Related International Frameworks

On September 19, 2016, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a set of commitments to enhance the protection of refugees and migrants.

These commitments are known as the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants. The New York Declaration reaffirms the importance of the international refugee regime and represents a commitment by Member States to strengthen and enhance mechanisms to protect people on the move. 

It paves the way for the adoption of two new global compacts in 2018: a global compact on refugees and a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration.  

The New York Declaration sets out the key elements of a Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (in Annex I) to be applied to large-scale movements of refugees and protracted refugee situations. The four key objectives of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework are to:

  • Ease pressures on host countries;
  • Enhance refugee self-reliance;
  • Expand third-country solutions; and
  • Support conditions in countries of origin for return in safety and dignity.

The New York Declaration