Launch of the Regional Resilience and Refugee Response Plan for Egypt (2017-2018)

Apr 2, 2017

From Left to Right: Ms. Naglaa Arafa, UNDP Assistant Resident Representative, Mr. Richard Dictus, UN Resident Coordinator, Ambassador Tarek El Kouny, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for Arab Affairs, and Mr. Kareem Attasi, UNHCR Representative

Your Excellency Ambassador Tarek El Kouny, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for Arab Affairs,

Mr. Richard Dictus, the UN Resident Coordinator,

Mr. Kareem Attasi, UNHCR Representative,

Excellencies/Ambassadors,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I have the honor to participate in today’s event to launch the 2017-2018 Egypt Chapter under the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) in response to the Syria crisis, which was developed under the leadership of the Egyptian national authorities with the support of the United Nations in Egypt and all 3RP partners.

The Plan aims to respond to the needs of Syrian refugees and host communities through two interconnected components “Refugee” and “Resilience” with a focus on 5 Sectors namely: Protection; Food Security; Health; Education; Basic needs and Livelihoods. The “Resilience” Component compliments the humanitarian assistance by addressing the stabilization and resilience needs of the impacted and vulnerable communities in all sectors, builds the capacities of national and subnational service delivery systems and strengthens the ability of the government to lead the crises response.

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am pleased to note the efforts exerted by the Government of Egypt to create an enabling environment for Syrian refugees through ministerial decrees and Government policies which mainstream Syrian families in the subsidized primary healthcare services in their communities, as well as allow unrestricted access to public education facilities (at all levels) for Syrian refugee children.

I wish to seize this opportunity to highlight some of the key initiatives implemented under the resilience component through the fruitful partnership between the Government of Egypt, the UN and other 3RP partners. These include the capacity building of primary health care professionals and community health workers; upgrading of health care facilities in impacted communities; capacity building of teachers and education staff; upgrading the infrastructure of public schools; skills development trainings to encourage employment and self-employment; cash-for-work/public works programmes which aim to create job opportunities in host communities while enhancing the services in these areas.

The 2017-2018 Plan therefore seeks to build on the above enabling environment and achievements to further advance resilience-based interventions under the various sectors supporting national institutions to better respond to the needs of host communities and Syrian refugees in the most impacted areas. These include increasing capacity of national and local systems to respond to the needs of refugees and host community children; improving physical capacity of public and community schools to increase their absorptive capacity in the most impacted governorates and districts; capacity building support to primary health care; and material support to public health care facilities.

The Plan will continue to focus on enhancing employment opportunities, through skills development; entrepreneurship and improving access to wage employment. Labor intensive, cash for work programmes will be further developed to both generate income opportunities and improve basic services and due attention will be

accorded to the employment and employability of women, youth and persons with special needs. The implementation of this Plan, which envisages Sector Requirements for the Resilience Component to be approx. US$78,000,000 for 2017-2018, will require multi-stakeholder and innovative initiatives and partnerships bringing together the national government, the private sector, civil society, humanitarian and development agencies, development partners, to ensure that the response is relevant, efficient and cost-effective.

In closing, I wish to thank the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for organizing and hosting this important event and I would like to join my colleagues in acknowledging the key role the Government of Egypt is playing in supporting Syrian refugees. Indeed, Egypt exemplifies a great model in terms of its inclusiveness and integration of Syrian refugees despite the burden this is placing on government institutions.

We look forward to a fruitful cooperation with all 3RP partners to implement the Plan and also to fruitful discussions during the upcoming roundtable meetings.

Thank you.