SSI and partner organisations are in Geneva at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees consultations with NGOs.
Over two weeks, NGOS from around the world will discuss best practice, lobby for support and plan to ease the global refugee crisis. Here are the top posts from the consultations.
SSI Case Manager Najeeba Wazefadost has adressed the UNHCR NGO Consultations in Geneva for a second time this week overnight. Ms Wazefadost, a former asylum seeker and refugee who is representing RCOA at the consultations, gave a closing speech.
Read Ms Wazefadost's speech below:
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International community should assume responsibility for solutions in Syria Lebanon is a small country & can't handle the load @SSI_tweets— Yamamah Agha (@AghaYamamah) July 2, 2015
Former asylum seeker and refugee Najeeba Wazefadost has spoken at the UNHCR NGO Consultations Youth and Adolescent Session overnight. She described her experience, which included time in immigration detention while still a child, and called for a way to process and protect child refugees without placing them in detention.
Ms Wazefadost is a Case Manager for SSI, working with newly arrived refugees in Australia, but she is in Geneva representing the Australian National Committee on Refugee Women and the Asian Women’s Human Rights Council.
Read her speech in full, below.
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Najeeba Wazefadost at the UNHCR NGO Consultations in Geneva.
More Tweets from SSI representatives and other NGOs at the UNHCR NGO Consultations.
After a week of Standing Committee meetings in the lead up to the 2015 UNHCR NGO Consultations this week, the leading NGOs from around the world agreed on and prepared prepared seven official statements to guide strategies for better protection and settlement of refugees.
Read them in the documents below:
Below is the updated scehdule for the NGO Consultations in Geneva, starting today.
US resettles approx. 70k refugees/year, gathering biometrics since 2012 and see benefits in re-settlement process as well @SSI_tweets— Esta Paschalidis (@estapaschchilas) June 26, 2015
Dutch Refugee Council #UNHCR advocates optimum conditions in asylum hosting countries especially given how long people stay on @SSI_tweets
— Esta Paschalidis (@estapaschchilas) June 25, 2015
Great to hear that Netherlands supports focus on displaced women and girls.@SSI_tweets— Yamamah Agha (@AghaYamamah) June 25, 2015
SSI Case Manager Najeeba Wazefadost came to Australia with her family to seek asylum in 2000, when she was 11. She and er family were detained in immigration detention before being granted refugee protection by Australia. Ms Wazefadost is at the UNHCR Partner Consultations representing the Australian National Committee on Refugee Women and the Asian Women’s Human Rights Council: she read the global NGO statement on alternatives to detention at UNHCR’s Standing Committee meeting.
Canada announces over 23,000 refugees this year with a targeted increase of 3,000 Syrians @SSI_tweets— Esta Paschalidis (@estapaschchilas) June 24, 2015
@SSI_tweets 1/2 worlds refugees from 3 countries Syria Afghanistan Somalia need to address root causes says Volker Turk UNHCR— Violet Roumeliotis (@CeoRoumeliotis) June 24, 2015