UNHCR / GLOBAL REFUGEE FORUM PLEDGES

17-Dec-2019 00:03:31
World leaders and ministers were joined by partners from the private and development sectors at the first-ever Global Refugee Forum. A number of significant pledges were made, including a 2.5-billion-dollar commitment from the World Bank. UNHCR
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STORY: UNHCR / GLOBAL REFUGEE FORUM PLEDGES
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SOURCE: UNHCR
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 17 DECEMBER 2019, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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17 DECEMBER 2019, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

1. Wide shot, Assembly Hall
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Axel van Trostenburg, Managing Director, World Bank Group:
“The World Bank has created a 2.5-billion-dollar private sector window to help de-risk investment in the most fragile environments and where the challenge is harder in order to create the opportunities for investment and job creation. We have over the past couple of years aggressively implemented and on average about a billion dollars is directed every year to specifically refugees and host communities.”
3. Wide shot, attendees (under soundbite)
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Antoni Estevadeordal, Special Advisor and Head of the Migration Initiative, Inter-American Development Bank:
“The Inter-American Development Bank’s own resources will be blended with additional grants from donors and partners, and co-financing from public and private donors, expecting to leverage a total of one billion US dollars in concessional financing for the period of the next three to four years.”
5. Wide shot, stage and attendees
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Tolga Öncü, Retail Operations Manager, IKEA Group:
“By 2022 we will increase and scale-up the job training and language skill programme to 300 stores in 30 different countries. We are hoping that we can host and train at least two and a half thousand refugees in the markets where we are, giving them an opportunity to apply for jobs within IKEA or outside of IKEA.”
7. Wide shot, attendees
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Joakim Reiter, Group External Affairs Director, Vodafone:
“This is why we are committing here today to expand our connected education programme, our so-called Instant Network Schools, in partnership with UNHCR. Our pledge is to bring quality digital education opportunities to over half a million refugees, helping to connect them to the education that they deserve.”
9. Pan left, attendees to stage
10. SOUNDBITE (English) John Goodwin, CEO, The LEGO Foundation:
“This year the Lego Foundation is awarding a 100-million-dollar grant to a consortium led by the International Rescue Committee to work alongside host governments to improve education outcomes to improve outcomes for approximately 800,000 pre-primary and primary school-aged children living in refugee settings in East Africa.”
11. Med shot, world leaders and ministers
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Thomas Bach, President, International Olympic Committee:
“We know that for children and young people in particular who are uprooted by war or persecution, sport is much more than a leisure activity. For refugees, sport is an opportunity to be included and protected. A chance to heal, develop and grow.”
13. Close up, attendees (under soundbite)
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Julia Mayerhofer, Co-Director of PILnet’s office in Hong Kong, the Global Network for Public Interest Law PILnet:
“I’m extremely excited and delighted to announce a joint pledge that we have been coordinating which is called Mobilizing the Global Legal Community, to protect and find solutions for refugees and others forcibly displaced. To date, this joint pledge has mobilized 50 civil society actors and also 27 law firms, bar associations and corporations that have committed a total of 125,000 pro bono hours per year.”
15. Wide shot, Assembly Hall
STORYLINE
World leaders and ministers were joined by partners from the private and development sectors at the first-ever Global Refugee Forum. A number of significant pledges were made, including a 2.5-billion-dollar commitment from the World Bank.

Speaking in Geneva today (17 Dec), World Bank Group Managing Director Axel van Trostenburg said, “The World Bank has created a 2.5-billion-dollar private sector window to help de-risk investment in the most fragile environments and where the challenge is harder in order to create the opportunities for investment and job creation. We have over the past couple of years aggressively implemented and on average about a billion dollars is directed every year to specifically refugees and host communities.”

Antoni Estevadeordal, Special Advisor and Head of the Migration Initiative of the Inter-American Development Bank said the Bank’s board of Governors approved the use of USD 100 million of its grant facilities to support countries that have received a number of refugees of migrants in the last three years that exceed 0.5 per cent of their populations. These include Belize, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guyana, Panama, Peru and Trinidad and Tobago.

SOUNDBITE (English) Antoni Estevadeordal, Special Advisor and Head of the Migration Initiative, Inter-American Development Bank:
“The Inter-American Development Bank’s own resources will be blended with additional grants from donors and partners, and co-financing from public and private donors, expecting to leverage a total of one billion US dollars in concessional financing for the period of the next three to four years.”

Ingka Group, Inter IKEA Group and IKEA Foundation announced that by 2022, they will support 2,500 refugees through job training and language skills initiatives in 300 IKEA stores and units in 30 countries. These commitments are boosted by the IKEA Foundation’s commitment of EUR 100 million in programme grants over the next five years.

LEGO Foundation awarded a USD 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.

The Vodafone Foundation made 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.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach said that Committee would promote and ensure access for all refugees to safe and inclusive sporting facilities, increase availability and sport-based initiatives for refugees and hosting communities, and promote and facilitate participation of refugees in sporting competitions at all levels. He added that the IOC would continue to give hope to refugees around the world and raise awareness about the magnitude of the global refugee crisis, with the participation of the IOC Refugee Olympic Team at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

SOUNDBITE (English) Thomas Bach, President, International Olympic Committee:
“We know that for children and young people in particular who are uprooted by war or persecution, sport is much more than a leisure activity. For refugees, sport is an opportunity to be included and protected. A chance to heal, develop and grow.”

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 125,000 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.

SOUNDBITE (English) Julia Mayerhofer, Co-Director of PILnet’s office in Hong Kong, the Global Network for Public Interest Law PILnet:
“I’m extremely excited and delighted to announce a joint pledge that we have been coordinating which is called Mobilizing the Global Legal Community, to protect and find solutions for refugees and others forcibly displaced. To date, this joint pledge has mobilized 50 civil society actors and also 27 law firms, bar associations and corporations that have committed a total of 125,000 pro bono hours per year.”

The forum is taking place from 16 to 18 December 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the Government of Switzerland are jointly hosting this global meeting at the Palais des Nations, the home of the United Nations Office at Geneva.
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