UN: UN chief tasks international community on refugees' wellbeing

New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday urged the international community to address the root causes of displacement and more evenly share the responsibility for the welfare of migrants and refugees.

"We are facing tremendous challenges in addressing the needs of so many desperate people fleeing war and persecution,” Ban said at a press conference in Athens, Greece.

PANA reports the UN chief is in Greece to meet with the Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and other senior government officials have on migration and refugees issues.

A transcript of the media briefing made available to PANA in New York, quoted Ban as acknowledging Greece's important contributions to the UN across the international agenda, and thanked the people of Greece for their global citizenship.

He said: “Despite the country's own economic troubles, Greece has been generous in saving lives. However, Greece should not be left to address this challenge on its own."

“I remain deeply distressed at the high number of deaths in the Mediterranean.

"We must work together to protect people and address the root causes of displacement. I continue to call for greater sharing of this responsibility across Europe and, indeed, across the world," the UN chief stated.

Ban also commended Greece for its active engagement with the UN Human Rights Council, noting that Greece had put in place an important coordination mechanism to address various human rights challenges including migration, asylum and related issues.

The UN chief also discussed the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the climate change challenge, noting that, Greece had joined 176 other nations in signing the landmark Paris Agreement two months ago in New York.

“Now we must bring the agreement into force as soon as possible and work for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” he stressed.
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