UN: UN chief urges better nutrition for refugees

New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that millions of refugees around the world face food insecurity and the risk of malnutrition, stressing the need for stronger response to ensure that refugees are able to meet their food and nutrition needs.

"Food is a matter of life and death, especially for people on the run, we have a moral obligation to help," Ban said at a high-level event on enhancing self-reliance in food security and nutrition in protracted refugee situations, which was held on the sidelines of the ongoing 71st session of the UN General Assembly in New York.

PANA in New York reports that the event discussed the strengthening of self-reliance in food security and nutrition to support greater dignity and protection of refugees.

Recalling the discussions at the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants, the UN chief said that countries have agreed to more equitably share the responsibility for hosting and supporting the world’s refugees as well as to mobilize resources to cover humanitarian needs.

He also hailed the efforts of host communities in providing food and nutrition needs of refugees, noting that, this solidarity not only saves lives but also benefits refugees and host communities in the long-term.

Ban also stressed the importance of ensuring sustainable livelihoods for refugees and for doing so, to ensure refuges are able to access land and financial services and have freedom of movement. "These are basic to earning a living," he said.

As long-term solutions are pursued, the UN chief said that it is also important that refugees are helped to take on greater responsibility for meeting their food and nutrition needs.

"This will help the system respond better and, more importantly, it will contribute to dignity for refugees," he said, adding: "I am confident that we can help refugees become more self-reliant. They are eager to use their energy to better their communities."

World leaders on Monday at the UN headquarters adopted the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, in which they expressed their political will to protect the rights of refugees and migrants, to save lives and share responsibility for large movements on a global scale.

The New York Declaration aims to bring countries together behind a more humane and coordinated approach to support refugees and migrants around the world.
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20 september 2016 06:25:15

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