The Global Academic Interdisciplinary Network’s Secretariat, chaired by the University of Essex and UNHCR, hosted the virtual academic conference "70 years protecting people forced to flee", from 18-27 January 2021.
The conference brought together practitioners, international organizations and humanitarian actors, civil society and academics to discuss:
The Conference also mobilized support for the Aiming Higher Crowdfunding Campaign: 70 crowdfunded refugee scholarships in commemoration of 70 years of protection.
The Conference demonstrated unique contributions from academia to burden and responsibility sharing, protection and solutions for refugees, as well as how academic research can inform policy making, programme implementation and evidence-based decision-making.
Eleven academic institutions with expertise on forced displacement to co-host twenty expert panels across North and Latin America, Europe, Middle East and North Africa, West and Central Africa, Southern Africa, Asia and Pacific, and East and Horn of Africa & Great Lakes region:
What does protection for the forcibly displaced mean today?
What does “seeking permanent solutions’’ mean today?
Research Priorities in International Protection
Research Priorities on Burden and Responsibility Sharing
Find out more information on the global sessions.