Hosted by the Government of the Republic of Kenya, the InterGovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) convened a regional Heads of State and Government Summit (hereafter 'the Special Summit') in Nairobi on 25th March 2017, which was undertaken in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and supported by the European Union.
At the Special Summit, the Heads of State and Government of the Member States of IGAD, in cooperation with the international community, resolved to deliver durable solutions for the more than 900,000 Somali refugees, who have been displaced in one of the world's most protracted crises, as well as over a million displaced persons within Somalia. This commitment is expressed in their Declaration, and adopted in this Comprehensive Plan of Action, which emphasizes the actions to be carried out in the delivery of durable solutions for Somali refugees.
The Comprehensive Plan of Action reflects the commitment by regional leaders to marshal a comprehensive integrated regional approach to deliver durable solutions for Somali refugees, whilst maintaining protection and promoting self-reliance and assistance in the countries of asylum, with the support of the international community and other stakeholders.
With its focus on delivering durable solutions for Somali refugees, the Comprehensive Plan of Action builds on the commitments made by the individual Member States that are signatories to the 2016 New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants, especially the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF), and the specific commitments made by countries in the region, including the Addis Ababa Commitment towards Somali Refugees 2014, and internationally at the 2016 Leaders' Summit and other pertinent regional frameworks and mechanisms.