UN / GLOBAL COMPACT REFUGEES

24-Sep-2018 00:03:16
UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said that the international community needs to find solutions to the “intractable problems” on refugees, adding that “we owe it to millions of uprooted and displaced people and we owe it to their generous hosts.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / GLOBAL COMPACT REFUGEES
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / SPANISH / NATS

DATELINE: 24 SEPTEMBER 2018, NEW YORK CITY
SHOTLIST
1.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters
2.Various shots, ECOSOC Chamber
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees:
“Please, help me today, help UNHCR today say to the international community that better ways to deal with something that many consider as intractable problems, that better ways are possible. We owe it to millions of uprooted and displaced people and we owe it to their generous hosts.”
4.Wide shot, podium
5.SOUNDBITE (English) Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh:
“While we are providing them with best necessities, the magnitude of the problem has caused serious challenges to us. We have allocated over 600 acres of land, diversion of human and other resources for the Rohingyas has taken toll on our society, environment and economy.”
6.Wide shot, delegates
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh:
“Most of these refugee hosting countries are developing countries with their own sets of challenges. If they respond to the call for humanity, the world must recognize their contribution and help those countries to shoulder those burdens. The world leaders must come forward with political will and commitment.”
8.Wide shot, podium
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey:
“Unfortunately, the heavy burden of humanitarian consequences of the Syrian crisis has been left on the Turkish shoulders. Commitments have not been fulfilled. Our calls for more burdens and responsibility share fell on deaf ears. However, we have continued to pursue our humanitarian approach to this problem.”
10.Wide shot, podium
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey:
“The current situation for the refugees is unsustainable. Certainly closing the boarders and building fences are not the right answers. Developed countries should lead in developing burden sharing initiatives in finding sustainable solutions to refugee and migration crisis.”
12. Wide shot, podium
13. SOUNDBTIE (Spanish) Epsy Campbell Barr, Vice President of Costa Rica:
“We’ve witnessed how much migrants and refugees have contributed to the development of our economy in a peaceful, coexistence and respecting culture diversity. All countries believe that we have the responsibility of protecting people who had to leave or flee their countries. The international cooperation activities that we must promote have to be in a frame of suitability.”
14. Wide shot, ECOSOC chamber
STORYLINE
UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said that the international community needs to find solutions to the “intractable problems” on refugees, adding that “we owe it to millions of uprooted and displaced people and we owe it to their generous hosts.”

Speaking at a meeting called Global Compact on Refugees, Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, whose country is hosting large number of Rohingya refugees told Member States that “while we are providing them with best necessities, the magnitude of the problem has caused serious challenges to us. We have allocated over 600 acres of land, diversion of human and other resources for the Rohingyas has taken toll on our society, environment and economy.”

The Bangladeshi Prime Minister also said that most of the hosting countries are developing countries “with their own sets of challenges.”

She said “if they respond to the call for humanity, the world must recognize their contribution and help those countries to shoulder those burdens. The world leaders must come forward with political will and commitment.”

The Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said “unfortunately, the heavy burden of humanitarian consequences of the Syrian crisis has been left on the Turkish shoulders.”

He said “commitments have not been fulfilled. Our calls for more burdens and responsibility share fell on deaf ears. However, we have continued to pursue our humanitarian approach to this problem.”

Çavuşoğlu also reiterated, “the current situation for the refugees is unsustainable. Certainly closing the boarders and building fences are not the right answers. Developed countries should lead in developing burden sharing initiatives in finding sustainable solutions to refugee and migration crisis.”

Epsy Campbell Barr, the Vice President of Costa Rica, whose country in recent years is hosting growing number of refugees from Venezuela, North and Central America, Colombia, and Nicaragua told the Member States that “we’ve witnessed how much migrants and refugees have contributed to the development of our economy in a peaceful, coexistence and respecting culture diversity.”

Barr added that though countries have the responsibility to protect people who had to leave or flee their countries, “the international cooperation activities that we must promote, have to be in a frame of suitability.”

As part of the follow up to the 2016 New York Declaration, the High Commissioner for Refugees will propose a Global Compact on Refugees in his annual report to the General Assembly in 2018.

The Global Compact on Refugees will comprise two complementary parts. One is the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework, as agreed by Member States in Annex I to the New York Declaration, supplemented by preambular and concluding paragraphs. The other part is a programme of action underpinning the Framework that sets out actions that can be taken— both by Member States and by other relevant stakeholders—to ensure its full implementation.
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