UNHCR / GRANDI EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

05-Oct-2020 00:01:38
At the opening of UNHCR's annual Executive Committee meeting, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi urged continued support to better prepare for an uncertain future. During the pandemic, sustaining aid will mitigate marginalization that will be more costly to address later, Grandi tells high-level meeting. UNHCR
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STORY: UNHCR / GRANDI EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
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SOURCE: UNHCR
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH /NATS

DATELINE: 5 OCTOBER 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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1. Wide shot, Assembly Hall
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees: “Stopping the virus and offering protection is not and must not be a zero-sum equation. Both are possible and lives can be saved.”
3. Med shot, Grandi speaking at the podium
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees:
“Resettlement to third countries remains a vital alternative at least for the most vulnerable. I would be remiss though if I did not express deep disappointment with the overall levels of resettlement places available. In 2019, just over 100,000 fewer than 64,000 refugees were resettled; less than one quarter of one percent of the world’s refugees, in a constantly declining trend.”
5. Med shot, Grandi speaking at the podium
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees:
“We know that climate induced displacement is going to continue and worsen. The question is also how to prevent, mitigate, and prepare before it happens.”
7. Med shot, Grandi speaking at the podium
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees:
“Maintaining aid levels will be a relatively inexpensive way to save lives, protect the vulnerable, and help them live in dignity and security. It will mitigate the instability likely to rise from growing pockets of marginalization, which will be much more costly to address later.”
9. Wide shot, Assembly Hall
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At the opening of UNHCR's annual Executive Committee meeting, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi urged continued support to better prepare for an uncertain future. During the pandemic, sustaining aid will mitigate marginalization that will be more costly to address later, Grandi tells high-level meeting.

Maintaining levels of humanitarian aid is a relatively inexpensive way to save lives and protect the vulnerable despite the mounting economic challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees told the opening of UNHCR's annual Executive Committee meeting today.

The economic and financial consequences of the coronavirus are affecting all countries, including those whose contributions form the backbone of UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency’s yearly income, Grandi said. But maintaining aid and especially humanitarian budgets will be a “relatively inexpensive way to save lives, protect the vulnerable, and help them live in dignity and security,” Grandi said.

“It will mitigate the instability likely to rise from growing pockets of marginalization, which will be much more costly to address later,” he added.

The Executive Committee of the High Commissioner's Programme (ExCom) meets in Geneva annually to review and approve the agency’s programmes and budget, advise on international protection and discuss a range of other issues with UNHCR and intergovernmental and non-governmental partners.
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