Is there a related event on 20 September 2016?
Also on the margins of the General Assembly, on 20 September 2016, the United States President Obama is hosting the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees which will appeal to governments to pledge significant new commitments on refugees. While the Presidential Summit will focus on refugees, not migrants, the General Assembly event will address large movements of both. The two events will complement one another.
Background on the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees Hosted by President Obama.
On September 20, President Obama will host the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees in the wake of the UN General Assembly. The Summit will bring together leaders of member states who are prepared to make new and significant pledges in 2016 to help address refugees’ most urgent needs. To participate in the Summit, major refugee-hosting member states will enact new policies to improve refugees’ access to employment and education – so as to enable them to become more self-reliant. Other states will provide additional funding to UN humanitarian appeals and agencies, above and beyond what they gave in 2015; and welcome additional refugees to their countries, beyond what they had previously planned.
Building on these individual pledges, the Summit is expected to achieve three overarching goals:
- Generate a 30 percent increase in financing for global humanitarian appeals, from $10 billion in 2015 to $13 billion this year.
- Double the number of resettlement slots and alternative legal pathways for admission that are available to refugees, and increase the number of countries accepting significant numbers of refugees.
- Increase the number of refugees worldwide in school by one million, and the number of refugees granted the legal right to work by one million.