Event Report: Building Political Will in the Americas

An Opportunity for Global Leadership on Forced Displacement

World Refugee & Migration Council – Aspen Ministers Forum Panel Discussion — January 2021

Watch the full panel discussion on our event page

Domestic and regional actions and policies as well as international peace and security diplomacy are needed to build political will and transform governance to reset the response to forced displacement.

To identify much needed actions for this response, the World Refugee & Migration Council (WRMC) and the Aspen Institute’s Aspen Ministers Forum held a panel discussion with three leaders — former United States Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Former Foreign Minister of Canada and WRMC Chair Lloyd Axworthy and former Foreign Affairs Minister of El Salvador Mayu Brizuela de Ávila. Led by moderator New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, the group discussed domestic and regional actions and policies as well as the international peace and security diplomacy needed to build political will and transform governance to reset the response to forced displacement.

Secretary Albright introduced the session by noting that refugees only leave their homes for places such as the EU, US, and Canada because they cannot remain where they are due to economic situations or the dangers of living there.

The report of the discussion includes a list of suggested political actions that emerged from the event that the WRMC is seeking to pursue through its research and advocacy as we seek to reset the response to forced displacement around the world.