Conference Participation

January 19, 2021

Our VULNER project member, Delphine Nakache, leader of the work package on Canada, is taking part in the upcoming "Virtual Conference: 70 Years Protecting People Forced to Flee" in the North American panels on January 21st, 2021 at 12:30 - 14:00 EST.

The virtual academic conference, “70 Years Protecting People Forced to Flee”, will take place on 18, 19, 21 and 27 January 2021 to mark the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

The conference consists of several region-specific sessions, which focus on specific challenges, opportunities and refugee situations in each region where UNHCR operates.

Delphine Nakache participates as panelist during the first North American panel "Realizing protection and solutions within North America" on January 21st, 2021 at 12:30 - 14:00 EST.

The Panel will examine the past, present and future of realizing protection and solutions within North America. It will consider challenges to protection (admission agreements, asylum access, detention, border practices) and solutions (integration, sponsorship, pathways to citizenship) in the North American context. It will consciously take a regional approach and include perspectives from Canada, the US and Mexico. It will consider differences and lessons from these various national contexts, from the perspective of state practice, civil society actors, the private sector, and sub-state actors, including cities and provinces or states.

In looking forward, the panel will consider future opportunities to realize protection and solutions in a hemispheric approach to displacement, including the potential to support regional approaches, such as the MIRPS, and identify examples of innovation that can be taken to scale. It will also reflect on the diversity of North American perspectives to understand how differences can be understood and approaches designed that speak to this diversity. This panel’s timing, a day after Inauguration Day in the United States, will provide a critical moment to consider how challenges can be addressed and future opportunities pursued.

The panel will conclude with a discussion of a future-looking agenda to advance protection and solutions within the North American context.

Follow this link in order to register for this panel.

More information on the overall conference, including the agenda, can be found here.

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