NAIROBI, Kenya – UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, together with regional partners, donors, governments, the private sector and UN agencies in the East, Horn and Great lakes regions of Africa, met to discuss progress on the Global Compact on Refugees, six months after its affirmation by the UN General Assembly last year.
The meeting was convened by the Regional Refugee Coordination Office for the South Sudan and Burundi Situations and the Office of the Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa. The Global Compact (GCR) seeks a more equitable sharing of responsibility for hosting and supporting refugees, over 5 million of whom live in the East, Horn and Great Lakes regions.
Discussions revolved around comparing notes on the operationalization of the GCR, lessons learnt, challenges experienced and opportunities arising.
One of the key opportunities raised was the role that the private sector could play in providing opportunities for refugees, from employment and business opportunities, to providing critical goods and services – all of which are in line with the GCR’s ‘whole-of-society’ approach of shared responsibility.