UN / OBAMA REFUGEES

20-Sep-2016 00:02:24
US President Barack Obama said the current refugee crisis is "one of the most urgent tests of our time" directly linked to "our ability to end conflict." UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 20 SEPTEMBER 2016, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters
2. Med shot, IOM Director General William Lacy Swing
3. Med shot, Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
4. Med shot, US Secretary of State John Kerry
5. Wide shot, Trusteeship Council
6. Pan right, US President Barack Obama arrives
7. Wide shot, Obama walks up to the podium
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Barack Obama, President, United States:
“This crisis is one of the most urgent tests of our time, our capacity for collective action. A test, first and foremost, of our ability to end conflicts, because so many of the world’s refugees come from just three countries ravaged by war, Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia.”
9. Med shot, delegates
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Barack Obama, President, United States:
“That little boy on the beach could be our son, or our grandson. And we cannot avert our eyes, or turn our backs. To slam the door on the face of these families would betray our deepest values. It would deny our own heritage as nations, including the United States of America, that have been built by immigrants and refugees, and would be to ignore a teaching at the heart of so many faiths, that we do onto others as we would have them do onto us.”
11. Wide shot, Obama walks away
12. Med shot, Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan walks to podium
13. SOUNDBITE (Turkish) Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President, Turkey:
“As Turkey, with a humanitarian centred approached, we have kept our borders wide open to everyone fleeing tyranny and oppression. And that is what we are committed to continuing to do, regardless of ethnic origin and belief, sect, or disposition. We have approached everyone coming to our country with the same sensitivity. We try to cater to every kind of needs of the Syrian and Iraqi refugees whose current number has already reached 3 million.”
14. Med shot, Olympic refugee swimmer Yusra Mardini at the podium
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Yusra Mardini, Swimmer, Olympic Refugee Team:
“I want to help change people’s perceptions of what a refugee is. For everyone to understand it is not a choice to flee from your home. And that refugees are normal people who can achieve great things if given the opportunity.”
16. Wide shot, Mardini walks away
STORYLINE
United States President Barack Obama, today (20 Sep) said the current refugee crisis “is one of the most urgent tests of our time.”

Obama said it was a test “first and foremost, of our ability to end conflicts, because so many of the world’s refugees come from just three countries ravaged by war, Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia.”

The US President was joined by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon as well as leaders from Canada, Ethiopia, Germany, Jordan, Mexico, and Sweden in hosting the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees, culminating a sustained effort to rally nations to step up their efforts in response to the largest mass displacement crisis since the Second World War.

Obama said Aylan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian boy whose image made headlines last year after he drowned in the Mediterranean Sea, “could be our son, or our grandson.”

He said that “to slam the door on the face of these families would betray our deepest values. It would deny our own heritage as nations.”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the summit that his country “with a humanitarian centred approach” has kept its borders “wide open to everyone fleeing tyranny and oppression.”

He said “that is what we are committed to continuing to do, regardless of ethnic origin and belief, sect, or disposition.”

Syrian swimmer Yusra Mardini, who competed for the Olympic Refugee Team in Rio, said
“I want to help change people’s perceptions of what a refugee is. For everyone to understand it is not a choice to flee from your home. And that refugees are normal people who can achieve great things if given the opportunity.”

Fifty-two countries and international organizations participated in the Summit, announcing commitments that cumulatively increased their total 2016 financial contributions to UN appeals and international humanitarian organizations by approximately $4.5 billion over 2015 levels.
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