UNHCR / GLOBAL REFUGEE FORUM

16-Dec-2019 00:02:23
Companies and brands have doubled down with support for refugees and those who host them, in major commitments announced at the Global Refugee Forum in Geneva. UNHCR
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TITLE: UNHCR / GLOBAL REFUGEE FORUM
TRT: 02:23
SOURCE: UNHCR
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LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 16 DECEMBER 2019, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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1. Wide shot, dais
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Joakim Reiter, Group External Affairs Director:
“What we’re announcing today is the expansion of this partnership that we’ve had with UNHCR for the last five years to add an additional 250 currently under-resourced and under-serviced classrooms and move them to being innovative digital learning hubs across six countries. So, we’re moving from a situation of 36 schools today in Kenya, Tanzania as well as Democratic Republic of Congo to, in the future, close to 300 schools, covering some half a million pupils by 2025.”
3. Med shot, journalist
4. SOUNDBITE (English) John Goodwin, CEO, The LEGO Foundation:
“This year the LEGO Foundation is awarding 100-million-dollar grant to a consortium that’s being led the International Rescue Committee to work alongside host country governments in order to improve the outcomes for an estimated 800,000 pre-primary and primary school children living in refugee settings in East Africa.”
5. Med shot, journalists
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Tolga Öncu, IKEA Retail Operations Manager, Ingka Group:
“We want this narrative to be a positive narrative. These are friends, colleagues. And tomorrow it can be myself, it can be you, it can be our children or grandchildren. I think we owe the refugees today to make sure that the narrative throughout the whole world becomes a positive narrative. It is good business to do good, and we at IKEA have the fortune to think in generations, so we are super willing to invest in making sure that this narrative will change, even if it takes time. And we are extremely proud of being here today and sharing this with all of you.”
7. Med shot, journalist
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Hamdi Ulukaya, CEO, Chobani and Founder, Tent Partnership for Refugee:
“While we were hiring, I started hiring these newly settled refugees into our factories, and I found out what magic was happening. The minute they started working is the minute they stopped being a refugee.”
9. Close up, Ulukaya speaking
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Hamdi Ulukaya, CEO, Chobani and Founder, Tent Partnership for Refugee:
“Today we are in a place where businesses and brands are forthcoming, and saying ‘we stand for refugees, we stand for humanity, we stand for making things better for all humankind.”
11. Med shot, journalists
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Companies and brands have doubled down with support for refugees and those who host them, in major commitments announced today (16 Dec) at the Global Refugee Forum in Geneva.

At a press conference at the GRF, Ingka Group, Inter IKEA Group and IKEA Foundation, the Vodafone Foundation and the LEGO Foundation all announced significant financial pledges, a reflection of the private sector’s pivotal role in helping people who have been driven from their homes as well as the communities they now live in.

SOUNDBITE (English) Joakim Reiter, Group External Affairs Director:
“What we’re announcing today is the expansion of this partnership that we’ve had with UNHCR for the last five years to add an additional 250 currently under-resourced and under-serviced classrooms and move them to being innovative digital learning hubs across six countries. So, we’re moving from a situation of 36 schools today in Kenya, Tanzania as well as Democratic Republic of Congo to, in the future, close to 300 schools, covering some half a million pupils by 2025.”

The expanding and crucial role of the private sector in mobilizing resources to support refugees was demonstrated today as the Global Refugee Forum began in Geneva. More than 100 companies and foundations are attending the Forum, co-hosted by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the Government of Switzerland.

SOUNDBITE (English) John Goodwin, CEO, The LEGO Foundation:
“This year the LEGO Foundation is awarding 100-million-dollar grant to a consortium that’s being led the International Rescue Committee to work alongside host country governments in order to improve the outcomes for an estimated 800,000 pre-primary and primary school children living in refugee settings in East Africa.”

With partners such as the Tent Partnership for Refugees, the International Chamber of Commerce, as well as local platforms and networks, UNHCR has mobilized pledges from businesses, philanthropists, and foundations. These private sector pledges will support the international community in developing forward-looking and meaningful contributions that will transform the lives of refugees and the communities hosting them.

SOUNDBITE (English) Tolga Öncu, IKEA Retail Operations Manager, Ingka Group:
“We want this narrative to be a positive narrative. These are friends, colleagues. And tomorrow it can be myself, it can be you, it can be our children or grandchildren. I think we owe the refugees today to make sure that the narrative throughout the whole world becomes a positive narrative. It is good business to do good, and we at IKEA have the fortune to think in generations, so we are super willing to invest in making sure that this narrative will change, even if it takes time. And we are extremely proud of being here today and sharing this with all of you.”

Over 30 organizations - including multinationals, law firms, private foundations, small and medium enterprises, coalitions and investment networks - have come forward with pledges worth more than US$ 250 million. These are centred around the goals of the Global Compact on Refugees and will include specific commitments relating to education opportunities, training and creating jobs for refugees. Other pledges are around connectivity, pro-bono legal services, business development services, investment in refugee-led companies, innovative financing, cash assistance, and access to clean and safe energy.
In 2018, there were 70.8 million forcibly displaced people around the world, the highest number on record.

SOUNDBITE (English) Hamdi Ulukaya, CEO, Chobani and Founder, Tent Partnership for Refugee:
“While we were hiring, I started hiring these newly settled refugees into our factories, and I found out what magic was happening. The minute they started working is the minute they stopped being a refugee.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Hamdi Ulukaya, CEO, Chobani and Founder, Tent Partnership for Refugee:
“Today we are in a place where businesses and brands are forthcoming, and saying ‘we stand for refugees, we stand for humanity, we stand for making things better for all humankind.”

Ingka Group, Inter IKEA Group and IKEA Foundation announced commitments across its value chain for refugees. By 2022, they will support 2,500 refugees through job training and language skills initiatives in 300 IKEA stores and units in 30 countries. Inter IKEA Group will create sustainable livelihoods for 400 women through its partnership with Jordan River Foundation. These commitments are boosted by the IKEA Foundation’s commitment of EUR 100 million in programme grants over the next five years.

LEGO Foundation: A US$ 100 million grant for play-based learning solutions for pre-primary and primary school-aged children impacted by the protracted humanitarian crises in East Africa, through a new initiative called PlayMatters, aiming to strengthen resilience and help build social, emotional, cognitive, physical and creative skills.

Vodafone Foundation: A commitment to provide a high-quality digital education to more than 500,000 young refugees with the expansion of the Instant Network Schools (INS) programme. Vodafone will provide free connectivity in schools, and trained Vodafone employee volunteers will support teacher training and provide technical assistance on the ground. There will be an increase in the number of INS projects in Kenya, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo, with the programme rolling out to new countries by 2025.

A landmark commitment from the private sector was made by over 20 law firms—including some of the largest in the world—as well as in-house counsels for several multinational corporations and a bar association, who together pledged to commit 115,000 hours per year of pro bono legal support to refugees and stateless people. Dozens of NGOs also made a joint pledge to provide legal aid to refugees and stateless persons.
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