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SIPRI and the UNHCR form knowledge partnership

Fillipo Grandi and Dan Smith sign agreement
UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, and SIPRI Director, Dan Smith, sign a collaboration agreement.

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have today formed a knowledge partnership. Both partners recognize the need for a reliable body of evidence from which innovative policies can be built. Solid research forms a foundation to create sustainable policies to foresee and prevent forced displacement.

A key outcome of the partnership will be research collaboration between both parties. To work towards this outcome, the knowledge partnership will analyse—through the lens of the humanitarian, development and peace nexus—the multiple root causes of forced displacement. 

‘SIPRI’s history is one of careful research and paying close attention to the evidence. On behalf of SIPRI, I am excited to join SIPRI’s fact-based approach to the work of the UNHCR,’ said Dan Smith, SIPRI Director.

Ambassador Jan Eliasson, Chair of the SIPRI Governing Board, who was also present at the signing, remarked that ‘the UNHCR deals with some of the world’s greatest challenges and some of the world’s most vulnerable people. SIPRI also explores urgent issues of peace, security and conflict. I am confident that the partnership between SIPRI and the UNHCR will help create innovative policy solutions.’

To launch the partnership Dan Smith, SIPRI Director, and Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, signed a Collaboration Agreement in central Stockholm.