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An important step was taken this week in New York, where the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) was adopted by the Third Committee of the General Assembly. The GCR was developed over an 18-month consultation period that involved a variety of stakeholders, including member states, UNHCR, and non-state actors such as ACT Alliance and its members. Refugees and host communities around the world are now looking towards all of us to make the Compact a reality.
Last month, the inter-faith community gathered in New York at the Church Centre of the United Nations Plaza to discuss the implementation of the Global Compact on Refugees. The event was organised by ACT Alliance, Catholic Relief Services, Islamic Relief Worldwide and the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA.
October 16, 2018 – This week a diverse group of organisations have come together for a forum at the Jesuit Curia in Rome where they will discuss how faith leaders can work together to end violence against children on the move.
According to UNICEF more than 28 million children around the world have been forced to flee their homes because of violence and conflict, and the violence they experience is the catalyst for the Faith Action for Children on the Move; Global Partners Forum, October 16-18. Ahead of the event, the 14 organising partners said:
Aspectos humanitarios DESTACADOS
El 2017 marcó el año de transición entre el viejo Mecanismo Humanitario de Respuesta de ACT y el Mecanismo Humanitario Revisado.
El Mecanismo Humanitario Revisado tiene como objetivo posibilitar una respuesta más efectiva en toda la Alianza en momentos de crisis. Las revisiones incluyen:
Reemplazar los “llamamientos preliminares” por “notas conceptuales”.
Un empuje a la programación conjunta de llamamientos entre los Foros de ACT.
TEMPS FORTS de l’action humanitaire
En 2017, l’ancien Mécanisme d’intervention humanitaire de l’Alliance ACT a été remplacé par le Mécanisme d’intervention humanitaire révisé.
Le Mécanisme d’intervention humanitaire révisé a pour objectif de permettre une réponse plus efficace à l’échelle de l’Alliance en temps de crise. Les révisions comprennent:
La substitution de «Notes de cadrage» aux «Appels préliminaires».
La promotion d’une programmation conjointe des Appels entre les forums d’ACT.
2017 marked the year of transition between the old ACT Humanitarian Response Mechanism and the revised Humanitarian Mechanism.
The revised Humanitarian Mechanism aims to enable a more effective alliance-wide response in times of crisis. The revisions include:
Replacing “Preliminary Appeals” with “Concept Notes”.
A push for joint Appeal programming among ACT Forums.
Forum-led decision-making and directing contributions as unallocated funds where possible.
57 leaders of faith and religious organisations, groups and communities, call for national governments and their leaders to ensure that internally displaced people get the help they need
The ACT Program Manager for Migration & Displacement, Christian Wolff, read the joint NGO statement below at the final round of formal consultations for the Global Compact on Refugees in Geneva.
Eighteen months ago, we embarked on a multi-stakeholder process to transform the way we address large-scale movements and protracted situations. Much effort went into defining a collective vision for a world, where those forced to flee can enjoy protection and fundamental rights, and where host States can count on international solidarity.
3-6 July, 2018, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
In the face of the “Zero-tolerance” Immigration Policy of the United States Government, the ACT Forums of El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala:
“We have heard about what happens when floods hit developed countries, they quickly rebuild and life continues. But when floods hit in countries like Uganda as is happening right now, you can’t imagine how long it takes for us to get things back to normal,” said Edith Kateme-Kasajja, climate finance negotiator from Uganda and negotiator of the Least Developed Country Group during the ACT Alliance side event at the Climate Conference in Bonn.
Closing sessions in Plenary at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn. Credit: Joanna Patouris/ACT
The climate change negotiations in Bonn are wrapping up today with little progress made on developing the guidelines for the implementation of the Paris Agreement. The window for the negotiation of an ambitious outcome at COP24 is quickly narrowing, with little time left between now and December to finalize the process.
Church World Service (CWS) worked with communities in Tana River, Baringo and West Pokot counties in Kenya to implement Cash for Work (CfW) projects in response to the 2017 drought emergency. This guide documents best practices and lessons learnt to guide and provide field facilitators as well as other interested actors in the development and humanitarian aid sector, with ideas for designing appropriate strategies and actions for CfW programming. Suggested tools for use during the implementation of a CfW programme have been provided as annexes.
The Commission on Population and Development convened governments, UN agencies, civil society actors, and others to its 51st Session (CPD51) in New York from April 9- 13th. The theme of this year’s Commission was “Sustainable cities, human mobility and international migration”.
Climate change threatens sustainable development and puts poor people at high risks
Brussels, February 28, 2018: We, the undersigned civil society and UN organizations, are concerned by proposals now under consideration as part of the ongoing reform of the Common European Asylum System which would allow the use of coercion to take the fingerprints and facial images of children. The new EURODAC proposal being considered by the European Commission, Council and Parliament expands the purpose of the current database of asylum applicants to facilitate the identification of “irregularly staying third country nationals” through the use of biometric data.
Total Appeal Target: $2,983,403.
7th March 2018
ACT Alliance has the privileged position of being a network of local, national and international actors committed to partnerships amongst each other. This commitment enables international and global members of ACT to enhance the capacity of local and national actors, through resources, training and/or other support, allowing for first response in the beginning of a crisis or disaster to come directly from the community itself.