Why a call for good practices for COVID-19 responses?
Asylum-seekers, refugees, and people who are internally displaced (IDPs) or stateless are often at particular risk in the COVID-19 outbreak due to their living conditions, legal status and limited options for livelihoods. Given that the pandemic does not discriminate, ensuring that refugees are included in relevant responses and essential services is a benefit for populations and societies as a whole. UNHCR has reiterated that the principles of the Global Compact on Refugees are all the more applicable and actionable today. Projects, programs and initiatives that capture the spirit of the GCR and related commitments made at the Global Refugee Forum (GRF) can make a significant impact on the lives and well-being of refugees and other persons of concern, as well as their host communities.
Leaving no one behind
Organizations, governments, cities, businesses, NGOs and individuals have come together in remarkable ways to address this pandemic and ensure that no one is left behind, including people who are forcibly displaced or stateless. This platform will highlight these stories and inspire actions to support, upscale, and replicate these actions in response to the pandemic.
We encourage all actors to share your Good Practices, in particular those that demonstrate how the Global Compact on Refugees is contributing to the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.