UNHCR-UNICEF Blueprint for Joint Action for Refugee Children
Ensuring a fair deal for refugee children.
At the beginning of 2020, UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, and UNICEF developed an ambitious Blueprint for Joint Action. The Blueprint is our commitment to accelerate joint efforts under a transformational agenda in line with the Global Compact on Refugees. We will redouble our efforts to promote and protect the rights of refugee children and the communities that host them through their inclusion in national plans, budgets and service delivery systems.
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, business as usual is not an option. An expanded, more effective and predictable response is needed more than ever. We will leverage development capacities to build sustainable solutions across the humanitarian-development nexus to ensure that no refugee or vulnerable host community child is left behind.
The initial phase of our renewed partnership spans three sectors: education; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); and child protection; across 10 countries (Bangladesh, Cameroon, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Honduras, Indonesia, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, and Rwanda), which are home to 2.1 million refugee children, 17.8 per cent of the world’s total.
In early 2021, based on learnings gained in the first year of the Blueprint, we agreed to extend the timeline of the Blueprint until end 2022; to adjust the governance structure of the Blueprint; and to include complementary approaches from additional countries where there is a strong collaboration.