High-level Civil Society Event of the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants
UN-NGLS organized the High-level Civil Society Event of the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants on 19 September 2016 from 10:00am-12:30am in Conference Room 7 at UN Headquarters in New York. This event provided a unique space during the Summit, enabling refugees and migrants to dialogue with UN Member States about the commitments made in the Summit outcome document. The opening session had a special focus on the perspectives of young refugees from Syria on issues for resettlement, inclusion, and the Summit commitment to ensure that all children are in education within a few months of initial displacement, in safe learning environments. The opening session programme included the participation of: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; Ms. Yusra Mardini, 18 year-old Syrian refugee now living in Germany, who swam for 3 hours in the Aegean Sea to push a boat to shore with 20 other refugees on board, and then became a swimmer as part of the Olympic Refugee Team; Ms. Muzoon Almellehan, 17 year-old Syrian refugee who lived in Za'atari and Azraq refugee camps in Jordan, and is now a campaigner with the Malala Fund; Lana (via live videoconference), 11 year-old Syrian refugee living in Jordan who shared her dream to attend school via video sent by Save the Children to UN-NGLS in July; Ms. Megan Smith, United States Chief Technology Officer; and Ms. Kelly Clements, Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees. Moderator: Ms. Susan Alzner, Head of the UN-NGLS NY Office. Read More for the full event programme and video.