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WCC/UN High Level Conference: Refugee Crisis in Europe

Some 80 leaders of governments, UN agencies, faith-related as well as non-religious civil society organizations from countries affected by the current refugee crisis in Europe, Middle East, and Africa will meet at a conference hosted by the World Council of Churches in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Fund for Population (UNFPA), and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to discern how they can proactively influence and shape coordinated collective practical responses.
WCC/UN High Level Conference:  Refugee Crisis in Europe

Refugees arriving on the Greek island of Lesbos. Photo: Paul Jeffrey/WCC

Event details

When

18 - 19 January 2016

Where

Geneva, Switzerland

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Some 80 leaders of governments, UN agencies, faith-related as well as non-religious civil society organizations from countries affected by the current refugee crisis in Europe, Middle East, and Africa will meet at a conference hosted by the World Council of Churches in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Fund for Population (UNFPA), and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)  to discern how they can proactively influence and shape coordinated collective practical responses.

The opening keynote will be delivered 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 agenda also features contributions by the leaders of the WCC, UNFPA, UNICEF Central and Eastern Europe Region, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Lutheran World Federation, the Middle East Council of Churches and its Ecumenical Relief Services, the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe, the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom, the Evangelical Church in Germany and the German Protestant aid agency Bread for the World, among others.

Conference programme (700 KB, pdf)

A live stream of the conference will be made available at https://gmsreplay.vaas.comm-tec.de/replay/webcastShow.html?key=5CfAcAmRgwhBTAd.

Press and media are cordially invited to attend the conference. To do so, interested media must register for accreditation on Friday 15 January, by 13.30 p.m. Please find the accreditation form and further instructions in the online press room.