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UN High-Level Summit for Refugees and Migrants - September 19th 2016

UN High-Level Summit for Refugees and Migrants - September 19th 2016

The United Nations General Assembly of World Leaders will host a high-level Summit on Refugees and Migrants which will take place in New York on Monday, September 19th 2016.

The aim of the Summit meeting is to bring countries together to discuss and agree a Declaration and an associated Global Compact on Responsibility-Sharing for Refugees - agreeing a more humane and coordinated global approach.

The Declaration to be adopted by World Leaders in New York on September 19th can be found HERE

The Dochas UN Summit briefing document can be found HERE



Ireland's UN Youth Delegates, Samantha O'Brien O'Reilly and Colm O'Rourke will attend the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants at UN Headquarters in New York.


Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, Mr. Charlie Flanagan TD, released the following statement:

This is the first time the General Assembly has called for a Summit at the Heads of State and Government level on the movement of Refugees and Migrants and it 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 the movements of refugees and migrants.

When and where?

It will be an all day event on Monday 19 September 2016 at the UNHQ in New York. 

Who is organising?

The High Level summit is being organised by the President of the General Assembly on behalf of Member States. 

In January 2016, the Secretary-General appointed a Special Adviser, Karen AbuZayd, to work with United Nations entities and undertake consultations with Member States and other relevant stakeholders in the lead up to the Summit. This will include overseeing the Secretary-General’s report on large movements of refugees and migrants, to be submitted to the General Assembly in May 2016.

In February 2016, the President of the General Assembly appointed H.E. Mrs. Dina Kawar, Permanent Representative of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and H.E. Mr. David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland as co-facilitators to lead open, transparent and inclusive consultations with Member States to finalise the organisational arrangements, including on a possible outcome, for the High level summit in September. 


How can you follow the event?

You can follow the Summit - on the day but also the build up to the day via Twitter using the hashtag #UN4RefugeesMigrants

Watching live on September 19th:


Follow Ireland's UN Youth Delegates via Twitter: Samantha: @SamanthaObor  and  Colm: @colmorourke1

NYCI: @nycinews   DFAT: @dfatirl    Irish Aid: @Irish_Aid   Ireland at the UN: @irishmissionun


Learn more: (will be adding to this list over coming weeks)

Youthstats on Globalisation and Migration:

Read Dochas submission to the Joint Foreign Affairs Committee (Irish Parliament): HERE

Making Ireland Home:

Migrant Rights Centre Ireland:

Young, Paperless and Powerful:

Children and Young People (Irish Refugee Council):

Addressing the movement of Migrants and Refugees:

Exploring the Refugee Crisis:

Spotlight on South Sudan:


7 Days in the Jungle:

A Second A Day:

International Youth Day 2013:

All Different All Equal (old doc)

Impossible choices:






Is there a related event on 20 September 2016?

Also on the margins of the General Assembly, on 20 September 2016, the United States President Obama is hosting the Leaders' Summit on Refugees which will appeal to governments to pledge significant new commitments on refugees.  While the Presidential Summit will focus on refugees, not migrants, the General Assembly event will address large movements of both. The two events will complement one another.


More Information...

We will keep you updated on any developments. NYCI's One World Week will focus on the issue of Migration and the Sustainable Development Goals in November (12th - 20th) and a new resource to support engagement on this important issue will be available as too will be a training programme and youth summit. NYCI is also producing some research undertaken in Ireland on the issue of migration and the role for youth organisations and policy makers going forward.  

These are important issues for young people. When thinking about the issue or when using resources on the issue of migration and refugees, use the cartoon below to help the educational and action process...




  • Ireland is to meet its resettlement commitment of 520 refugees ahead of EU deadline
  • A further 260 refugees to be admitted from Lebanon under the resettlement strand of the Irish Refugee Protection Programme (IRPP)
  • Progress made in Relocation of persons from Greece
  • Numbers relocating to Ireland from Greece to ramp up in the coming weeks

More details of Irish plans can be found HERE