Displacement in Eastern Africa is predominantly of a protracted nature. At the end of March 2017, there were almost 13 million people displaced in the region- with 4 million refugees mostly from South Sudan and Somalia, and at least half are children. More than one million children have fled escalating violence in South Sudan, so almost one in five children. We, ReDSS members, commit to work together and to be collectively held accountable for the implementation of our commitments as stipulated below. It is our hoped that such an approach, developed in the spirit of the New York Declaration, will support countries and communities that host refugees in improving asylum space, integrated access to services, inclusive economic opportunities and infrastructure for all.
This event also provides an opportunity to call on the international community to demonstrate solidarity with IGAD member states through responsibility sharing and increased resettlement quotas for refugees.