UN / GLOBAL COMPACT REFUGEES

17-Dec-2018 00:03:10
A new international agreement to forge a stronger, fairer response to large refugee movements known as the Global Compact on Refugees was endorsed by members of the UN General Assembly (GA) to provide greater support for those fleeing their homelands, and for the countries that take them in, which are often among the poorest in the world. UNIFEED
Size
Format
Acquire
N/A
Hi-Res formats
DESCRIPTION
STORY: UN / GLOBAL COMPACT REFUGEES
TRT: 03:10
SOURCE: UNIFEED
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 17 DECEMBER 2018, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
SHOTLIST
FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

17 DECEMBER 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, dais
3. Wide shot, audience
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, High Commissioner for Refugees:
“In this world of ours which often turns its back to people in need; that has shamefully politicized even the pain of exile; that has demonized and continues to demonize refugees and migrants, and sometimes even foreigners, this Compact - in synergy with the other Compact, the Compact on Migration - can really represent tangibly a new commitment to international cooperation.”
5. Med shot, audience
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, High Commissioner for Refugees:
“The Compact is not a silver bullet that will solve all the problems, but I think that if we seriously engage in supporting it - all of us in this room, states, organizations, individuals, civil society, the private sector - really, the Compact can be transformative.”
7. Wide shot, audience applause
8. Wide shot, dais
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations:
“At a time when the principles of global cooperation are being put to the test, it is heartening to witness this historic success.”
10. Med shot, Secretary-General’s Special Representative for International Migration Louise Arbour
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations:
“In recent years, we have seen a contagion of closed borders, contrary to international refugee and human rights law. Millions of refugees are facing years in exile or risking their lives on dangerous journeys to an uncertain future.”
12. Various shots, audience applause
13. Wide shot, Grandi walks up to podium
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, High Commissioner for Refugees:
“This is a tough world in which these groups of people are often stigmatized, often singled out, politicized, often singles out as threats. And I think that one more message that the Compact, both compacts, want to put forward, that these people not only deserve compassion and protection and solidarity, but when given the opportunities, they can make a formidable contribution to the societies hosting them. And the Compact aims at providing states and communities with the tools to maximize, to create those opportunities.”
15. Med shot, Grandi at the podium
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, High Commissioner for Refugees:
“The Compact is a non-binding instrument. It’s a framework, it’s a set of tools that are offered to states, to civil society, to the private sector, to international organizations, to improve together the response to refugee flows. It’s important to understand this distinction. The Compact doesn’t oblige anybody, but the Compact offers opportunity that we hope states and others will take. But it is grounded, as far as principles go, in the refugee convention.”
15. Med shot, Grandi walks away
STORYLINE
A new international agreement to forge a stronger, fairer response to large refugee movements known as the Global Compact on Refugees was endorsed by members of the UN General Assembly (GA) today (17 Dec) to provide greater support for those fleeing their homelands, and for the countries that take them in, which are often among the poorest in the world.

At an event celebrating the GA endorsement, the head of the UN refugee agency, Filippo Grandi, said, “in this world of ours which often turns its back to people in need; that has shamefully politicized even the pain of exile; that has demonized and continues to demonize refugees and migrants, and sometimes even foreigners, this Compact - in synergy with the other Compact, the Compact on Migration - can really represent tangibly a new commitment to international cooperation.”

Grandi said the Compact was not “a silver bullet that will solve all the problems,” with the right level of support by stakeholders it, “can be transformative.”

The Compact is designed to provide a robust and systematic model to improve the lives of refugees and their host communities following two years of intensive consultations.

The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina J. Mohammed, told the gathering that “at a time when the principles of global cooperation are being put to the test, it is heartening to witness this historic success.”

Mohammed, said that “in recent years, we have seen a contagion of closed borders, contrary to international refugee and human rights law.”

She said, “Millions of refugees are facing years in exile or risking their lives on dangerous journeys to an uncertain future.”

After the meeting, Grandi spoke to reporters and said refuges and migrants “are often stigmatized, often singled out, politicized, often singles out as threats.”

The New York Declaration that was adopted in September 2016 gave birth to two compacts: one on refugees and one on migrants.

Grandi said, “both compacts, want to put forward, that these people not only deserve compassion and protection and solidarity, but when given the opportunities, they can make a formidable contribution to the societies hosting them,” and added that they aim “at providing states and communities with the tools to maximize, to create those opportunities.”

The High Commissioner said, “the Compact is a non-binding instrument. It’s a framework, it’s a set of tools that are offered to states, to civil society, to the private sector, to international organizations, to improve together the response to refugee flows.” He stressed that the Compact, “is grounded, as far as principles go, in the refugee convention.”

Refugees are persons who are outside their country of origin for reasons of feared persecution, conflict, generalized violence, or other circumstances that have seriously disturbed public order and, as a result, require international protection.

The refugee definition can be found in the 1951 Convention and regional refugee instruments, as well as the Statute of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Category
Source
Alternate Title
unifeed181217c