World leaders stand together to protect refugees and migrants

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the opening segment of the UN high-level summit on large movements of refugees and migrants. UN Photo/Cia Pak

World leaders have been urged to commit to a UN campaign which aims to uphold the rights and dignity of people forced to flee their homes.

The campaign, "Together – Respect, Safety and Dignity for All," is a response to what the UN Secretary-General sees as rising xenophobia against refugees and migrants.

Dianne Penn reports.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon launched the campaign on Monday, as world leaders gathered in New York for a summit on the global refugee and migrant challenge.

The campaign was called for in the summit's outcome document, known as the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants.

Commitments in the declaration include developing guidelines on the treatment of migrants in vulnerable situations, and more equitable sharing of the burden and responsibility of hosting and supporting refugees.

Peter Thomson is President of the UN General Assembly.

"This outcome document reflects the collective commitment of the international community to protect the human rights of all people regardless of their migration status; to strengthen support for countries most affected, to increase volume or and access to humanitarian assistance, to recognize the positive contribution of migrants, and to enhance international cooperation on migration."

With more than 65 million people worldwide forced to flee their homes, Mr Thomson said the summit and its outcome document "could not be more timely."

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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