Invitation to Attend UNAI SDGs Workshop “Advancing Refugee Inclusion through the 2030 Agenda”

On the eve of June 20, World Refugee Day, Roya Institute is proud to invite all individuals interested in activities related to advocacy and supporting refugees and sustainable development goals (SDG) to participate in a world-class event: UNAI SDGs Workshop “Advancing refugee inclusion through the 2030 Agenda.”

In the Decade of Action for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),  United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) has developed a series of workshops for capacity-building for universities and colleges around the world. These multilingual workshops provide a space to share best practices and ideas, and enhance skills related to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, while fostering the involvement of institutions of higher education as valuable stakeholders to achieve the Goals. Please see below the details of the next workshop in this series: 


Date: Tuesday, 20 June 2023

Time: 10:00am – 11:30am (EDT/New York)// 4:00pm – 5:30pm (CET/Geneva)

RSVP/Registration form: Click here

Please note that no certificate of attendance or participation will be provided. The recording of the event will be uploaded to our YouTube channel.

Objective and background: This workshop, to be co-hosted with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Global Academic Interdisciplinary NetworK (GAIN) to mark World Refugee Day, will emphasize the contributions of academia in fostering refugee inclusion and advancing the Sustainable Development Goals. UNAI is an initiative that engages institutions of higher education with the United Nations in supporting and contributing to the realization of the Organization’s purposes and principles. UNHCR is a United Nations agency mandated to aid and protect refugees, forcibly displaced communities, and stateless people, and to assist in their voluntary repatriation, local integration or resettlement to a third country. GAIN, established under the auspices of the Global Compact on Refugees, aims to enhance teaching and research on forced displacement, while promoting solidarity with refugee students and scholars.

  • Moderator: 
  • Omar Hernández, Program Manager and Public Information Officer, United Nations Academic Impact
  • Opening remarks:
  • Safak Pavey, Head of the Multi-Stakeholder Engagement Team, Office of the Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Jayashri Wyatt, Chief of the Education Outreach Section, Outreach Division, Department of Global Communications, United Nations Secretariat
  • Panelists:
  • Liliana Lyra Jubilut, Co-Chair of the Global Academic Interdisciplinary Network (GAIN) and Professor and Coordinator of the De Mello Chair at the Catholic University of Santos (Brazil)
  • William Torres Laureano Da Rosa, Senior Protection Assistant, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Gloire Nkialulendo Mvangi, Master in Human Rights from the Federal University of Paraná (Brazil), former De Mello Chair associate and Founder and CEO of Africans Association BOMOKO
  • Wondemagegn Tadesse, Dean of Law School and Sergio Vieira de Mello Chair at the University of Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
  • João Carlos Jarochinski Silva, Director of the Human Sciences Center and Coordinator of the De Mello Chair of the Federal University of Roraima (Brazil)
  • Alpaslan Özerdem, Dean of the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, George Mason University (United States)
  • Name TBC, Refugee student from Afghanistan, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad (Iran)
  • Closing remarks:
  • Geoff Gilbert, Co-Chair, Global Academic Interdisciplinary Network (GAIN) and Professor and De Mello Chair at the University of Essex (United Kingdom)