Refugee Voices: Green Energy for Jobs

Event: A refugee-led panel session moderated by refugee facilitators and the GPA, GIZ, and GRN

Date and Time: 13th December 2021; 12:30-13:30 Geneva Time


According to UNHCR, there are 82.4 million people around the world who have been forcibly displaced from their homes. Individuals fleeing conflict and disaster often find shelter in densely populated and ecologically fragile environments. Within these contexts, refugee voices on sustainable energy solutions and green jobs are often marginalised. To date, refugees and displaced people have been underrepresented in high-level discussions and decision-making spaces on policy and humanitarian activities pertaining to energy. Organisations like the Global Refugee-Led Network (GRN), the Global Platform for Action (GPA) for Sustainable Energy in Displacement Settings, and the GIZ-UNHCR Energy Solutions for Displacement Settings (ESDS) programme are working to challenge and change this. Aiming to change the humanitarian energy system by directly collaborating with refugees and displaced people in energy access delivery, supporting the inclusion of refugees in energy project advisory work, and through developing and promoting meaningful participation mechanisms in decision-making settings. Such work is done with the intention of bridging the gap between high-level discussions and lived realities of displaced people on access to energy.

This event will hear directly from refugees and other displaced people, amplifying their voices within sustainable energy debates and decision-making. Event participants will be asked to engage as active listeners as they hear from our panellists, refugee advocates and displaced entrepreneurs, on their views of energy and its role in their communities. This event will highlight the challenges and opportunities for job creation with the help of renewable energy options and sustainable energy solutions for micro-businesses. Our hope is to convene different stakeholders working within governments, the development, humanitarian, and the energy sectors, to directly hear from displaced people on the role of energy in their lives. This event will focus on what needs to be done to support refugee-led action in sustainable energy activities. As energy sits at the centre of many SDG nexuses, specialists working within SDG3 on health, SDG13 on climate action, and SDG17 on partnerships are encouraged to attend. Stakeholders working within the development, energy and humanitarian sectors are especially welcome at the event to become engaged in refugee-led work on sustainability.  

The event will be held in the margins of the UNHCR High-Level Officials Meeting (HLOM) in December 2021.

Last updated: 17/12/2021

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