Australian lawyer Ellen Hansen is instrumental in drafting the global compact on refugees due to be presented, and hopefully adopted, at the UN General Assembly in New York this month.
The compact is a ‘loose form of agreement that’s not legally binding but has a lot of political weight behind it’.
Last year record numbers of people around the world were forcibly displaced. The figures are staggering. One in 110 people are currently displaced; 44,400 fleeing their homes due to persecution, conflict or violence every day; a total of 68.5 million displaced individuals, half of which are children.
The compact offers a new and far more comprehensive approach to encourage countries to look at providing support as a global public good, so that everyone does more to build a system that is beneficial both for refugees and the countries hosting them.
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