UN / SECURITY COUNCIL REFUGEES

18-Jun-2020 00:02:48
“Covid has stopped many things that we were doing but it doesn’t seem to have stopped war,” Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees told the Security Council on Thursday calling on its members to “depoliticize humanitarian issues including issues related to refugees and their return when it is possible.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 18 JUNE 2020, NEW YORK CITY
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1. Multiscreen, Security Council in virtual session
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
“We need a much more strategic application of development aid that tackles truly the root causes beside security and that takes into account the growing displacement element of the crisis. The security responses which have been in focus, which has been also at the center of your own discussions must also protect civilians and must also allow for humanitarian access. There needs to be a more tailored, concerted effort that help states build or rebuild social cohesion between different groups.”
3. Multiscreen, Security Council in virtual session
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
“Covid has stopped many things that we were doing but it doesn’t seem to have stopped war. Despite the call of the Secretary-General for a global ceasefire conflicts have continued to grow. Of the figure that I shared with you; 79.5 million people forcibly displaced 46 million are actually internally displaced. They are refugees in their own countries.”
5. Multiscreen, Security Council in virtual session
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
“Negative trends that we observe in terms of refugee protection in Europe, in North America, in the Asia and Pacific region are placing the right to asylum already threatened now or additionally threatened by the pandemic in further jeopardy.”
7. Multiscreen, Security Council in virtual session
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
“Please, depoliticize humanitarian issues including issues related to refugees and to their return when it is possible. We really need you, the Security Council, to work on an international posture that allows finally solutions to this conflict to emerge, that creates space for communities to actually recover, something that frequently we tend to forget.”
9. Multiscreen, Security Council in virtual session
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
“Two thirds of refugees, people crossing borders, about 26 million of that figure come from just five countries: Syria, Venezuela, Afghanistan, South Sudan and Myanmar. So, if we could make progress on solution in just one of these five countries, this would transform automatically the lives of millions of people.”
11. Multiscreen, Security Council in virtual session
STORYLINE
“Covid has stopped many things that we were doing but it doesn’t seem to have stopped war,” Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees told the Security Council on Thursday calling on its members to “depoliticize humanitarian issues including issues related to refugees and their return when it is possible.”

Two days ahead of World Refugee Day, marked on 20 June, Grandi’s office issued a report showing an unprecedented 79.5 million were displaced as of the end of 2019.

“We need a much more strategic application of development aid that tackles truly the root causes beside security and that takes into account the growing displacement element of the crisis,” Grandi said in his briefing to the Council. “There needs to be a more tailored, concerted effort that help states build or rebuild social cohesion between different groups,” he added.

46 million of those forcibly displaced are sheltering in their own country Grandi pointed out. “They are refugees in their own countries,” he said.

The High Commissioner also said that following the outbreak of the Covid-19, some three quarters of the countries have suspended the entry to asylum seekers.

“Negative trends that we observe in terms of refugee protection in Europe, in North America, in the Asia and Pacific region are placing the right to asylum already threatened now or additionally threatened by the pandemic in further jeopardy,” Grandi said.

In his speech, he urged Council members to “depoliticize humanitarian issues including issues related to refugees and their return when it is possible.”

“We really need you, the Security Council, to work on an international posture that allows finally solutions to this conflict to emerge, that creates space for communities to actually recover, something that frequently we tend to forget,” Grandi said.

UNHCR’s annual Global Trends report details the figures in the numbers of refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people as of end 2019.
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