"This type of joint and state-led approach is necessary now more than ever, in a context in which a record number of 70.8 million people have been forced to leave their homes … we can and must do a lot. more to resolve and prevent conflicts if we want to reverse this tragic trend, "said Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees, Kelly Clements.
The official made these statements in the framework of the II Annual Meeting of the Regional Integral Framework for Protection and Solutions (MIRPS), composed of Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Panama, where they followed up on the commitments acquired through the Declaration of San Pedro Sula in 2017.
MIRPS is one of the outstanding examples of how to implement the Global Compact on Refugees, through "national action plans developed by various actors and incorporated into regional approaches."
This meeting, convened by Mexico from the Pro Tempore Presidency brought together international and regional organizations, from civil society, the private sector, financial institutions and other partners.
Participants highlighted initiatives on access to education, employment, work permits, documentation and access to the asylum procedure, and on the "protection needs of Central Americans in their host communities."
In addition, they identified initiatives for "strengthening the exchange of information and analysis on the situation of violence and humanitarian needs in North Central America".
The Secretary of Access to Rights and Equity of the OAS, Gastão Alves de Toledo, said that "this effort can save and improve the living conditions of many of the people living in our region."
The second annual meeting takes place weeks before the World Refugee Forum takes place, which will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, on December 17 and 18, 2019.
MIRPS will hold a solidarity event the day before that forum, to call attention to the urgent support needs of countries in responding to the complex situation of forced displacement.
This space stands out as one of the practical regional applications of the Global Compact on Refugees signed in December in Morocco.