ACSG Dialogue Platform
The Asylum Capacity Support Group Dialogue Platform is a virtual space for all States and stakeholders involved in strengthening national asylum systems. The Dialogue Platform will facilitate relationship-building among States and diverse stakeholders to achieve the ACSG’s objectives of providing asylum capacity support and exchanging knowledge and expertise in order to address the challenges faced by asylum systems globally.
The platform will consist of regular global meetings, thematic events and activities focused on four interconnected workstreams that will further these objectives.
Mobilize asylum capacity pledges for the Global Refugee Forum
The Global Refugee Forum 2023 relies on pledges and commitments by States and diverse stakeholders to advance the objectives of the Global Compact on Refugees. The dialogue platform will support States and stakeholders with the preparations for Global Refugee Forum, including on pledge formulation.
Expand engagement on asylum capacity support
The dialogue platform will focus on the implementation of the 2019 Global Refugee Forum pledges and commitments by seeking support and expertise from stakeholders providing asylum capacity support outside the support pledges made.
Enhance technical expertise on asylum capacity strengthening
Exchange of knowledge and expertise is a core aspect of the ACSG’s work. Such exchange has been implemented by convening global-level discussions on topics related to asylum capacity.
Develop UNHCR’s strategy on Asylum Capacity Development
UNHCR is seeking valuable inputs from various stakeholders for its efforts to develop a strategy for strengthening asylum systems. The dialogue platform provides a framework for consultation with States and diverse stakeholders to contribute towards the development and implementation of the strategy.
First meeting of the ACSG Dialogue Platform
The ACSG Dialogue Platform held its first meeting in March 2023 bringing together participants representing States and diverse stakeholer groups. The meeting provided an introduction to the dialogue platform and its four workstreams, allowing participants to gain a better understanding of its objectives. It also facilitated sharing of experiences related to the workstreams and enabled States and stakeholders to express their interest in actively participating.
Regional organizations, processes and platforms
This page provides a non-exhaustive list of different entities and platforms engaged in strengthening asylum systems at a regional level and beyond.
To feature regional asylum capacity initiatives in this section, write to the ACSG Secretariat at [email protected]
The East African Community (EAC) is a regional intergovernmental organization comprised of seven partner States. Among its many objectives, the EAC together with UNHCR, provides support to partner States in enhancing their asylum capacity and promotes for the harmonized management of refugee affairs within the region.
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is a regional intergovernmental organization in West Africa made up of fifteen member countries. ECOWAS works towards several objectives, including the harmonization and coordination of national policies, and pursues the protection of human and peoples’ rights in accordance with the provisions of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, which includes the right to seek asylum.
The European Union Agency for Asylum (EUAA) supports EU Member States in applying the Common European Asylum System (CEAS). The Agency provides training, information, and operational and technical assistance to EU Member States, aims to foster convergence of asylum practices across EU Member States and as of 31 December 2023 will be tasked with monitoring the implementation of the CEAS. In a limited capacity and in line with its External Cooperation Strategy, EUAA also supports the alignment of EU candidate and potential candidate countries to the CEAS and assists other selected countries outside the EU in enhancing their asylum and reception systems and hence their protection space.
The MIRPS promotes greater responsibility sharing to address forced displacement in Central America and Mexico. Through regional cooperation, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Panama are strengthening protection responses and durable solutions, including national asylum procedures. The MIRPS Support Platform was set up to further bolster the efforts of MIRPS countries seeking to mobilize technical, material, and financial support from the widest possible range of stakeholders.
The Quito Process, involving 14 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, serves as a technical consultative process to respond to the protection and assistance needs of Venezuelan refugees and migrants in the region. The process, currently led by Chile (2023), is aimed at facilitating the exchange of information and good practices, serving as an instance of dialogue for the adoption of public policies and protection responses, building coherence in State practice. The Process includes a special thematic axis dedicated to Asylum and the International Protection of Refugees, which is led by Brazil.
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is a regional intergovernmental organization in Southern Africa. SADC together with UNHCR, has spearheaded a Joint Action Plan which seeks to improve asylum systems, reduce backlog, and provide capacity support and comprehensive solutions in Southern Africa region.
A digital platform dedicated to strengthening asylum systems in the Americas region. Managed by UNHCR’s Bureau for the Americas, this platform serves as a space for exchanging information, sharing tools, and promoting best practices related to the strengthening of asylum systems in the region. Visit the digital platform.
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