More "shared responsibility" needed for the world's refugees and migrants

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Opening remarks at press conference by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the occasion of the 71st Session of the General Assembly. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

The international community needs to "come together in a spirit of shared responsibility" for refugees and migrants.

That's one of three essential challenges on the agenda for the high-level week of the new General Assembly session, according to the UN Secretary-General.

Matthew Wells reports.

Ban Ki-moon was speaking at his annual press conference to mark the new session, and said world leaders would be gathering at a critical time.

"More countries must re-settle more people who have been forced from their homes. More countries must recognize the benefits of migration. And everyone, everywhere, must stand up against the animosity that so many refugees, migrants and minority communities face. The Declaration to be adopted at next Monday's Summit on Refugees and Migrants marks a major step forward." 

The UN chief also highlighted the battle against climate change, saying he would be "using every opportunity" to bring the Paris Agreement into force, by the end of this year.

And he said it was "essential" that the parties to the brutal civil war in Syria return to the negotiating table, on behalf of the countries "long-suffering people."

On a wider level, he added that progress was vital in "resolving conflicts and rising tensions in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East".

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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