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The Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) is working together with other Australian NGOs, refugee advocates and academics to advocate at an international level with and on behalf of refugees in Australia and the region.

Each year, representatives from RCOA and other Australian NGOs travel to Geneva to participate in annual consultations between the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and NGOs from around the world.  The consultations provide a forum to network, gather and share information, hear about new policies and best practice, discuss protection gaps and identify joint solutions. Participation in the meeting also provides opportunities for high-level advocacy through side meetings with UNHCR, State delegates and other key players.

You can read about these meetings and the issues that were taken up by Australian NGOs in past years here.

RCOA is seeking feedback from individuals and refugee community groups on current issues of concern for people living in refugee situations overseas, which RCOA should consider raising with UNHCR at the consultations. RCOA is particularly interested in feedback on issues affecting refugee populations in the Asia- Pacific, Middle East and Africa regions.

As the focus of this year’s UNHCR NGO Consultations is on providing input into the Global Compact on Refugees, we welcome feedback on the Global Compact on Refugees Zero Draft.

Submissions should focus on current situations overseas, rather than issues in Australia, as most of the UNHCR personnel RCOA will be meeting do not work on Australian issues.

To download information about how to raise issues that can be taken to the UNHCR-NGO Consultations in June, click the button below.