MIRPS Support Platform
The MIRPS Support Platform was launched in December 2019, on the occasion of the first Global Forum on Refugees. It supports the efforts of the MIRPS countries in offering protection and solutions to forced displacement in Central America and Mexico. It also works to mobilize support among other stakeholders, whether international or national, public or private, in these efforts. The Support Platform is made up of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, the European Union (EU), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), France, Spain, Switzerland, Uruguay, the United States of America, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Organization of American States (OAS), and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
The Support Platform exists as a mechanism for greater responsibility sharing, as called for in the Global Compact on Refugees. It seeks to leverage support from the broadest possible range of states, international financial institutions, the private sector, regional bodies and other stakeholders to offer further protection and solutions to forcibly displaced people in the region.
The Support Platform Workplan
In July 2021, the Government of Canada assumed leadership as Chair of the MIRPS Support Platform for a period of one year.
A key focus of Canada’s term is to advance the empowerment and protection of women and girls on the move and press for enhanced and focused international cooperation through a series of high-level events and thematic workshops on key issues identified in the MIRPS national action plans, including a further MIRPS solidarity event.
How members support the MIRPS
Provide technical support in one or more focus areas
education, jobs, and livelihoods, strengthening asylum systems, child protection, etc. based on the MIRPS national action plans.
Become part of the Cities of Solidarity initiative
Municipalities in Platform member countries and those
in MIRPS countries can strengthen local responses
together, including safety nets for displaced people.
Identify their pledges made at the Global Refugee Forum
that align with the MIRPS national action plans.
Map private sector actors within their country
that can be engaged in supporting the MIRPS.
Provide financial support to MIRPS countries
to cover financial gaps of the MIRPS national action plans, in line with the quantification process.
Increase the number of resettlement places and complementary pathways
such as education grants and private sponsorship programs for asylum seekers and refugees from Central America.
Help bring additional actors into the response
through the Platform to broaden the support base.
Become a MIRPS ambassador
and facilitate engagement with development actors.