Global Compact for Refugees - UNHCR

Organization of American States (OAS) responsible for follow-up mechanism to the MIRPS national and regional commitments

  • Central America and Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama
  • 2 July, 2018

During the 48th session of the Organization of American States’ (OAS) General Assembly, held on June 5, 2018, its General Committee adopted a Resolution on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, presented by Mexico. The Resolution establishes an annual follow-up mechanism for the implementation of the Comprehensive Regional Protection and Solutions Framework in Central America and Mexico, the MIRPS, with technical support from the OAS General Secretariat and UNHCR.

Reporting at regional level will be complemented by a national monitoring mechanism that intends to track national commitments for the period covering 2018-2020. The General Committee considered the MIRPS as a “dynamic, pioneering sub-regional initiative that represents a practical application of the CRRF and contributes to the development of the Global Compact on Refugees”.

The Resolution further instructs other OAS member States “to develop or update their own frameworks for prevention, protection, and solutions for asylum seekers, refugees, internally displaced persons, and returnees with protection needs” and to engage more in exchanging good practices and experiences.

The first meeting on the follow-up is scheduled to take place in autumn this year at the OAS Headquarters in Washington, D.C.