Year: 2019
Type: Technical
Contributors: States

1. Strengthening RSD procedure; The Ecuadorian state, within the framework of the LOHM, its secondary regulation and by the signature of the Interinstitutional Cooperation Agreement between the MFAHM of the Republic of Ecuador – and the UNHCR, for the strengthening of the refugee status determination process in the Republic of Ecuador, will give continuity to the optimal response level in a context of growing demand of the refugee status determination process. Seeking to ensure deconcentrating and decentralization, therewith, sustaining access to the procedure in the Ecuadorian state benefiting the persons of concern and reducing barriers caused by centralization. 

2. Implementation of Progres V4; The Ecuadorian state, along with the UNHCR technical assistance, is committed to improve substantially the registration process in the refugee status determination procedure by adopting the proGres version 4 system, creating a procedure manual to standardize the tool use, constant personnel training and the follow-up of the tool implementation. The pledge aims to improve the registry standards, reduce errors, conduct the identification of the individuals by using biometric identification, among other things. 

3. Upgrade and harmonization of current regulations in Human Mobility; The Ecuadorian state is committed to develop a secondary regulation, necessary for the correct development and enforcement of the refugee status determination process, receptive of international standards, by maintaining and fostering the already existing good practices in Ecuador, in the event that the Assembly does approve the reform of the Law of Human Mobility. 

4. Strengthening and continuity of admissibility contingency plans and the Commission of the refugee and stateless; The Ecuadorian state is committed to sustain the response level of the constant demand of the system, safeguarding the high technical level and the existing quality standards. In view of the admission procedure and the recognition of refugee status, said commitment will have an impact on the access to electronic visas in both cases and the access for identification for people recognized as refugees or stateless, promoting an effective access to rights for people in need of international protection.   Part of the commitment is to articulate an additional contingency plan for the identification of recognized refugees with the Ministry of Government and General Directorate of Civil Registration and Identification.  

5. Application of a different type of lasting solution: local integration; The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility is committed to promote and generate interinstitutional and/or inter-ministerial agreements that allow and promote an effective and efficient local integration. Actions among the pledge include an agreement for the recognition of academic titles, an agreement to discuss a protocol for people in need of international protection at airports, registry project in Progres V4, the generation of identity card orders that will allow the access to government programs and facilitates access to the financial system and non-financial services, prevent xenophobia, the update  of the information of refugees and asylum seekers deprived of liberty (especially juvenile offenders) stored in progres v.4, registration of women victims of domestic violence, people with catastrophic diseases (agreements with civil society organizations are planned in order to achieve these objectives).