Action Platform

Business for Humanitarian Action and Peace

Over 65 million people (or one in 113 people globally) have fled their home because of conflict and persecution—a number that has quadrupled in the past decade. Sixty per cent of these are internally displaced persons (IDPs). Moreover, the number of international migrants has grown at a more rapid pace than growth of the world’s population as a whole. The most vulnerable—women, children and people with disabilities—are also the most severely affected.

The scale, complexity, duration and recurring nature of today’s crises can only be solved through systemic approaches that call for determination, collaboration, investments and innovation. Businesses have the knowledge and experience that affords them the opportunity to provide innovative solutions to address many underlying drivers of conflicts and instability, but also to respond to the needs of people who have been forced to flee their homes.

On 19 September 2016, the UN General Assembly adopted a set of commitments known as the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants. The Declaration specifically calls on the private sector to support the implementation of the commitments, and contribute to the processes and preparations for the adoption of a global compact on refugees and a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration in 2018.

Responding to this call and building on the Business Action Pledge in Response to the Refugee Crisis (launched in 2015 by the UN Global Compact and UN High Commissioner for Refugees), the Business Action for Humanitarian Needs Platform will build a global coalition of businesses, UN entities, governments, civil society and academia to identify and deliver sustainable solutions that will ensure vulnerable migrants, refugees and IDPs are treated with dignity and afforded the opportunity to live in prosperity. Activities and partnerships forged will address four areas identified as the most pressing issues faced by people on the move, as well as where businesses can have significant impact: fulfilling basic human needs, providing education, creating employment opportunities and participating in advocacy and public policy engagement. All activities will be aligned with and support the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants.

Expected outcomes

  1. A global business framework which highlights the most effective and innovative ways to address the needs of people fleeing conflict, i.e. basic human needs, education, employment and advocacy/public policy. Consideration will be given to sectoral and geographic differences.
  2. A global advocacy effort to promote the role of businesses in supporting vulnerable refugees, migrants and IDPs and showcase leading practices at key UN events.
  3. An online mapping of global organizations/initiatives to enable businesses to navigate, examine and leverage existing opportunities to support forcibly displaced people.
  4. The facilitation of partnerships between companies, Local Networks, UN entities and other stakeholders to design and deliver new local solutions or scale-up existing solutions to address the needs of vulnerable people.

Benefits of engaging

  • Gain insights on the humanitarian landscape, the most pressing needs people on the move face and the opportunities for private sector engagement
  • Connect and explore new partnerships with thought leaders representing companies, UN entities, Global Compact Local Networks, academia and other partners at the forefront of humanitarian action
  • Learn effective ways to support people fleeing conflict while further integrating sustainable development into business operations
  • Contribute to the identification, design and delivery of sustainable solutions that empower vulnerable migrants, refugees and IDPs, and support the implementation of a global process as laid out in the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants

Activities and Events

  • 14 March: Online consultation for interested stakeholders
  • 27 April: Making Global Goals Local Business – India

Final Consultation on the Business Action for Humanitarian Needs Action Platform

  • September: UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2017, New York

Launch of the Business Action for Humanitarian Needs Action Platform

Expected outcomes (and other aspects) of this action platform may vary consistent with feedback obtained from our stakeholders during the course of the consultation process.

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