MIKTA JOINT STATEMENT ECOSOC HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS SEGMENT GENERAL DISCUSSION – 25 June 2019
I have the honor to deliver the following statement on behalf of the MIKTA countries,
Mexico, Indonesia, Korea, Turkey and Australia.
Humanitarian crises around the world, resulting in severe human suffering
and forced displacement on an unprecedented scale, continue to be of great concern. They continue to
deprive humanity of the peaceful environment where sustainable development can
MIKTA countries believe in the need for stronger international solidarity. This
requires, concerted attention and swift action from the international community
if we are to effectively address the magnitude of humanitarian challenges
Humanitarian assistance must be provided in accordance with the principles of humanity, neutrality and
impartiality. We must also highlight the role of volunteers and humanitarian
personnel to prevent, mitigate and respond to emergencies and humanitarian
Partnerships with stakeholders across diverse sectors and regions play a vital role in
achieving common outcomes in preventing, responding to and resolving
Meanwhile, greater collaboration between humanitarian and development actors is key, not only for ensuring
effective and sustainable responses but also for strengthening social
protection systems and increasing resilience and response capacities.
The focus of this year’s ECOSOC HAS, reminds us of the importance of strengthening
collaboration and coordination among development, humanitarian and climate
actors from the onset of emergencies.
Additionally, as many humanitarian crises are caused or exacerbated by natural
disasters of ever greater scale and intensity, collaboration with climate
actors is equally and naturally important. The increased frequency and
intensity of disasters, also signals the ongoing need for inclusive engagement,
multi-dimensional and multi-stakeholder disaster risk reduction strategies and
resilience building more than ever.
Moreover, in the case of disasters, in order to save
people’s lives and to protect their assets, more should be done to enable
risk-based investments; where possible to ensure all development investments
are risk-informed; to invest in preparedness before the crisis; and where
appropriate to provide incentives to reward risk-informed local and national
MIKTA recognizes the key role of international cooperation to strengthen countries'
ability to respond to emergencies, especially when the magnitude and duration
of disasters may exceed the capacity of affected countries.
We also believe that expanding public-private partnerships in humanitarian action would
be beneficial for incorporating innovative investment responses in humanitarian action.
MIKTA countries welcome the approach of anticipating and investing in risk prevention
and management. Last May, we met in Geneva for the VI Global Platform for
Disaster Risk Reduction with two main goals: first, to build on the momentum
created in Cancun in 2017 and, second, to underscore the urgency of achieving
Target E of the Sendai Framework to substantially increase the number of
countries with national and local disaster risk reduction strategies by 2020.
We shared MIKTA’s perspective on “Fostering more sustainable and inclusive societies in
DRR global cooperation” during this Platform.
We must maintain the momentum on the implementation of the Sendai Framework by promoting
comprehensive risk management, building resilience, and enhancing preparedness
for rapid recovery and build back better.
In this regard, during the MIKTA Chairmanship of Indonesia, in Commemoration of the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR), a seminar jointly organized by MIKTA and UNDRR was held in October last
year in Geneva on “Strengthening the Role of National and Local Governments in Reducing Economic Losses and Building DRR Capacity."
We consider the ECOSOC HAS as a relevant forum to seek further support and reiterate the
call for enhanced respect to International Humanitarian Law (IHL). In the
current concerning global environment, there is an essential need to ensure
that obligations under IHL are implemented.
We also consider the ECOSOC HAS as an opportunity to look at humanitarian issues in a
broader context both in terms of understanding the root causes of crises and in
facilitating discussions on diverse and innovative ways to ensuremore effective, inclusive and swift response,
crisis (and risk) management, including through promoting greater localization
of aid and capacity building efforts.
Let us reiterate here that MIKTA stands ready to collaborate further and share best
practices with others.
Today, the global policy priorities are largely influenced by the 2030 Agenda for
Sustainable Development, the transformations set in motion through the World
Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, as well as through the commitments made at the
2016 New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants, that resulted in a Global
Compact on Refugees and a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular
Migration in 2018.
We highlight the importance of working with communities that host
refugees displaced by humanitarian crises, as well as migrants in order to
prevent suffering, and provide effective humanitarian assistance. We recognize
the contribution of migrants to societies of origin, transit and
The Global Compact on Refugees, reaffirmed the commitment of the
international community to the principle of equitable burden and responsibility
sharing, to support solutions and better responses to large scale refugee
situations for the benefit of refugees, host countries and communities and,
particularly developing and transit countries.
The Comprehensive Regional Protection and Solutions Framework (MIRPS) is
one of the concrete examples of a burden and responsibility sharing mechanism.
MIKTA countries, being actively engaged in displacement issues, hope for
a successful outcome from the first Global Refugee Forum to take place in
Geneva this year in December. We encourage all relevant stakeholders
to actively take part in this important Forum.
Also, as this year marks the mid-point of the #IBelong Campaign against
Statelessness, we also view the UNHCR ExCom High Level Segment in October this
year as a timely opportunity to take stock of the achievements made, to share
experience and challenges, respective to state's different contexts,
international obligations and capacities.
MIKTA countries also support working toward the full empowerment of women
and girls in humanitarian settings, gender equality and fulfilment of women and
girls’ human rights. In line with the clear call from the WHS and subsequent
fora, we consider this as a global responsibility.
MIKTA countries, in order to move forward on the promises of the SDGs, remain
committed to working closely with local and national stakeholders, including
women’s groups in strengthening their capacity to better deliver in
humanitarian settings. We therefore urge all stakeholders to implement their
commitments towards ensuring that women and girls’ particular needs are met and
they are empowered as decision makers.
Persons with disabilities also need to be included and empowered to participate in
humanitarian responses. Non-discrimination needs to be ensured in humanitarian
settings. In this vein, MIKTA countries welcome the efforts to operationalize
commitments, in particular through the new UNDIS - UN Disability Inclusion
Strategy and the forthcoming IASC (Inter-Agency Standing Committee) Guidelines on inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action.
In conclusion, MIKTA countries are broadly supportive of the range of initiatives
and reform processes established over the past few years covering many of the
areas we have mentioned. The successful implementation of this wide-ranging
agenda will only be realised if we are committed to continuing to work towards
shared objectives, with a strong sense of shared responsibility and ownership.
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