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.