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 two-year 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 new partnership spans three sectors: education; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); and child protection; across 11 countries (Bangladesh, Cameroon, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Honduras, Indonesia, Iraq, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, and Rwanda), which are home to 2.24 million refugee children, 20 per cent of the world’s total. This ‘Blueprint’ and the lessons we learn from this first phase, will be the base on which we build a truly transformational partnership through a global memorandum of understanding to be concluded in 2022.