Every year, the Global Protection Cluster (GPC) organises its Global Protection Forum to convene its field coordinators, partners, and key stakeholders to discuss contemporary and emerging protection challenges, review the strategic direction of the Protection Cluster, and plan activities to be undertaken for the upcoming year to ensure centrality and mainstreaming of protection at global and field levels.
The programme of the Global Protection Forum includes the following elements:
1. The Technical Segment (28 March - 29 April): This year, the GPC opted for a modality of regional workshops in Istanbul, Dakar, Panama City and Nairobi, each over the course of five days. The regional forums were operationally oriented and provided opportunities for field coordination teams to engage and exchange on a range of protection priorities, technical development, and standards. Overall, 267 participants joined the four forums, including Global, National and Sub-national Coordinators, Co-coordinators, and Information Management Officers (IMO) from 34 operations and coordination hubs, AoRs Global Coordinators, colleagues from UNHCR regional bureaux and from regional Protection Working Groups, Global Coordinators of other Clusters, and donors. Read the Technical Forum report.
2. The Mid-Year Event ‘Protection funding: Where do we stand mid-year 2022? A spotlight on operational access for protection’ (21 June): The GPC launched the Global Protection Cluster’s Mid-Year Protection Funding Review, a report which presents tangible findings into protection resources at mid-year point, featuring data on protection funding directly from the partners of National Protection Clusters and Area of Responsibilities in 32 operations. This allowed for a more detailed analysis on these countries aimed at reviewing the funding level of the protection sector in 2022 against the requirements put forward in the Global Humanitarian Overview 2021 and draw attention to underfunded operations or specialized protection areas. Read the Protection Funding Review.
3. The Thematic Segment (24 - 28 October): This series of webinars and events on current topics and emerging issues in collaboration with a range of protection allies and partners is dedicated to the broader constituency of the GPC. It presents an opportunity to showcase frontline work, review the new direction, hear from local voices, and engage with donors. The theme Access that Protects will be covered through a series of ten sessions organised by key partners, as well as an Opening Ceremony to launch the week. Read the Thematic Forum Report.