Refugees, Asylum-seekers, Internally Displaced
Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by all UN Member States.
Reducing inequality is the tenth of the 17 goals, with the promise of safe migration included in SDG Target 10.7. Reducing inequality and ensuring no one is left behind are integral to Agenda 2030.
The Global Compact
States have committed and assumed obligations to address multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination against refugees, internally displaced persons, asylum seekers, returnees and stateless persons. The Global Compact on Refugees places ending discrimination of any kind based on the grounds of race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth, disability, age, or other status at the centre of action to prevent displacement and to ensure peaceful coexistence between refugee and host communities.
Spotlight: Barbara Hendricks
UNHCR’s longest-serving Goodwill Ambassador – and world-renowned classical singer – describes her most memorable encounters during nearly 35 years working with forcibly displaced people.
UNHCR guidance and efforts
The UN Refugee agency (UNHCR) has issued guidance on addressing racism and xenophobia, providing practical examples and best practices for its operations around the world.
UNHCR’s efforts to address and respond to racism and racial discrimination focus on the following priorities:
UN Exhibition: One Day I Will
"These children are like children everywhere – they dream of becoming a teacher, a doctor, a lawyer, an engineer. The difference is that most of them are forcibly displaced and struggling simply to stay safe and survive." - UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina J. MohamedUN Exhibits/©Vincent Tremeau
Where are we?
"Over the past year, we’ve witnessed the deadly impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. But the scourge of racism has also devastated many lives with tragic consequences.
Violent and deadly attacks against Black, Brown, Asian and Indigenous people, toxic language, and daily and sustained racially charged acts have rightly forced painful - but necessary - conversations to re-examine prejudice, privilege, the way we view the world, and most importantly how we act.
We must take this opportunity to work towards a world that is not just against racism, but is actively anti-racist.
As the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, I have seen first hand how racism and racial discrimination are a root cause of persecution and displacement. Actively combatting racism and racial discrimination can and will help prevent this. It will also reduce the dangerous discrimination and stigmatization that all too often confronts refugees in their countries of asylum."