The UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants. Will it make a difference?

T. Alexander Aleinikoff

August 2016; 4 pages

Global Governance Spotlight 5|2016 (pdf)

Against the backdrop of humanity on the move, the United Nations convenes a high-level meeting during the meeting of the General Asembly in New York on September 19, 2016. Its purpose is to consider global responses to large movements of refugees and migrants. The Global Governance Spotlight 5|2016, written by former UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees, T. Alexander Aleinikoff, discusses key recommendations of the mentioned draft, identifies issues not adequately addressed by the drafters, and assesses the likely impact of the Summit.

With the integration of a comprehensive peace dimension, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development lays the basis for a new form of engagement with fragile and conflict-affected states – and hence for the eradication of extreme poverty, the reduction of violence, and the narrowing of social and political inequalities. But with "business as usual", these states will not reach the ambitious objectives of the Agenda. In the Global Governance Spotlight 4|2016, Marc Baxmann from FriEnt therefore discusses a set of crucial measures to ensure that the peace dimension achieves its full impact.

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