BRASILIA, Brazil, September, 2nd, 2014 (UNHCR/ACNUR) – The Cartagena Declaration on Refugees is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. To mark this important date, the V Seminar of the Sergio Vieira de Mello Chair’s theme will be “Cartagena +30 – Perspectives of the Academy.” The annual event will be hosted by the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) on 11th and 12th of September 2014.
The reflections at UFRGS will be about the impact of the Academy on the spirit of the Cartagena Declaration on different countries refuge policies. There will be lectures and roundtables on topics such as the progress and contributions of the Declaration on International Refugee Law, the role of the state in new regional initiatives, the mandate of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the protection of refugees and stateless persons in Latin America.
Among the speakers of the meeting, will be attending the National Secretary of Justice and Chairman of the National Committee for Refugees (CONARE), Paulo Abrão, and the Protection Officer of UNHCR in Brazil, Gabriel Godoy. Refugees were invited to give their perspective on protection environment and challenges. There will also be the presentation of academic work of undergraduate and graduate students in a multidisciplinary proposal of knowledge.
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How to register
There are 300 places and the admission is for free. It will be charged R$ 4.00 for those interested in get certificates.
Cartagena + 30
The Cartagena Declaration on Refugees of 1984 was the result of a great debate played by jurists and experts from governments of various countries in Latin America, focusing on law and humanitarian issues that affect people in situations of refuge, forced displacement and statelessness on the region.
The declaration expanded the 1951 UN Convention’s refugee definition, related to the Status of Refugees, and was soon adopted by the organization and incorporated into the legislation of some 15 countries.
A huge achievement on refuge and displacement issues on Latin America, Cartagena Declaration enables governments, organizations and civil society to access a strategic perspective on urgent matters renewed from time to time.
In December this year, Brazil will be hosting Cartagena +30 Conference, in Brasília. The ministerial meeting will bring together representatives from across Latin America to analyze contemporary challenges and adopt a new Declaration and Action Plan in which perspectives and measures will be listed for the next 10 years on the refuge issue, internal displacement and statelessness.
The current demand for refuge in Brazil and the country on the spot as migratory destination – there are almost seven thousand refugees from 80 different nationalities living in Brazil – turn the debate especially relevant.
The Sergio Vieira de Mello Chair
Created in 2003 to promote the academic debate and actions on refuge and forced displacement issues throughout Latin America, the Sergio Vieira de Mello Chair holds annual meetings and aims to fix the subject in the academy and the general public interest, seeking to establish a commitment to practices that results in an improvement of the condition of vulnerable displaced populations. It also aims to increase visibility and reflection on the questions related to refugee and displacement.