Global Leaders must seize the opportunity of the High-Level Officials Meeting on refugees, to accelerate progress for Syrian children
AMMAN, JORDAN, 17 DECEMBER 2021 – The first stock taking High-Level Officials Meeting in the framework of the Global Refugee Forum (GRF), was held 14-15 December 2021, in Geneva. The meeting brought together global leaders to track progress on more than 1,400 pledges made in 2019, and advance the collective response to protect the world’s forcibly displaced children and their families.
Jose Bergua, No Lost Generation (NLG) co-chair said: “More than ten years later, Syria continues to be the biggest refugee crisis in the world. We cannot and we must not forget the rights and needs of Syrian children, adolescents and young people, who are paying the biggest price for our collective failures. Within the framework of the GRF, we must redouble our efforts to promote and protect their rights and those of the communities hosting them. Now.”
Alexandra Matei, NLG co-chair said: “I believe that between now and the next GRF in 2023, Syrian children are at a critical crossroads. Syria remains the country with the l gest number of internationally displaced people (6.8 million) for whom pervasive violence and the economic fallout in their country continues to push children risk their lives, and cross into neighbouring countries. The international community must recognize we are facing a protection crisis with unfathomable consequences for Syrian children, and we need to act now to keep them safe from any type of violence.”
Launched in 2013, No Lost Generation is a strategic framework for the responses to the Syria and crisis, embedded within existing planning, coordination and reporting structures. Working across three pillars – Education, Child Protection, and Adolescents & Youth – the No Lost Generation initiative comprises joint programming at country level and joint advocacy at regional and global levels by humanitarian partners to strengthen support to children and youth affected by both crises, recognizing that their safety, wellbeing, and education are essential to the future of Syria and the region. Jointly led by UNICEF and World Vision, the No Lost Generation initiative brings together humanitarian and development partners from United Nations agencies, local and international non-governmental organizations, donors and host governments.
To date, 29 GRF pledges specifically referred to child protection and only 4 were received by Syria or host countries of Syrian refugees in the region.