Launch of the Geneva Global Hub for Education in Emergencies


The Geneva Global Hub for Education in Emergencies is an ambitious commitment towards the realisation of the right to education for crisis-affected and displaced children and youth and comes at a time of unprecedented humanitarian needs. Over half of the world’s forcibly displaced people are children, and nearly 250 million children live in countries affected by conflict; millions more face risks from climate change, disaster, violence and epidemics. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated this situation. We are witnessing a global crisis in which children and youth are at heightened risk of losing years of education.


The urgent need to respond effectively to the education needs of the most vulnerable children and youth is why the co-signatories have pledged at the 2019 Global Refugee Forum to making Geneva a Global Hub for Education in Emergencies. The members will work together towards three main goals:

  • Growing demand for change: The Hub is a catalyst for partners to come together to increase their prevention and response to education needs in emergencies. It will strengthen policy and integrated approaches across the humanitarian, development, migration and peace spectrum to better prioritise and deliver inclusive education in emergencies for crisis-affected children and youth through the increased collaboration of International Geneva actors and beyond, including linking up with other relevant initiatives.
  • Inspiring commitment: Bringing together the Geneva strategic community of committed thought leaders will inspire political will and influence agenda setting so that governments and partners see education as a top priority before, during and after emergencies and in protracted crises.
  • Boosting country-level impact: All children and youth affected by conflict, violence, disaster, epidemics and forced displacement must have their right to a quality education realised. The Hub aims at boosting the country-level impact of education in emergencies preparedness measures and responses through better data, evidence on what works and innovative research and solutions that support the delivery of safe and quality education while building resilient education systems.

Overall, the Hub will be a catalyst to accelerate progress towards SDG 4 in humanitarian settings and help realise the commitments set out in the Global Compact for Refugees.


Education Cannot Wait (ECW), the Global Education Cluster (GEC), the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE), Swiss Confederation, UNICEF, the University of Geneva, UNESCO and UNHCR.

Press release of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs