The Global Compact on Refugees highlights the importance of leadership and engagement by groups of States willing to mobilize contributions in aid of the work of Support Platforms. This is the basis for the creation of a Core Group for the Support Platform for the Solutions Strategy for Afghan Refugees (SSAR). States were invited to express their interest in becoming members of an SSAR Core Group by UNHCR and the three countries at the helm of the initiative – Afghanistan, Iran, and Pakistan. From the outset, the aim was to involve partners who can demonstrate sustained engagement and solidarity with the Afghan refugee situation and who intend to make concrete commitments in support of solutions, with an emphasis on additional contributions. In October 2020, the European Union agreed to be Chair of the Core Group. The chairmanship is rotational on an annual basis among its members. UNHCR provides secretariat support for both the Support Platform and the Core Group. The current members of the Core Group are: European Union (as Chair), Asian Development Bank, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Japan, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United Nations Development Programme, United States of America, and the World Bank.
Core Group statements:
Statement by the Core Group of the Support Platform of the Solutions Strategy for Afghan Refugees (SSAR) ahead of the United Nations High-level Pledging Event on Supporting the Humanitarian Response for Afghanistan (31 March 2022)
Afghanistan: Statement by the Chair of the SSAR Core Group on continuing support for increased displacement needs in Afghanistan and for neighbouring countries hosting refugees (1 October 2021)