The President of Bhutanese Community in The Netherlands (BCN) Mr. Ram Karki has successfully participated in the Global Refugee Forum Workshop organized and facilitated by the Danish Refugee Council on Saturday 31 – Sunday 1st September 2019 in Berlin.
The workshop was organised as a preparation for the forthcoming 1st. Global Refugee Forum to be organised by UNHCR at Geneva on 17-18 December 2019.
Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) which was affirmed by the UN General Assembly on 17 December 2018 that aimed to improve the international response to new and existing refugee situation has its 4 major objectives as:-
- Ease pressure on host countries.
- Enhance refugee self reliance.
- expand access to third country solutions
- Support conditions in countries of origin for return in safety and dignity.
The first Global Refugee Forum that is scheduled for 17-18 December at Geneva is a critical opportunity to build momentum towards achieving the objectives of this new commitment and strengthen global collective response to refugee situations.
At the workshop all the good practices, experiences, lessons learned by the European level refugee led organisations or diaspora organizations were identified with respect to specific country or regional situations, as well as on a global level and shared.
A four member executive body was elected at the end of the workshop to accumulate and make a final report of all the good practices and success stories discussed during the workshop for its final presentation at the GRF in Geneva.
All together 23 very competitive and selective refugees and diaspora leaders representing various communities as well as refugee organisations from all over the European Union countries participated in the said workshop which was funded by UNHCR and organised by Danish Refugee Council.
As the Representative of the Bhutanese refugee community organisations I got an opportunities to introduce Bhutanese refugees issues with the internationally renowned refugees leaders and experts from DRC and UNHCR during the workshop sessions. The issue of political prisoners, statelessness, refugees in the camps, family splitting and other vital issues related to Bhutanese refugees causes were discussed informally on the sidelines.
The difficulties of acquiring citizenship by the Bhutanese Refugees who were resettled in Denmark was one of the issue that was talked with an official from Danish Refugee Council at the sidelines during the lunch. It was agreed to do a follow-up correspondence with the right person at DRC on that issue.