How UNHCR will make a difference
In 2022, the legal and policy framework for forcibly displaced and stateless people was not broadly aligned with international standards in more than 40% of countries where UNHCR operations reported data. In 2024, UNHCR will be monitoring the legal and policy frameworks of 165 countries, and in many instances it will be actively advocating for a strengthening of those frameworks.
UNHCR will use a variety of legal, policy and diplomatic tools to strengthen laws and policies. It will press for effective implementation of the Global Compact on Refugees across all legal and policy areas, including access to territory, respect for the principles of non-refoulement and responsibility-sharing and access to socio-economic rights. UNHCR will advocate for tremoval of gender discriminatory provisions and introduction of safeguards to prevent statelessness in nationality laws, and for improved legal and policy frameworks to grant nationality to stateless persons.
UNHCR will develop a global online platform to map and analyse laws and policies that drive access to rights for refugees, asylum-seekers, and internally displaced and stateless persons.
UNHCR will advise and assist States on the interpretation and application of international instruments relevant to the protection of refugees, stateless persons and internally displaced persons and prevention of statelessness. This is done in all parts of the world and has in the past resulted in progressive case law and the adoption of strong and inclusive legislation. UNHCR will provide legal interpretative guidance on international normative standards and engage with legislative, policy and judicial actors and processes. Maintaining dialogue with governments at different levels, and with national, regional and UN human rights institutions, civil society, academia, multilateral and bilateral development partners, UN country teams and other partners, on law and policy frameworks advances understanding of legal standards and ensures access to rights and solutions.