UNHCR / GRANDI EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

09-Oct-2023 00:03:05
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said, “The world is increasingly divided, fragmented and inward looking,” adding that “forty-four new emergencies in 31 countries, capping off an awful record of number of crises in one year.” UNHCR
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STORY: UNHCR / GRANDI EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
TRT: 3:05
SOURCE: UNHCR
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 09 OCTOBER 2023, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
SHOTLIST
1.Various shots, opening session of executive committee
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR:
“The world is increasingly divided, fragmented and inward looking. Far too many politicians portray cooperation as capitulation. They foment culture wars to divide into us and them. They tolerate, if not espouse racism, xenophobia, misinformation, disinformation, religious hatred and hate speech.”
3. Wide shot, conference room
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR:
“Sudan today, Ukraine last year or Ethiopia the year before, or Syria, Myanmar, the Sahel, South Sudan, Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and many others all before that.”
5. Wide shot, conference room
6.SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR:
“Forty-four new emergencies in 31 countries, capping off an awful record of number of crises in one year.”
7. Wide shot, conference room
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR:
“The consequences of financial shortfalls are stark, affecting refugees and displaced people and putting pressure on host countries which remain the largest donors to refugees. We have already seen worrying cuts to food assistance in Bangladesh and Jordan and several African countries, resulting in increased onward movement for some and negative coping mechanism for others with funding shortfalls, leading, for example, also to reduced protection services like in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, one of the places where these protection services are most dramatically needed.”
9. Wide shot, conference room
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR:
“Let's debunk the myth that all refugees and migrants are heading to rich countries. Many or even most will exit at the first safe and viable opportunity if it is available. Let's remember that 69 percent of refugees, for example, are in countries neighboring their own. And nearly 90 percent of all forcibly displaced people remain in low- and middle-income countries.”
11. Wide shot, conference room
STORYLINE
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said, “The world is increasingly divided, fragmented and inward looking,” adding that “Forty-four new emergencies in 31 countries, capping off an awful record of number of crises in one year.”

The High Commissioner today (09 Oct) addressed the Executive Committee of the High Commissioner’s Programme in Geneva.

He said, “The consequences of financial shortfalls are stark, affecting refugees and displaced people and putting pressure on host countries which remain the largest donors to refugees. We have already seen worrying cuts to food assistance in Bangladesh and Jordan and several African countries, resulting in increased onward movement for some and negative coping mechanism for others with funding shortfalls, leading, for example, also to reduced protection services like in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, one of the places where these protection services are most dramatically needed.”

Grandi also said, “Let's debunk the myth that all refugees and migrants are heading to rich countries. Many or even most will exit at the first safe and viable opportunity if it is available.”

He added, “Let's remember that 69 percent of refugees, for example, are in countries neighboring their own. And nearly 90 percent of all forcibly displaced people remain in low- and middle-income countries.”
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