UN Agencies launch Multi-Country Joint Programme to improve Health, Wellbeing and Protection of People on the Move and Host Communities

  • The programme aims to help improve the health, well-being and protection of individuals and communities, in particular those of women and youth in nine countries of the MENA Region.

United Nations Agencies launched today a Multi-Country Joint Programme for “Improving Health, Wellbeing and Protection of People on the Move and Host Communities”.

The programme aims to help improve the health, well-being and protection of individuals and communities, in particular those of women and youth in nine countries of the MENA Region: Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Sudan. before and throughout the different phases of migration.

The programme duration is five years (2020 – 2024) and is structured in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and with the comprehensive migration governance framework proposed by the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) and its overarching principles and objectives.

It also builds on the momentum created by the landmark conference, which took place in Marrakech, Morocco, in December 2018. It also presents a comprehensive and integrated response to the challenges of mixed migration management and so puts into effect the agreed priorities of the Khartoum Process, the Valetta Action Plan, and the Malta Declaration.

The Programme will build a platform that can be utilized to initiate the ‘’whole of government approach’’ to migration, aiming to harmonize national migration governance through national coordination mechanisms.

In recent years, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region experienced an unprecedented increase of mixed migration flows both as countries of transit and of destination.

Moreover, protracted humanitarian crises across the region have resulted in significant internal and cross-border displacement. Migrants who left their homes for reasons ranging from escaping hardship because of economic crises, protracted civil unrest, climate change, social marginalization and other reasons find themselves stranded in countries where their status and protection remain fragile.

Many have irregular status in transit or destination countries, and are faced with or exposed to harsh conditions. This has often exacerbated by lack of access to social, protection services, and intolerant attitudes, which often lead to socio-economic exclusion and increased risk of violence, exploitation and abuse.

The UN Multi-Country Joint Programme focuses on the challenges that mixed migration has on women and youth who are particularly vulnerable to these challenges, which include lack of migrant-sensitive health services in particular adequate sexual and reproductive health (SRH), mental health care and psycho-social support, non-existent or inadequate protection mechanisms and legal frameworks, gender-based violence (GBV), human trafficking and migrant smuggling

The initiative builds upon and collaborates with ongoing regional and national level initiatives to address mixed migration-related challenges in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and builds upon the strategic partnerships and comparative advantages of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations Office On Drugs and Crime (UNODC), United Nations Education Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), both at the regional and the national levels, with multilateral and regional partners, national governments and CSOs.

The UN Agencies will coordinate their actions building on their specific expertise to implement multi-faceted and integrated actions and will establish strategic alliances with relevant actors in the MENA Region, such as the League of Arab States, the OECD, parliamentarian groups, academic institutions and the private sector.

Media Contacts
Author
Ito Chiaki
IOM
Regional Migration Health Specialist, Middle East and North Africa Regional Office

Author
Sherin SaadAllah
UNFPA
Resource Mobilization and Partnership Adviser, Arab States Regional Office
UN entities involved in this initiative
IOM
International Organization for Migration
UNESCO
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
UNODC
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
WHO
World Health Organization