They are the States of Latin America and the Caribbean that have been, to a greater or lesser extent, affected by the increase in the flow of human mobility of Venezuelan citizens, and that have united around this initiative with the aim of exchanging information and good practices seeking to articulate regional coordination.
The Group of Friends of the Quito Process was born during Round V, and was formally constituted in Round VI, with the intention of making the Venezuelan migration crisis visible and keeping it among the international agenda’s priorities, in order to protect and integrate refugees and Venezuelan migrants, as well as to be able to rely on its technical and financial support for the development of the agreed measures and actions. The Group also intends to be in capacity to mobilize key actors’ and interested parties’ international solidarity, with the prior approval of each State, in implementing the measures, programs and projects.
The Technical Secretariat is the technical advisory body that coordinates, prepares and executes all Quito Process matters; it supports, advises, generates technical developments, prepares documents and provides assistance to the Pro Tempore Presidency, and serves as a link between the agencies and the points technical focal points of international organizations, the focal points of the different member countries and the Pro Tempore Presidency.
The permanent team is made up of a full-time, joint UNHCR-IOM coordinator operating within the UNHCR-IOM regional offices in Panama and a technical advisor in communications, as well as a focal point for each agency. The International Organization for Migration (IOM), together with UNHCR, coordinate the Technical Secretariat of the Quito Process to enable the implementation of the agreements reached by the countries.