Turning to the issue of migration, the Secretary-General announced that he will be traveling to the Greek island of Lesbos next week to assess the situation and to show his solidarity.
Hundreds of Syrians and other refugees and migrants continue to die in the Mediterranean while making perilous journeys out of war and persecution,” he said. “I have listened to the stories, hopes and fears of many refugees in recent months, to understand this challenge based on their first-hand experience,” he added.
As the global community formulates a global response to adopt at the upcoming High-Level Meeting on large-scale movements of refugees and migrants in September, Mr. Ban said he looks forward to continuing to work with Member States “to meet this test of our common humanity.”
The Secretary-General also took the opportunity at the press encounter to highlight some other challenges affecting the “wide sweep” of the UN’s work, such as keeping up momentum on the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement; building on the progress of last month’s World Humanitarian Summit; and doing more to resolve major threats to international peace and security.
Responding to questions, Mr. Ban told one correspondent that in the course of making reports available to the Member States or in the course of preparing these reports, the Organization has found that some countries were more concerned that their names are listed together with some non-State actors, like terrorist and extremist groups.
“Therefore, I think the main reaction of the Coalition is also that their names are included and listed together with some terrorist and extremist groups. Therefore, we are now in the process of considering what would be the better modalities of listing those countries,” he explained, but reiterated that no decision has been made as the matter is still being discussed.