UNHCR welcomes ‘unprecedented force and resonance’ of New York Declaration
NEW YORK, 19 September 2016 (UNHCR) - UNHCR, the
UN Refugee Agency, has welcomed the historic adoption of the New York
Declaration by 193 governments at today’s United Nations General Assembly
(UNGA) in New York, during the first-ever UN Summit on Addressing Large
Movements of Refugees and Migrants.
unprecedented levels of people on the move, the Summit brings together
government and UN leaders and representatives of civil society to better
safeguard the rights of refugees and migrants and share responsibility on a
we have an extraordinary opportunity to change gear,” said UN High Commissioner
for Refugees Filippo Grandi speaking at the opening of the UNGA today.
the Declaration “marks a political commitment of unprecedented force and
what has been a perennial gap in the international refugee protection system –
that of truly sharing responsibility for refugees, in the spirit of the UN
The New York
Declaration calls on countries which can resettle or reunite many more refugees
to do so. It also calls for those in the richer part of the world to recognize
their responsibility to provide timely and dependable humanitarian funding,
while robustly investing in communities that host large numbers of refugees.
Host countries are called upon to increase opportunities for refugee adults to
work and for children to go to school. The Declaration commits governments to
better address the drivers and triggers causing the record numbers of forcibly
displaced in today’s world.
Declaration also tasks UNHCR to develop a Comprehensive Refugee Response
Framework, setting out a blueprint for a stronger system with more reliable
funding and early engagement of development actors to help those forced to flee
their homes and the communities hosting them.
pledged to work with world leaders to manage forced displacement in a principled
manner, and resolve it with courage and vision. He called on governments to
provide political engagement, funding and concrete acts of solidarity in
support of host countries and pursuit of solutions for refugees.
“The world –
shocked by images of people fleeing in huge numbers and dying at sea – does not
want our intentions to remain on paper. It demands practical action and
adoption of the New York Declaration will be followed on Tuesday by a Leaders’
Summit on the Global Refugee Crisis, convened by U.S. President Barack Obama.
Here, participants are expected to make concrete pledges in the form of
additional funding, new resettlement places or more opportunities for refugees
in host communities.
Read Mr Grandi’s full remarks to the UNGA here:
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