The European Union and the United Nations, through the High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), will finance the implementation of an "early warning and rapid response system" on Ecuador's northern border, with Colombia, to protect human rights in that country. region.
This was reported by the EU office in Quito on Monday, stating that it will provide some 3.3 million dollars for this initiative, in an execution period of 18 months.
This protection system will be applied by the UNHCR, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
This initiative seeks to provide the basis for "a rapid response by relevant government institutions, through information mechanisms, human resources and capacity building," said the agency.
The EU ambassador in Ecuador, Marianne Van Steen, said that although the change will not be immediate, "what can be assured is the strong commitment of the European Union to improve the situation."
"The role of local authorities in the area of human rights will be strengthened, while social cohesion is achieved to lay the foundations of sustainable local development at various levels," Van Steen added.
According to the resident coordinator of the UN in Ecuador, Arnaud Peral, this project "is of vital importance to help protect human rights and prevent conflict on the country's northern border."
For her part, María Clara Martín, representative of the UNHCR, said that "the early warning system will be crucial to strengthen and empower communities in the defense of their rights and in the response to situations of risk and insecurity," he said.
This agreement will benefit the "totality" of vulnerable people such as migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, the EU office said in a statement.
In addition, young people at risk of being recruited for illicit activities or armed groups, indigenous populations, victims of human trafficking and trafficking, as well as sexual and gender-based violence, he added.
According to the EU office, the situation on the northern border is due to several reasons, including the collateral consequences of the peace process in Colombia, the lack of economic and social development of the sector and the Venezuelan crisis that has produced an exodus of almost 2.4 million people mobilized to different countries in the region.