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Secretary-General’s Statement

On my way back from Ethiopia, the largest refugee-hosting country in Africa that for decades has been keeping its borders open to hundreds of thousands of refugees from its neighbours, many times in dramatic security situations, I want to state the following:

Countries have the right, even the obligation, to responsibly manage their borders
to avoid infiltration by members of terrorist organisations.

This cannot be based on any form of discrimination related to religion, ethnicity or nationality because:

  • that is against the fundamental principles and values on which our societies are based
  • that triggers widespread anxiety and anger that may facilitate the propaganda of the very terrorist organisations we all want to fight against;
  • blind measures, not based on solid intelligence, tend to be ineffective as they risk being bypassed by what are today sophisticated global terrorist movements.

I am also particularly concerned by the decisions that around the world have been undermining the integrity of the international refugee protection regime. Refugees fleeing conflict
and persecution are finding more and more borders closed and increasingly restricted access to the protection they need and are entitled to receive, according to international refugee law.

31 January 2017

Importance Of Inclusive and Sustainable Development In Sustaining Peace

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has highlighted the importance of recognising the links between sustainable development and sustaining peace, as the world strives to tackle rising inequality and protracted conflicts. Mr. Guterres was speaking during a high-level dialogue on building sustainable peace for all, held on Tuesday at the UN Headquarters in New York. Read more on http://bit.ly/2jP6S2R