A special summit of heads of state and government will be convened on Saturday in Nairobi bringing together member states of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the international community and other stakeholders to marshal a comprehensive regional approach to deliver durable solutions for Somali refugees.The summit, bringing together leaders from Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea, Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya and Uganda, is also expected to seek to promote sustainable reintegration of returnees in Somalia.
The summit was preceded by a special session of the IGAD Ministerial Committee on Durable Solutions for Somali Refugees on Friday, bringing together ministers responsible for interior, security and refugee affairs from the Horn of Africa region.
More than two million Somalis have been displaced in one of the world’s most protracted humanitarian crises that have now entered its third decade.
An estimated 1.1 million people are internally displaced within Somalia and nearly 900,000 others are refugees in the region.
Continuing political and security stabilization progress in Somalia, along with growing pressures in hosting countries, makes this a critical moment to renew efforts to find durable solutions for Somali refugees.
The election of the new President of Somalia in February 2017 and Parliament in December 2016 marks a milestone in the country’s post-conflict transformation.