Summit for Refugees and Forced Migrants.

Playlist of UN Videos from Summit featuring refugees, migrants and NGOs speaking at the Opening Ceremony and six Roundtable Dialogues

Program included:

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Ms. Yusra Mardini, 18 year-old Syrian refugee now living in Germany, who swam for 3 hours in the Aegean Sea to push a boat to shore with 20 other refugees on board, and then became a swimmer as part of the Olympic Refugee Team.

Ms. Muzoon Almellehan, 17 year-old Syrian refugee who lived in Za’atari and Azraq refugee camps in Jordan, and is now a campaigner with the Malala Fund to call on governments to support the education of refugee children.

Via video: Lana (pseudonym), 11 year-old Syrian refugee living in Jordan who shared her dream to attend school via video sent by Save the Children to UN-NGLS in July.

Ms. Megan Smith, United States Chief Technology Officer

Ms. Kelly Clements, Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees


Moderator: Ms. Susan Alzner, Head of UN-NGLS NY

Dialogue Moderators:


H.E. Ambassador David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations

Ms. Michele Klein Solomon, Senior Policy Advisor to the Director General of the International Organization for Migration

Member State speakers

H.E. Mr. Joe McHugh, Minister of State for the Diaspora and Overseas Development Aid, Ireland

H.E. Ambassador Martin Shearman, Ambassador of Development and Human Rights, Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom to the United Nations

Ms. Catherine Wiesner, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, United States Department of State


Refugee and migrant speakers:

Winnie Byanyima – Oxfam, Salim Youssef Salama – Palestinian League for Human Rights, Syria, Oscar Chacon – Alianza Americas, Zrinka Bralo – Migrants Organise, Sabah Hallak – Syrian League for Citizenship, Mina Jaf – Women Refugee Route, Dolores De Rico – Canadian Council for Refugees, Sarah Mardini – She is Syria, Maria Alabdeh – Women Now for Development Syria, Zaynab Ali Abdi – Malala Fund, Anoyara Khatun – Save the Children, Luis Canales – Center for Migration Studies, Hadia Zarzou – Syrian Community Network, Deborah Valencia – DIWATA and Melissa, Greece, Colin Rajah – Migrants Rights International, Global Coalition on Migration, Eni Lestari – International Migrants Alliance, Women’s Regional Network Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, Nwe Oo – Women’s League of Burma


Closing remarks: H.E. Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, President of the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

Watch this dialogue between UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson and Ms. Eni Lestari of International Migrants Alliance, which took place in the UNGA SDG Media Zone on 19 September: