Global: JRS reacts to the first draft of the Global Compact on Refugees
20 March 2018

Global: JRS reacts to the first draft of the Global Compact on Refugees

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 
Asylum Access 
Care International 
Caritas Internationalis 
Danish Refugee Council 
International Catholic Migration Commission 
International Rescue Committee 
Jesuit Refugee Service 
Lutheran World Federation 
Mercy Corps 
Norwegian Refugee Council 
Oxfam International 
Plan International 
Save the Children International 

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