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CARE Canada Virtual Media Briefing: Canada’s Opportunity for Refugees

On September 19th and 20th, world leaders will gather in New York for two major summits on the global refugee crisis.

The first will focus on the large movements of refugees and migration within the context of the UN General Assembly, and the next day President Obama will host a summit at which world leaders have been invited to pledge increased support for refugees.

These high-level meetings will see the beginning of a process for developing a Global Compact on Refugees, and a Global Compact on Migrants to be adopted in 2018, the first of its kind. This collective international effort to strengthen refugee protection and assistance is more critical than ever.

The Government of Canada has shown leadership over the last year on the issue of refugees and displaced people, not least in their commitment to resettle some 25,000 Syrian refugees. But it’s clear we need to do more, both in terms of resettlement and global refugee policy.

As co-host of President Obama’s Leaders’ Summit on Refugees, what support can Canada provide to meet this global challenge?

In advance of these discussions, CARE Canada will host a media briefing to discuss the role Canada can play alongside a field perspective from Jordan, which is currently hosting more than 655,000 Syrian refugees.

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016

Time: 9:15 a.m.

Format: Short briefing for attribution followed by Q&A. Additional interviews available on request.

Speakers:

  • Ottawa: Jessie Thomson, senior director, CARE Canada Humanitarian Assistance and Emergency Team
  • Amman, Jordan: Maher Qubbaj, program director, Urban Protection Response Program for CARE International Jordan

For login information and to confirm your attendance, contact:

Darcy Knoll
Communications Specialist | CARE Canada
darcy.knoll@care.ca | +1.613.228.5641

About CARE’s Work with Displaced People

CARE has a proud history supporting displaced people, which started after the Second World War when the organization provided CARE Packages to European families in need. More than 70 years later, CARE is a leader in international humanitarian response, helping millions of women, men and children during crisis and disaster. This includes supporting families forced to flee their homes in search of safety, as well as supporting the communities that take in refugees.

CARE currently is helping internally displaced people, refugees and host communities in several countries worldwide. This includes countries in the Middle East affected by the Syria crisis, Chad, Niger, and Kenya. CARE is also active in the Balkans and Greece to aid displaced people.