The 1st Global Refugee Forum began its work on Tuesday at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, with the participation of Morocco. This two-day forum is enhanced by the presence of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, heads of state and government, heads of United Nations agencies, international institutions, organizations development, business leaders and representatives of civil society.
Morocco is represented by a delegation led by the Minister responsible for Moroccans residing abroad, Nezha El Ouafi, and including in particular the Ambassador Permanent Representative of Morocco to the United Nations Office in Geneva, Omar Zniber.
The Forum is jointly initiated by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Switzerland, as well as by Germany, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Pakistan and Turkey as co-organizers. It takes place against the background of the unprecedented displacement of populations around the world in recent years, notably due to wars and climate change. The forum will also be an opportunity to mobilize new financial resources.
“The contributions pledged to the Forum should, among other solutions, cover financial, technical and material assistance, changes in laws and policies to better promote the inclusion of refugees in society, the opening of resettlement places and the safe repatriation of refugees,” said UNHCR.