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Children line up to go for breakfast before taking a bus to school, at the Islamic Charity Association Orphanage in Homs, Syria. The orphanage looks after 25 boys and 31 girls, ranging from 2 years old to 20 years old. Established in 1920, the orphanage in Homs is one of the few care facilities that provide shelter, care and education for children who may be have lost both parents, be father-less, or abandoned by parents due to the crisis. In November 2014, they had to evacuate their original location in the Al-Waer neighborhood due to a mortar attack, leaving the well-equipped facilities that included play grounds, activity halls, sports arena, and bedrooms for every child. Now the orphanage uses a rented facility in a nearby neighbourhood that lacks the required infrastructure and requires the children to sleep in dorms. They also are forced to turn away many children because they have no room. UNHCR has provided psycho-social support and core relief items and will be providing increased support in 2016. ; Homs has been witness to some of the worst fighting of the Syrian conflict and much of the city now lies in ruins. Many children have lost parents or been abandoned as a result of the conflict.

On Tuesday 2 August 2016, after weeks of intensive and at times rushed negotiations, UN Member States achieved consensus on the Outcome document that will be presented for signing by states at the UN General Assembly Summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants on 19 September. The Outcome document is composed of three parts:

  •  Political Declaration: sets forth a set of key principles and commitments that the states are making, including many on the protection of the human rights of all migrants, regardless of their status, under existing human rights and humanitarian treaties, and the further rights (e.g., under the 1951 Refugee Convention and other international treaties) of particular migrants, such as refugees and asylum seekers, children, victims of trafficking, torture and trauma.
  • Annex I – Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework: a guide for responding to situations that involve large movements and arrival of refugees, with protection of refugees and support and cooperation from and among States, agencies, civil society and the communities involved. In the final section of the Framework, states commit to work towards the adoption of a Global Compact on Refugees at the UN General Assembly in 2018.
  • Annex II – Towards a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration: the announcement of the launch of a two-year process to devise a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, also for adoption by the UN General Assembly in 2018. In this Annex, States list some of the elements that could be included in the Compact.

 Read some analyses and responses from civil society to these documents here