Forced displacement owing to conflict, violence and persecution continues to rise, with the number of people of concern to UNHCR increasing. The Global Appeal 2020-2021 presents the proposed budgets for the 2020-2021 biennium and provides information on the objectives and financial resources that will be required for UNHCR’s programmes to bring about protection and lifesaving assistance, safeguard fundamental human rights and seek comprehensive solutions to the plights of tens of millions of refugees, internally displaced people, returnees, stateless persons, and other people of concern.

Over the year, with the support of host countries, committed donors, and other partners, UNHCR will work to provide lifesaving support, safeguard fundamental rights and build better futures for millions of refugees, returnees, internally displaced people and stateless persons.

Safeguarding rights

Lifesaving support

Building better futures

Transformative initiatives

The coming year will see a range of initiatives and commitments as UNHCR transforms itself to better respond to the needs of people of concern. It includes strengthened, more decisive, more predictable, and more efficient engagement in internal displacement.

The first Global Refugee Forum, to be held on 17-18 December 2019, will be a critical opportunity to build momentum towards achieving the objectives of the Global Compact on Refugees.

And chief among these transformative initiatives is a wide-ranging decentralization and regionalization process, which includes the relocation of regional bureaux from Headquarters to their respective regions; the consolidation of a number of existing regional structures into the seven new and re-profiled regional bureaux; and the strengthening of country operations.

East and Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes
West and Central Africa
Southern Africa
The Americas
Asia and the Pacific
Middle East and North Africa

"Tackling forced displacement and its complex root causes—from providing lifesaving support, to safeguarding fundamental rights, and to building better futures—calls for a bigger, broader ambition than we have recently managed. This was the vision which shaped the development of the Global Compact on Refugees, and which is driving the application of the new comprehensive refugee response model. The Compact will be central to UNHCR’s work, together with our partners, in the coming biennium."

- Filippo Grandi, High Commissioner for Refugees

Learn more about how UNHCR's work in 2020 will impact the lives of millions asylum-seekers, refugees, returnees, internally displaced and stateless persons by reading UNHCR's Global Appeal 2020-2021 or visiting the Global Focus website.