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Remarks By UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson

Remarks At Closing Session Of High-Level Plenary Meeting On Addressing Large Movements Of Refugees and Migrants 19 September

Mr President, Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates,This has been an historic day. On behalf of the Secretary-General, I congratulate Member States for adopting by consensus the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants. This shows that despite differing perspectives we can unite around common principles and around core commitments to refugees and migrants.  

Large movements of refugees and migrants present some of the most challenging issues of our time. Individually, many Member States have demonstrated positive approaches to refugees and migrants.  They have saved the lives of migrants at sea. They have treated migrants humanely. They have extended protection to refugees.

Press Release On New York Declaration For Refugees And Migrants Adopted By All Member States At Historic UN Summit

UN logo 279UNITED NATIONS, New York – Monday, 19 September 2016 – World leaders came together at the United Nations General Assembly today to adopt the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants which expresses the political will of world leaders to protect the rights of refugees and migrants, to save lives and share responsibility for large movements on a global scale.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated Member States saying: “Today’s Summit represents a breakthrough in our collective efforts to address the challenges of human mobility.” He said the adoption of the New York Declaration will mean that “more children can attend school; more workers can securely seek jobs abroad, instead of being at the mercy of criminal smugglers, and more people will have real choices about whether to move once we end conflict, sustain peace and increase opportunities at home.”

Over 140 World Leaders Gather at UN in New York

Sustainable Development Goals logos

19-23 September

Since the unanimous adoption of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the cornerstone of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015, governments, the private sector and civil society are quickly moving to take the action that we need to end poverty, address inequalities and tackle climate change by 2030.

To mark the first year anniversary, a number of high-level events and side events are taking place from 19 to 23 September.

Who:    
Heads of State and Government, joined by leaders from the private sector, civil society organisations, academia and senior UN officials

What:  
Key intergovernmental events plus dozens of other meetings and side events by governments, UN agencies and leaders from civil society, foundations and the private sector will raise awareness around many issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals. Please note all events listed below are subject to change.

When: 
19-23 September 2016, with more events occurring before and after

Where: 
United Nations Headquarters (and surrounding venues)
High-level events will be webcast live at http://webtv.un.org/

 Next page for information on events and their contacts

United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants

UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants 

The UN General Assembly will host a high-level summit to address large movements of refugees and migrants, with the aim of bringing countries together behind a more humane and coordinated approach on Monday 19 September 2016 at the UNHQ in New York.

The large forced displacement of populations is now a global crisis that requires a collective effort by the international community, led by world leaders. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on everyone to work together to define a clear path forward guided by international refugee law, human rights and humanitarian law.

Ms Karen AbuZayd, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on the Summit gave a briefing to Diplomats via webex  at our office last week – listen to Ms Karen AbuZayd remarks.

For more information on the Summit

The UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants – 19 September New York

3f629a68-8a54-43b3-a537-789a67264dfa (1)The United Nations General Assembly will convene the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants on 19 September to guide the development of a global approach to addressing large movements of persons across international borders. The political declaration adopted at the Summit will strengthen the commitment to ensuring the human rights, safety and dignity of all refugees and migrants, and will set in motion a process to create a more predictable, systematic and equitable way of managing international migration for the future.

It is the first time that world leaders are coming together at the United Nations to address both issues of refugees and migrants.  It is an historic opportunity for the world to agree on a better response to large movements of refugees and migrants at a time when we are witnessing an unprecedented level of human mobility.

The number of international migrants today is higher than ever before. In 2015, 244 million people lived in a country other than where they were born, including more than 20 million refugees and asylum-seekers escaping violence or persecution in their home countries.

United Nations Secretary General Press Conference – Content of report on conflict-affected children ‘will not change,’ asserts Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Sspeaks to the Media at Security Council stakeout on a wide range of topics

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Sspeaks to the Media at Security Council stakeout on a wide range of topics 

9 June 2016 – Standing by his decision to remove the Saudi-led Coalition in Yemen from his latest report on conflict-affected children, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said it was one of the most ‘painful and difficult decisions’ he has ever had to make, and that it is ‘unacceptable’ for Member States to exert undue pressure as scrutiny is necessary part of the work of the UN.

“The report describes horrors no child should have to face,” said Mr. Ban speaking to the press outside of the UN Security Council chamber, where he acknowledged that the “fierce reaction to my decision to temporarily remove the Saudi-led Coalition countries from the report’s annex.”

“At the same time, I also had to consider the very real prospect that millions of other children would suffer grievously if, as was suggested to me, countries would de-fund many UN programmes. Children already at risk in Palestine, South Sudan, Syria, Yemen and so many other places would fall further into despair,” he stressed.

Insisting that he stands by the report, the UN chief added that the Organization “will assess the complaints that have been made, but the content will not change.”

“I fully understand the criticism, but I would also like to make a larger point that speaks to many political challenges we face. When UN peacekeepers come under physical attack, they deserve strong backing by the Security Council,” he stated. “When UN personnel are declared persona non grata simply for carrying out their jobs, they should be able to count on firm support from the Member States,” he said.

Mr. Ban also underlined that when a UN report comes “under fire” for raising difficult issues or documenting violations of law or human rights, Member States should defend the mechanisms and mandates that they themselves have established.

“As the Secretariat carries forward the work that is entrusted to us, I count on Member States to work constructively and maintain their commitment to the cause of this Organization,” he told reporters.

Official Visit to Australia Postponed Due to Protection Concerns

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The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Francois Crépeau, today announced the postponement of his planned official visit to Australia due to the lack of full cooperation from the Government regarding protection concerns and access to detention centres. Continue reading

UN Human Rights Expert To Assess Situation Of Migrants In Australia

Australia  (22 September 2014) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, will visit Australia from 27 September to 9 October 2015 to assess the migration programmes, policies and laws developed by the Australian authorities in recent years. Continue reading

Deadly Milestone as Mediterranean Migrant Deaths Pass 2,000

Deadly Milestone as Mediterranean Migrant Deaths Pass 2,000Over 2,000 migrants have died so far this year trying to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe, confirming this as the deadliest route for migrants in search of a better life. In the same period last year, 1,607 migrants perished. A total of 3,279 lost their lives in 2014. As in 2014, the overwhelming majority died in Continue reading