Progress Since the 2019 Global Refugee Forum (GRF blog 2/3)

Child Protection

This blog is part of a short series produced by INEE and the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action about how the two networks are engaging with the 2023 Global Refugee Forum.


GRF At the first Global Refugee Forum in 2019, INEE, along with UNICEF and UNESCO, pledged to undertake a review and update of the INEE Minimum Standards (INEE MS). By doing so, INEE committed itself formally to ensuring that the INEE MS continues to support the fulfillment of the right to education in crisis contexts, and specifically the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4), the Incheon Declaration and Framework for Action, Refugee Education 2030, and Global Compact on Refugees. The pledging partners committed to:

  • Update the existing INEE MS handbook through consultation and dialogue across INEE and partner networks, ensuring a diversity of perspectives is represented;
  • Ensure a strong inclusion and equity lens throughout the INEE MS, with a specific focus on gender and children protection;
  • Publish the updated INEE MS in all of INEE’s working languages (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish) and maximize accessibility through multimedia platforms, mobile-friendly versions, and hard copies.
  • Promote the updated INEE MS and advocate for their broad and general uptake and usage, including by relevant ministries.

To date, INEE has completed a broad consultative process involving more than 1,600 people in 35 countries, and the 2024 edition of the INEE MS is in the last stages of finalization (for more information visit the INEE MS update webpage). Looking ahead to 2024, INEE will shift its focus to the launch and roll-out of the updated INEE MS with the aim of promoting its use across the EiE sector, including by relevant ministries. Future activities will include translation into Arabic, French, Portuguese, Spanish and other languages, thematic roundtables, online orientations, and workshops, and updates to existing translations and contextualizations. 

The next and final blog in this series will present details about the first-ever GRF Joint Pledge between INEE and The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action.

If you have any comments or questions, please email and If your organization is making a pledge relevant to child protection and/or education in emergencies, please contact us so we can make the connections between the pledges.