Foundation Ambassador Series: Global Refugee Crisis

Title: Foundation Ambassador Series: Global Refugee Crisis
Description: Date: Wednesday, October 19
Time: 6:00 pm
Cost: Free for members, $15 for guests

The current refugee crisis is the worst in modern history, worse even than that provoked by the Second World War, with a total of 65 million people uprooted. This is due to an accumulation of national crises throughout the world: in the past six years, at least 15 conflicts have begun or reignite, while old crises in Somalia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Colombia continue. These conflicts cause global and local displacement of populations of people.

On September 19 the United Nations General Assembly hosted a high-level summit to address large movements of refugees and migrants, with the aim of bringing countries together behind a more humane and coordinated approach. On September 20, President Obama hosted the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees which will appeal to governments to pledge significant new commitments on refugees.

This is the first time the General Assembly has called for a summit at the Heads of State and Government level on large movements of refugees and migrants. This is a historic opportunity to come up with a blueprint for a better international response. It is a watershed moment to strengthen governance of international migration and a unique opportunity for creating a more responsible, predictable system for responding to large movements of refugees and migrants.

Please join us for this edition of the Columbia University Club Foundation Ambassador Series, in which our special panel of guest ambassadors will speak about the summit, and inform us about the Outcome Document that will be proposed and adopted by the UN General Assembly. They will also provide a focus on how the international community will work to restructure and better organize international migration to work circumstantially within the current realities of global mobility.

Panel Participants

SIMA SAMI BAHOUS, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the United Nations
DAVID DONOGHUE, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations
ASHRAF EL NOUR, Permanent Observer of the International Organization for Migration
Date: 2016-10-19