GENEVA / SYRIA CONFERENCE WRAP

30-Mar-2016 00:02:34
Addressing a one-day, high-level conference in Geneva on Syrian refugees, senior United Nations officials stressed the needs to provide resettlement and other answers for their plight, urging third countries to share those responsibilities with Syria's immediate neighbours. UNTV CH / UNHCR
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STORY: GENEVA / SYRIA CONFERENCE WRAP
TRT: 02:34
SOURCE: UNTV CH / UNHCR
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 30 MARCH 2016 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
SHOTLIST
1. Aerial shot, Palais des Nations
2. Wide shot, Conference Meeting Room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I am determined that the United Nations must do everything in its power to help Syrian refugee children – and all refugees – to keep their dreams alive, as it did for me and for Korean people at the time.”
4. Med shot, Ban Ki-moon at podium
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Today, I ask that countries act with solidarity, in the name of our shared humanity, by pledging new and additional pathways for the admission of Syrian refugees. These pathways can include resettlement or humanitarian admission, family reunions, as well as labour or study opportunities. States have pledged more than 178,000 places so far. I call on you to expand on these commitments – and I urge other countries to join.”
6. Med shot, Ban Ki-moon and Filippo Grandi at the podium
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, High Commissioner for Refugees, United Nations:
“Our aim is to find a form of admission for 10 percent of the Syrian refugee population, or 480,000 people, over the next three years. This may seem a large number, but it is not if compared to the number of refugees the neighbouring countries have been hosting. If Europe were to welcome the same percentage of refugees as Lebanon in comparison to its population, it would have to take in 100 million refugees.”
8. Wide shot, Secretary-General and High Commissioner walking to the press conference
9. Wide shot, Secretary-General and High Commissioner arriving at the presser
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations :
“The main purpose of this meeting is to renew our commitment and give those refugees hope.”
11. Wide shot, journalists
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, High Commissioner for Refugees, United Nations :
“Legal pathways for admission are a very powerful alternative to the dangerous journeys especially for vulnerable people. So the sooner the more people will be discourage from resorting to boats and other means of movement.”
13. Wide shot, reports
14. Med shot, Ban and Grandi shaking hands
STORYLINE
Countries around the world are being urged to pledge their support to help Syrian refugees, by offering to resettle those who have been forced to flee their homes or by helping them to rebuild their lives in a variety of other ways.

Speaking at the opening of a conference on the global responsibility for Syrian refugees at the United Nations in Geneva Wednesday (30 Mar), Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, said asked countries to "act with solidarity, in the name of our shared humanity, by pledging new and additional pathways for the admission of Syrian refugees. These pathways can include resettlement or humanitarian admission, family reunions, as well as labour or study opportunities. States have pledged more than 178,000 places so far. I call on you to expand on these commitments – and I urge other countries to join.”

Representatives from around 92 countries, six inter-governmental organizations, 14 UN agencies and 24 non-governmental organizations are all attending the conference to address the biggest refugee and displacement crisis of our time.

Some 4.8 million Syrians have been forced to flee across borders by five years of war, while another 6.6 million are internally displaced. While talks are underway to find lasting peace, the UN chief said more countries need to step up and provide solutions for Syrian refugees.

The Secretary-General highlighted the hospitality shown by Syria’s neighbours. Lebanon has taken in more than one million Syrians, Turkey hosts more than 2.7 million, a further 600,000 refugees are in Jordan, 250,000 are in Iraq and nearly 120,000 are in Egypt.

UNHCR estimates that at least 10 percent of Syrian refugees, around 480,000 people, need resettlement or another form of admission into a third country.

United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said, “our aim is to find a form of admission for ten percent of the Syrian refugee population, or 480,000 people, over the next three years. This may seem a large number, but it is not if compared to the number of refugees the neighbouring countries have been hosting. If Europe were to welcome the same percentage of refugees as Lebanon in comparison to its population, it would have to take in 100 million refugees.”

In a joint press conference after the meeting, Ban told reporters, “the main purpose of this meeting is to renew our commitment and give those refugees hope.”

Filippo Grandi said, “legal pathways for admission are a very powerful alternative to the dangerous journeys especially for vulnerable people. So the sooner the more people will be discourage from resorting to boats and other means of movement.”

Today’s meeting in Geneva will be followed up by the World Humanitarian Summit on the 23rd and 24th May in Istanbul, where displacement will be high on the agenda.
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