9/20/2018 Launch of the Refugee Self-Reliance Initiative at ā€œ#BetterLivesNow: Leveraging Refugeesā€™ Talentsā€

9/20/2018 Launch of the Refugee Self-Reliance Initiative at ā€œ#BetterLivesNow: Leveraging Refugeesā€™ Talentsā€

 

On September 20, RefugePoint and the Womenā€™s Refugee Commission in cooperation with the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative organized Better Lives Now: Leveraging Refugeesā€™ Talents, a side event to the UN General Assembly, to launch the Refugee Self-Reliance Initiative. The event was also produced in partnership with Club de Madrid, Mercy Corps, The B Team, Refugees Deeply and The Government of Canada.Ā Watch a highlight video of the event:

Keynote speaker Kim Campbell, Former Prime Minister of Canada and current member of Club de Madrid, along with panel speakers Per Heggens, CEO of the IKEA Foundation, Vartan Gregorian and Noubar Afeyan, Co-Founders of the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative, discussed the importance of supporting refugees to achieve self-reliance.

The event was organized by RefugePoint and theĀ Women’s Refugee CommissionĀ with the support of theĀ Aurora Prize. Event partners includedĀ Club de Madrid,Ā Mercy Corps,Ā The B Team,Ā Refugees Deeply, and UN Canada.

We were also excited to share this collaboration with our fellow members of the Refugee Self-Reliance Initiative:Ā Asylum Access,Ā Christian AidĀ UK,Ā Danish Refugee Council,Ā HIASĀ , theĀ IKEA Foundation,Ā International Rescue Committee, theĀ JIPS – Joint IDP Profiling Service,Ā Mercy Corps, OxfordĀ Refugee Studies Centre,Ā RefugePoint, Regional Durable Solutions Secretariat, Samuel Hall,Ā Save the Children US,Ā Trickle Up,Ā UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency,Ā U.S. Department of State: Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, andĀ The WANA.

To get involved, add your name to theĀ #BetterLivesNow pledgeĀ and support self-reliance opportunities for refugees worldwide.

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