80 leaders of governments, UN agencies, faith-related and non-religious civil society organisations from countries affected by the current refugee crisis in Europe, Middle East and Africa are to meet from 18-19 January 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland, at a conference hosted by the World Council of Churches (WCC).
The conference aims to help discern common actions needed to address the refugee crisis with three main objectives:
- Develop clear commitments to coordinated responses in all areas – from the implementation of migration and integration policies to the creation of adequate mechanisms for orderly and safe refugee movements across Europe.
- Address the issue of population movements from points of origin (root causes), to points of transit, and ultimate destination.
- Prioritise the integration of migrants into civil society, religious communities and socio-cultural institutions – people fleeing or driven from their homes should be able to find belonging and build a sense of home at point of reception.
The opening keynote address will be from by the German Minister of the Interior, Dr Thomas de Maizière, with responses by UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Protection Volker Türk, Greek Ambassador to UN H.E. Mr Alexandros Alexandris, and Archbishop Dr Antje Jackelén of the Church of Sweden.
The conference is being hosted by the WCC in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Fund for Population (UNFPA), and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
For more details on the WCC/UN High Level Conference on the refugee crisis in Europe see the WCC website.