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Mobilizing a Global Response | Acting on the report by the Hon. Bob Rae, Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of Canada on Humanitarian and Refugee Issues

October 1, 2020 at 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM


In August 2020, the Honourable Bob Rae released his report on Canada’s role in mobilizing a global response to the enormous global challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the specific challenges faced by the international refugee system, which long predate the pandemic. The report makes clear and bold recommendations on integrating refugee responses into Canada’s foreign policy, placing a greater emphasis on the role of local actors and refugee-led organizations in securing protection and solutions for refugees, and reinvigorating the governance of the international refugee system to mobilize more effective and reliable collective action. This webinar will draw on the perspective and experience of partners who are on the cutting-edge of these responses to discuss the significance of the report’s recommendation and how we can move from idea to implementation and mobilize a global response.

  • Ambassador Bob Rae, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations (UN) in New York
  • Mustafa Alio, Co-Chair of the Refugee Advisory Network, and Co-Founder, Jumpstart Refugee Talent (Toronto, Canada)
  • Maha Shuayb, Director, Centre for Lebanese Studies, Lebanese American University, and education specialist
  • Linda Oucho, Executive Director, the African Migration and Development Policy Centre (Nairobi, Kenya)
  • Gregory Maniatis, Director of the International Migration Initiative, Open Society Foundations


  • James Milner, Director, Local Engagement Refugee Research Network (LERRN)
  • Arjan de Haan, Director, Inclusive Economies, International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

This is the first in a series of webinars co-hosted by LERRN and IDRC. These monthly seminars will address several dimensions of forced displacement, with an emphasis on the perspectives of partners closest to the issues being discussed. Follow us here to learn more.

More about the project:

LERRN is the Local Engagement Refugee Research Network. We are a team of researchers and practitioners committed to promoting protection and solutions with and for refugees. Our goal is to ensure that refugee research, policy and practice are shaped by a more inclusive, equitable and informed collective engagement of civil society.

Part of Canada’s foreign affairs and development efforts, IDRC invests in knowledge, innovation, and solutions to improve the lives of people in the developing world. Bringing together the right partners around opportunities for impact, IDRC builds leaders for today and tomorrow and helps drive change for those who need it most.