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By Stella Fatime in Toko Kota, Central African Republic  |  12 October 2020

Around the world, many refugees, internally displaced persons, and stateless people have been deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and they have joined their host communities to support prevention and response efforts.

From providing help to vulnerable people, countering misinformation, volunteering in the medical response, or advocating for access to health services, refugees have stepped up and contributed, showing solidarity and leadership.

In the virtual opening session of this year’s High Commissioner Dialogue on Protection Challenges, the High Commissioner will discuss these contributions with an inspiring group of five refugees and a Sustainable Development Goal advocate who are engaged in the response to the pandemic.

They will share their experiences and discuss the protection and resilience challenges posed by the pandemic, solutions that can help us build back better, and lessons learned that could help us to confront other global challenges, such as displacement related to climate change and disasters. These exchanges and testimonies will set the stage for the discussions in the virtual sessions to follow.  

Register to the opening session (This event is by invitation only)

To submit a question for the speakers or a written statement in advance of this session, please send an e-mail to [email protected], adding the name of the session in the subject line.  

Speakers for the opening session

  • Mr. Shadi Shhaded
  • Mr. Barthelemy Mwanza Ngane
  • Dr. Carmen Parra

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