Global Refugee Youth Consultations
Why consult with refugee youth?
Refugee youth are often left out of activities and programmes organized by humanitarian organizations. Young people have skills, abilities and needs that are rarely recognized or understood. There is a need to reach-out and hear from them about the challenges they face, their visions for the future and what support they need to shape positive futures.
What are the Global Refugee Youth Consultations?
The Global Refugee Youth Consultations were launched in Geneva in July 2015. They provide an opportunity for refugee youth to discuss issues that affect them with host country youth and representatives from the United Nations, international NGOs and other organizations working with youth in the country. The process aims to place youth at the centre of decision making processes that affect them and to recognize their potential.
The Consultations will:
Who is involved?
The Global Refugee Youth Consultations are led by UNHCR and the Women’s Refugee Commission, with support from the Youth and Adolescents in Emergencies Advocacy Group (YAE Group). The target group for this project includes refugee and host country youth between the ages of 15 – 24 years.
The Youth and Adolescents in Emergencies Advocacy Group (YAE Group) includes representatives from more than 15 humanitarian organizations that are committed to achieving better outcomes for young people in humanitarian situations.
Where and When?
The consultations will take place between November 2015 and June 2016. They will include national level consultations in Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East and North Africa led by NGOs from that country with support from UNHCR and an international NGO partner. A toolkit has been designed to support shorter, parallel consultations in North America, Australasia, Europe and elsewhere. Selected youth from the national consultations will participate in a global consultation in Geneva in June 2016 and the outcomes from all the consultations will be included in a final report
What do the 4 day National Consultations look like?
The National Consultations have two parts:
Further information will be posted as the GRYC progresses and you can follow @wrcommission and #GRYC on Twitter. You can also contact us or WRC Geneva office with specific enquires.
Download the short concept note here
Download an audio file (found to the left) of refugee youth, Najeeba Wazefadost's, speech to launch the Global Refugee Youth Consultations at the UNHCR-NGO Consultations in Geneva on 3rd July 2015.