Protection will be the mainstay of UNHCR’s activities. In the DRC, training on safer and sustainable building techniques for local workers will ensure that UNHCR's shelter assistance is compliant with international standards and that environmental impact and hazard mitigation is integrated into activities. In Mozambique, UNHCR will promote climate-smart agriculture and circular economy practices, enhancing emergency preparedness for natural disasters. Across the region, UNHCR will invest in its work on gender-based violence and child protection and will bolster accountability processes and seek to involve the whole spectrum of community members in decision-making and awareness-raising efforts.
UNHCR will pursue durable solutions to the plight of refugees in southern Africa, with 63,000 needing resettlement in 2024. Others will need support for voluntary repatriation, including to Burundi, the Central African Republic and the DRC, and UNHCR will explore innovative responses and complementary pathways. To increase people's self-reliance and help their integration into the community, UNHCR will work with States, donors and development actors to advance pledges made at the Global Refugee Forum, ensure the inclusion of refugees in national systems and boost links between humanitarian, development and peace efforts in refugee-hosting areas, with a goal of shifting from emergency assistance towards sustainable solutions.
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