repression of human rights defenders across the Asia-Pacific. He has previously worked with Amnesty International’s UN office in New York. Amnesty International is a global movement of individuals who protect and defend human rights.

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Our thanks to VSA for hosting this event.