Bangladesh government and the United Nations (UN) Saturday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a common protection and policy framework for humanitarian response to Rohingya in Bhasan Char.
The MoU was inked between the country’s disaster management and relief ministry and the UNHCR, on behalf of UN agencies working on the Rohingya response in Bangladesh, at the secretariat here.
The MoU is a further expression of the government and people of Bangladesh’s generosity and support toward the Rohingya population until they can return safely and sustainably to Myanmar, said an UNHCR media release after the signing ceremony.
The MoU is also a reconfirmation of the UN’s commitment to continue supporting Bangladesh in leading the humanitarian programme for almost 900,000 forcefully displaced Rohingyas in the country, it added.
The agreement relating to Bhasan Char allows close cooperation between the government and the UN on services and activities to benefit the increasing numbers of Rohingyas living on the island.
The MoU covers key areas of protection, education, skills-training, livelihoods and health, which will help support Rohingyas to lead decent lives on the island and better prepare them for sustainable return to Myanmar in the future.
The UN response will build up and complement the humanitarian assistance so far provided by Bangladeshi NGOs on the island, said the release.