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Remarks by Estonia at the UNHCR Standing Committee 69th Session under Item 2 on International Protection

28.06.2017

UNHCR Standing Committee 69th Session

 

Remarks by Estonia

 

Agenda item 2: “International Protection”

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Geneva, 28th June 2017

 

Ms. Chairperson,

Estonia aligns itself with the statement delivered by the European Union.

Allow me to thank the UNHCR for the presentations and the thorough and rich background documentation for this session. We appreciate that besides underlining the numerous serious challenges, the documentation also highlights solutions.

Estonia remains deeply concerned about the growing trend of forced displacement and especially about conflict-induced displacement leading to ever-increasing humanitarian and protection challenges. The global community has to step up to tackle the root causes of instability and underlying drivers of conflict. In this context, the need for respect for international norms, provision of protection and finding political solutions cannot be over-emphasised.

The New York Declaration and the adoption of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework was an important milestone in 2016. As the Assistant High Commissioner on protection Mr. Volker Türk emphasised, the New York Declaration lays the ground for positive change to the current deteriorating protection trends. We fully agree with the note on international protection in that the commitments of the New York Declaration need to translate to action, now. In this regard, Estonia lives up to its commitments and is committed to supporting communities and countries receiving large numbers of forcibly displaced persons and contributing to increasing the international cooperation including through more equitable responsibility sharing. Estonia is one of the States that started resettlement activities in 2016 and in this regard, we thank the UNHCR for its advice and support in developing effective national procedures and reception capacity.

Finally, Estonia shares the views voiced by Denmark and others that the wider approach to IDP situations is not covered by the two global compacts that the international community is currently developing. Therefore, in the coming years, there is need to find ways to tackle this gap.

Thank you!

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