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Opening Plenary - Global Refugee Forum
17 Dec 2019 -  Opening Plenary
Welcoming remarks
· H.E. Mr. Ignazio Cassis, Federal Councillor, Swiss Confederation
· Mr. Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees


Statement by Mr. António Guterres, United Nations Secretary General

Statements by co-convenors
· His Excellency Mr. Carlos Alvarado Quesada, President of Costa Rica
· His Excellency Mr. Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan
· His Excellency Mr. Demeke Mekonnen, Deputy Prime Minister of Ethiopia
· His Excellency Mr. Heiko Maas, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany
· His Excellency Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey

Opening and moderation: Ms. Aya Mohammed Abdullah, Alumni, Global Youth Advisory Council Development Banks
· Mr. Axel van Trostenburg, Managing Director of Operations, The World Bank Group
· Mr. Antoni Estevadeordal, Special Advisor and Head of the Migration Initiative, Inter-American Development Bank

Private Sector
· Mr. Tolga Öncü, Retail Operations Manager, Ingka Group
· Mr. Joakim Reiter, External Affairs Director, Vodafone Group
· Mr. John Goodwin, Chief Executive Officer, LEGO Foundation
· His Excellency Sheikh Khalifa bin Thani bin Abdullah Al-Thani, Trustee, Thani Bin Abdullah Bin Thani Al-Thani Humanitarian Fund

· Mr. Thomas Bach, President, International Olympic Committee
· Ms. Julia Mayerhofer, Co-Director of PILnet's office in Hong Kong, the Global Network for Public Interest Law (PILnet)