Original Post by Devex: https://www.devex.com/news/where-were-the-refugees-at-the-global-refugee-forum-96266
GENEVA — Refugee representation and how to hold donors accountable to their pledges were at the top of the conversation as the first Global Refugee Forum wrapped up this week. The event, aimed at transforming the United Nations’ Global Compact on Refugees from a blueprint into action, saw 774 pledges announced.
For that, though, refugees need to be part of the conversation, and many felt that this year’s representation wasn’t good enough. Of the 3,000 participants attending what UNHCR described as “the first-ever world meeting on refugees,” around 70 were refugees. Thomson said that should be addressed the next time around.