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13-10-2017, Khartoum (Sudan): The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) this morning inaugurated a National Consultative Workshop towards the development of the IGAD Protocol on Free Movement of Persons in the IGAD Region during a short ceremony presided over by the Minister of Interior of Sudan, Lieutenant-General Dr Hamid Hassan, in Khartoum.

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14-09-2017, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia): Representatives from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees  (UNHCR) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) briefed the African Union Permanent Representatives Committee on the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) for Refugees in Africa and its application in the IGAD Region. The consultative meeting was held at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa on 14 September 2017.

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13-8-2017 Juba, South Sudan: Intergovernmental Authority on  Development (IGAD) is holding a 3-day consultative worshop in South Sudan as  part of the National Consultations towards the development of the  Protocol on Free Movement of Persons in the IGAD Region.

Acting head of IGAD Liaison Office in South Sudan Ambassador Abdelrahim Ahmed Khalil in his opening Remarks emphasized on the need for the proposed protocol becoming a reality in IGAD region to promote trade and development.

"We have already held  our First consultative meeting in Uganda now we are in South Sudan next time we will go to the other IGAD countries Ethiopia, Sudan, Kenya then all will be finalized hopefully before the end of this year and by that time we have the protocol consulted upon and agreed." Ambassador Abdelrahim added

Hon. Brigadier General  Rieu Gatliek Gai  South Sudan’s Interior Deputy Minister, Brigadier  officiated the opening and in his remark thanked IGAD for bringing the workshop to South Sudan and said that South Sudan is a young nation that still has a lot to learn from the IGAD region.

The main objectives of this meeting are; to gather information on Benefits and Barriers to Free Movement of Persons in IGAD Region; and to generate national recommendations towards the Provisions of the Protocol on Free Movement of Persons in the IGAD Region

The three-day workshop is aimed at getting inputs from national stakeholders and experts on benefits and barriers to free movement of persons; deriving national recommendations towards the provisions of the Protocol and developing a road map for the negotiation and adoption of the Protocol in the IGAD Region.

The consultation meeting  brought together various South Sudanese stakeholders from civil societies, youth, women, Universities  government’s ministries of Foreign Affairs, Interior, Labour among others.



13-09-2017, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia): Representatives from the IGAD Member States drawn from refugee agencies and ministries responsible for planning, local government and foreign affairs met in Addis Ababa to validate the road map and results framework of the Nairobi Action Plan on durable solutions for Somali refugees and reintegration of returnees in Somalia. This concluded the preparatory work that laid out a regional roadmap on how to deliver the commitments made by IGAD Heads of State and Government at the Special Summit on Somali refugees held in Nairobi on 25 March 2017. The preparatory work was coordinated by a core group of partners comprised of IGAD, EU and the UNHCR. Other development actors such as the UNDP and the World Bank have since joined this core group to support implementation of programmes aimed at stabilizing Somalia and enhancing self-reliance and access to services and assistance for refugees and host communities across the East and Horn of Africa.

The Nairobi Declaration and the accompanying Plan of Action agreed upon during the March 2017 Summit set out a comprehensive regional approach and commitments at four levels: accelerating solutions in Somalia by creating an environment conducive for voluntary and sustainable returns; delivering durable solutions, whilst maintaining protection and asylum space, and promoting the self-reliance and inclusion of refugees in countries of asylum; strengthening sub-regional co-operation; and increasing international responsibility sharing. The results framework further details the actions required to achieve set targets in the intervention areas above, identifying key indicators and milestones. This forms the core structure of the IGAD Regional Framework for Durable Solutions which will be continuously aligned to the respective national plans that reflect country commitments made within the New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants, the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) and the Addis Ababa Commitment of 2014.

The first progress report that will take stock of the achievements by the countries and progress made at the regional level will be presented in November, 2017, at the Regional Inter-ministerial Committee meeting.

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