By Joseph Nhan-O’Reilly on behalf of a coalition of organisations working to support education for refugees including the Initiative on Child Rights in the Global Compacts, a coalition of 30 UN, civil society and philanthropic organisations that are working to ensure that children’s rights are promoted in the two global compacts on migrants and refugees.
On September 19, 2016 the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants. The Declaration was hailed as the foundation of a new approach by the international community to large movements of refugees and migrants, as well as to protracted refugee situations.
It sets out a Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF), with specific actions needed to ease pressure on host countries, enhance refugee self-reliance, expand access to third-country solutions, and support conditions in countries of origin for return in safety and dignity.
In adopting the Declaration, UN member states also called on UNHCR to develop a Global Compact on Refugees. The Compact will combine the CRRF with a Programme of Action that sets out actions for both Member States and others to ensure the full implementation of the promises made in the Declaration.
Consultations on the Programme of Action begin again this week in Geneva and will focus on measures to help meet the needs of refugees and host communities, including to education.