Geneva, Switzerland (December, 2023) – Mayors and leaders from across the globe will convene in Geneva, Switzerland, for the United Nations 2023 Global Refugee Forum (GRF), occurring December 13-15, 2023, at the Palexpo Convention Center in Geneva, Switzerland.
Five years from the adoption of the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR), UN Member States will meet at the GRF to assess the progress they have made to achieve this landmark agreement and to advance joint action towards refugee protection and inclusion. Cities will have a key opportunity to showcase their leadership in welcoming and including refugees and displaced populations, provide recommendations for more efficient solutions, and gain visibility by meeting with high-level UN, government, and donor representatives. The Mayors Migration Council (MMC) and partners will mobilize a delegation of local government leaders to participate in GRF activities and will elevate city pledges through the Call to Local Action for Migrants and Refugees.
Over the course of the week, mayors will participate in official GRF sessions and side events to share their policy expertise and on-the-ground experience with national governments as they advance joint action to make the Global Compact a reality. On December 15, the MMC Leadership Board of Mayors will hold its Annual Event to set key priorities for 2024 and discuss future growth for the organization. The mayoral delegation will also engage in private meetings with high-level UN, government, and donor representatives, press briefings, and other opportunities to highlight city-led solutions.
More details on GRF programming are available here.