2020 marks the third year since most Rohingya women, men and children living in Bangladesh were forced to flee Myanmar, though successive waves of Rohingya have fled into Bangladesh since 1978. The Rohingya have been consistent and clear in their message: they would like to go home – but only when it is safe, and they can be sure of access to basic rights and services, and a pathway to citizenship in Myanmar. The solution to this crisis rests in Myanmar and, in 2020, the United Nations will continue to advocate for and, to the extent possible, support the Government of Myanmar to create an environment that would be conducive to the voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable return of Rohingya refugees.
While we work toward solutions, humanitarian and development partners will continue to meet the needs of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, and their host communities, under the leadership of the Government of Bangladesh. The 2020 Joint Response Plan (JRP) builds upon the significant achievements of the response to date, made possible through the efforts of both Rohingya refugees and their Bangladeshi hosts, the generosity and engagement of donors, and the work of the Government and humanitarian partners.
The 2020 JRP seeks to strengthen protection and solutions for Rohingya refugee women, men, boys and girls; deliver quality, life-saving assistance to people in need; foster the well-being of communities in Ukhiya and Teknaf Upazilas; and work towards achieving sustainable solutions in Myanmar. Multi-sector assistance including food, water and sanitation, shelter, and access to healthcare and education will continue and be improved in 2020 for Rohingya refugees, as well as for Bangladeshis living near the camps. Greater efficiency and more effective targeting of protection and assistance for Rohingya refugees will be facilitated by the completion of the biometric registration at the end of 2019, carried out jointly by the Government of Bangladesh and UNHCR. Coherent settlement planning across all the camps will also aim to maximise and rationalize use of limited space, access to services, and the impact of investments.
Read the entire Joint Response Plan here.