Rome, 20 March 2018 – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and 15 other NGOs have jointly released a reaction statement welcoming the general direction of the negotiations that have led to the first draft of a Global Compact on Refugees, issued by the UNHCR on 9 March 2018.
This revised version has made significant changes to the initial zero-draft, including explicit references to the foundational documents and principles of the international refugee protection regime, stronger language on the accountability of member states, and more explicit mechanisms for responsibility-sharing.
The NGOs believe that the first draft is a step in the right direction, and are committed to support the UNHCR and member states to build on this progress, so that the Global Compact many be a robust tool to welcome, protect, promote, and integrate refugees.
Read the full reaction here.
List of signatories:
Action Against Hunger
Danish Refugee Council
International Catholic Migration Commission
International Rescue Committee
Jesuit Refugee Service
Lutheran World Federation
Norwegian Refugee Council
Save the Children International