World Refugee Day
Ljubljana, 20 June 2018 – On World Refugee Day, we express solidarity with people forced to leave their homes due to conflict or persecution.
The adoption of the 2016 New York Declaration for refugees and migrants marked an important step in the shaping of global policies on refugees and migrants. The drafting of the Global compact on refugees is in its final stage; it is expected to be adopted during the 73rd General Assembly this autumn, as part of the report by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. Slovenia has actively participated in the consultation process.
The aim of the Global Compact is to provide a comprehensive framework for responding to the needs of refugees through more equitable sharing of burden and accountability among countries in accepting refugees and providing them care; furthermore, it aims to provide enhanced national mechanisms for protecting refugees and increased care capacities, and improve the socio-economic situation of refugees and host communities.
Based on the conclusions of the World Humanitarian Summit and the New York Declaration for refugees and migrants, Slovenia introduced a new approach in the way it provides humanitarian assistance. In September 2017, the National Assembly adopted the Resolution on Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Assistance of the Republic of Slovenia, which provides the foundation for a new strategic framework for addressing humanitarian crises more consistently and effectively.
The Resolution establishes links between humanitarian and development work, also by supporting reconstruction and rehabilitation activities, resilience building, reducing disaster risks and crisis prevention. This includes food security as a crucial factor in preventing conflicts and migration.
Slovenia’s humanitarian assistance funds are allocated in order to improve the situation of refugees and address the root causes of migration. This year, too, humanitarian contributions will primarily be intended for Syrian, Palestinian and Iraqi refugees. Additional activities related to refugees include bilateral projects dealing with mine awareness education, psychosocial and economic empowerment, and ensuring better food and water security.