WELLINGTON: The UN's global compact on refugees - part of the solution in Mauritania
Thursday, 27 February 2020 5:40pm - 6:40pm
RHLT1, Rutherford House, Victoria University, 23 Lambton Quay, Wellington

SPEAKER: Fadela Novak-Irons

The Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) was affirmed in December 2018 by the UNGA after two years of extensive consultations led by UNHCR. It is touted as providing a framework for more predictable and equitable responsibility-sharing, recognizing that a sustainable solution to refugee situations cannot be achieved without international cooperation. The GCR also provides a blueprint to ensure that host communities get the support they need and that refugees can lead productive lives. But how is it working in practice in a country like Mauritania, one of the world’s poorest, sited between North and West Africa, in the Sahel region, and vulnerable to the deteriorating security situation in some of its neighbours?

Fadela Novak-Irons, UNHCR’s Deputy Representative Mauritania, will talk about the New Way Working following the Grand Bargain and the GCR, using the country as an example. This would include outlining strategic partnerships formed between UNHCR and the World Bank, the International Labour Organisation and other bilateral and multilateral development actors.

Fadela Novak-Irons is Deputy Director for the United Nations High Commissioner (UNHCR) in Mauritania. Since September 2018, Fadela has been based in Nouakchott as UNHCR’s Deputy Representative for Mauritania where she has leads its engagements and programmes at the humanitarian-development nexus.