The UN Resident Coordinator in Ethiopia, Ahunna Eziakonwo-Onochie, takes the platform at the launch of Ethiopia's Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework in Addis Ababa. On 28 November 2018, the Government of Ethiopia formally launched the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF), paving the way for the implementation of the nine pledges it made at the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees in September 2016 in New York. Those pledges promote self-reliance, improved sustainable responses that include wider support for host communities, the furthering of peaceful coexistence and the inclusion of refugees into national development plans. Ethiopia is committed to significant shifts in meeting refugees' needs, including a transition away from a camp-based model to refugees living and integrating within host communities.
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomes the launch of civil registration for refugees in Ethiopia. Starting today, all refugees in the country will be able to register their vital life events, including birth, death, marriage and divorce, directly with national authorities. This is a historic first and a ground-breaking development for refugee protection in Ethiopia, not previously realized over decades. Civil registration for refugees has been made possible following an amendment to an existing legislation. UNHCR and the UN’s Children Agency (UNICEF) collaborated with the Government of Ethiopia in the preparation of the amendment.
A regional conference hosted by the Government of Honduras in San Pedro Sula, concluded Thursday with a series of concrete initiatives by the countries in North and Central America to strengthen protection and solutions for asylum-seekers, internally displaced persons and refugees. States and other important stakeholders, including affected population, civil society, the private sector and the international community, have pledged strong support to all these initiatives. Further information concerning the regional conference can be found at http://www.mirps-hn.org/en/
On 17 and 18 October 2017, UNHCR convened the second and third thematic discussions leading to the global compact on refugees. The discussions, which focused on the topics “Measures to be taken at the onset of a large movement of refugees” and “Meeting needs and supporting communities” was attended by representatives of national and regional governments, international organizations, civil society organizations, academic institutions, and the private sector. A number of refugees were also in attendance.
In October, 2017, Students of Ali Addeh, Djibouti’s largest refugee camp with over 15,600 inhabitants, celebrated the first day of the new agreement on education for refugees with an animated ceremony attended by hundreds of schoolchildren. The Ministry of Education and Vocational Training (MENFOP) has pledged to oversee education for all refugee children. The event follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the MENFOP and UNHCR where the two parties pledged to provide quality education certified by MENFOP to refugees. Approximately 398 first grade students in the Ali Addeh and Holl-Holl camps will participate in an officially certified programme. It is expected that MENFOP will address the needs of refugee students through the 11th grade in the near future.
UNHCR and the Office of the UN Special Representative for International Migration hosted an anniversary event for the New York Declaration. The event marked the first anniversary of the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants and served as a high-level briefing on the global compact on refugees and the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration
The National Steering Committee (NSC) has met for the first time on 7 September 2017 in Dodoma to endorse the CRRF Road Map and Terms of Reference of the CRRF NSC and Secretariat.