Lecture: Udo Janz, 'Contemporary Refugee Challenges'

Places are still available for the keynote lecture by Udo Janz, former director of UNHCR New York, who will close the public symposium on Refugees and Asylum on 28 September 2018

Udo Janz

At the end of 2017 some 68.5 million people were forcibly displaced worldwide including a record number of refugees having fled persecution, conflict, or generalized violence—the highest number since WWII. No other group of people better illustrate the continued relevance of President Roosevelt’s famous ‘four freedoms,’ as these goals remain but distant, unachievable dreams for most of these people, and ultimately led them to leave their homes for an uncertain future elsewhere.

Udo Janz will seek to shed light on the drivers of these refugee movements and outline what solutions may need to be enhanced to assist governments to live up to the letter and spirit of relevant international conventions.  He is a renowned expert and senior advisor on peace mediation and resolution, refugees, human rights, and humanitarian affairs. He served until mid-2015 as Director of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in New York and concurrently as a member of UNHCR’s Senior Management Committee, for which he represented the High Commissioner at the United Nations.

The lecture will begin at 3 pm and will take place at the Auditorium (Filmzaal) at the Provinciehuis, Abdij 9 Middelburg. Please register by sending an email to rias@zeeland.nl. For more information, please consult the invitation in PDF form.