IGAD, UNHCR review platform on solving humanitarian crisis

IGAD, UNHCR review platform on solving humanitarian crisis
IGAD Secretary Ismail Wais (photo credit: courtesy)

A function meant to discuss high-level information transfer on how to solve the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan concluded yesterday in Geneva, Switzerland.

The special high-level information sharing session of the IGAD Support Platform on the Solutions Initiative was held on the margins of the 72nd session of UNHCR’s Executive Committee proceedings.

The high-level session reviewed the progress made since the launch of the Solutions Initiative a year ago and explored ways to mobilize political, technical, and financial support as the process moves forward.

It also provided guidance for the implementation period that will follow for the national and regional strategies and plans of action.

In a joint statement, IGAD, United Nations Refugee Agency UNHCR, the government of South Sudan and Sudan on Tuesday, October 5, 2021, stated that humanitarian and development partners, donors, and the private sector “also have a significant role in supporting the two countries to sustain current aid efforts, consolidate development gains and support governments in addressing the socioeconomic dimensions of displacement including returns and reintegration in a sustainable manner”. 

Launched in October 2020 as a flagship activity of the IGAD Support Platform, the platform seeks to galvanize international support towards the early recovery and longer-term peacebuilding and resilience needs of over seven million internally displaced people, refugees, and returnees as well as their host communities in the two countries.

There are over 2.2 million refugees from South Sudan hosted in the region, and another 1.7 million displaced in the country and more than 1.8 million Sudanese internally displaced, mainly in the Darfur region, and over 700,000 Sudanese refugees located in neighboring countries according to UN refugee agency.