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25 Jun 2019 description

Your Excellency Vice-President Hilale,

Distinguished delegates,

Monsieur le Vice-President, dear Omar, thank you very much for your opening remarks and for your leadership of the ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment. Thank you also to the President of ECOSOC and the ECOSOC Bureau members for your support. And I also want to thank the co-facilitators for this year’s resolution, Donatirin Sahadatun of Indonesia and Gilles Cerutti of Switzerland, for your work this year.

24 Jun 2019 description

Official TRCs are at full capacity and there is an urgent need to identify locations for new TRCs to-be quickly operationalized.

The security situation in and around the Bira and Miral TRCs continues to be challenging with tensions between nationalities and un-authorized entries.

There is an urgent need for expanded outreach activities and to facilitate access to services for refugees and migrants outside of centres.

KEY INDICATORS

7,500 – 8,500 estimated refugee and migrant population in BiH at the end of May 2019

24 Jun 2019 description

In Numbers

WFP assisted 641,000 people with 6,600 metric tons of food and over US$900,000 in cash transfers to cover food needs in May.

WFP has exceeded 2 million people registered in its digital assistance platform SCOPE.

US$15.34 million is the net funding shortfall for the next six months (June – November 2019).

Operational Updates

23 Jun 2019 description

To date in 2019, 2,320 registered refugees voluntarily returned to Afghanistan, out of which 1,597 returned from Pakistan, 673 from Iran and 52 from other countries. In 2018, 15,699 registered refugees voluntarily returned from neighboring and non-neighboring countries.

132,171 individuals have been displaced by conflict in 2019 and profiled by OCHA as internally displaced persons (IDPs) in need of protection and assistance. In 2018, 343,341 individuals were newly displaced by conflict.

20 Jun 2019 description

BACKGROUND

The Community-Based Protection (CBP) and Urban Outreach Strategy (2017-2019) for refugees in Pakistan was endorsed in July 2017. The overall goal of the strategy is for refugees living in Pakistan to be empowered and their resilient capacity strengthened, enabling them to minimize their exposure to protection risks and improve their overall protection environment, with a special focus on the most vulnerable.

The four key priorities of the strategy covers:

19 Jun 2019 description

203 organizations with the capacity to provide humanitarian services in January, February and March 2019.

19 Jun 2019 description

146 organizations with the capacity to provide humanitarian services in January, February and March 2019.

18 Jun 2019 description

WHY A REGIONAL FOCUS MODEL?

A key challenge faced by humanitarian agencies is how to ensure that limited available resources are allocated where they are most needed and are efficiently delivered in a principled manner. Decisions to allocate resources must strike a balance between meeting the immediate needs of crisis affected communities and supporting efforts to strengthen resilience and response preparedness to future emergencies.

11 Jun 2019 description

Summary

● Participants strongly agreed on the need for a solution to the global coordination debates.
Coordination is not adequately resourced in any of the countries/regions which has a tangible impact on the effectiveness of the CWGs to ensure preparedness, reduce duplication and link humanitarian activities appropriately to the government.

● Some interim solutions include:

o Budgeting the cost for dedicated coordinator and information management support in proposals and HRPs

06 Jun 2019 description

April saw an increased number of refugees and migrants in UnaSana Canton (USC) and in particular of unaccompanied and separated children and families.

Protection outreach efforts have been intensified and a dedicated Working Group established in USC to coordinate protection efforts outside of centres.

Measles, mumps, and rubella, immunization of refugee and migrant children commenced in April, with the support of the WHO, UNICEF, and partners.

Key Indicators

23 May 2019 description

BACKGROUND

The Community-Based Protection (CBP) and Urban Outreach Strategy (2017-2019) for refugees in Pakistan was endorsed in July 2017. The overall goal of the strategy is for refugees living in Pakistan to be empowered and their resilient capacity strengthened, enabling them to minimize their exposure to protection risks and improve their overall protection environment, with a special focus on the most vulnerable.

The four key priorities of the strategy covers:

20 May 2019 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• In April, UNICEF supported national efforts to prevent and address child marriage. Together with the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Services, UNICEF trained more than 600 staff from the Ministry of Interior, who play a key role in the immediate response to child marriage cases.

13 May 2019 description
report Protection Cluster

The new centrality of protection in humanitarian action 2018 review is out. The five country case studies selected for the 2018 GPC Review (Afghanistan, South Sudan, Ukraine, Whole of Syria and Yemen) allow for more context specific reflection and highlight particular issues around accountability, shrinking humanitarian space, localisation and the humanitarian-peace-development nexus. The country studies also highlight innovative practice in overcoming the challenges faced by protection clusters in leading the development and implementation of many protection activities.