Why a MENA Civil Society Network For Displacement?

The set of commitments agreed by Member States in the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants (19 September 2016) emphasizes that the protection of displaced persons and refugees and the support to host communities is a shared international responsibility. It is also a responsibility shared not only by governments and international organizations, but by the whole of society.

World leaders have emphasized that the role of civil society is more crucial than ever in responding to growing refugee crises. Addressing the current challenges and planning for future post-conflict scenarios require enhanced cooperation and engagement of all civil society actors.

These convictions are reflected in the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework that came out of the New York Declaration, as well as the Global Compact for Refugees under development by UNHCR, both of which are committed to engaging actors from all walks of society in responding to the displacement crises facing the world. In line with these shifts in UNHCR’s strategy for humanitarian response, the MENA Bureau has served as a catalyst and convener for the MENA Civil Society Network for Displacement.

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