UN: UN chief urges world leaders to show solidarity with refugees

New York, US (PANA) - As the world faces the biggest refugee and displacement crisis,
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday reiterated a call to leaders across
Europe and throughout the world to show greater solidarity as they strive to combat
the deeper roots of conflict and continue to work towards securing human rights
for all.

Speaking at a side event on development challenges of forced displacement at the
annual spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank
Group, holding in Washington DC, US, the UN chief recalled his visit in March with
World Bank President Jim Yong Kim to the Middle East region, including Jordan and

Ban said they heard the stories of thousands of refugees, and he was deeply moved,
especially by the dreams and resolve of the young people, saying: "Above all, this is
not just a crisis of numbers – it is also a crisis of solidarity."

He also said that today’s internal displacement and refugee crises are signs of deeper
challenges that must be resolved from Syria to Afghanistan to South Sudan.

To that end, he said that he will be convening the first-ever World Humanitarian
Summit in Istanbul, Turkey next month to provide a platform to put a focus on root
causes and prevention, to bridge the gap between humanitarian and development
assistance, and to improve our global response to forced displacement.

The UN chief also stressed that world leaders must recognize that today’s internal
displacement and refugee crises are signs of deeper challenges, and show greater
solidarity not just through relief, but through resettlement and other legal pathways.

According to him, "refugees have a right to asylum, and not bias and barbed wire."

He also noted that he, too, was once a displaced person, and emphasized that
refugees bring new skills and dynamism into aging work forces, and are "famously
devoted" to education and self-reliance.

"When managed properly, accepting refugees is a win for everyone, and
demonizing them is not only morally wrong, it is factually wrong," he added.

A UN statement on Friday also said that Ban also spoke at the Inaugural  
Assembly Meeting of the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition, which brings
together multilateral organizations, governments and the private sector.

It said the UN chief emphasized that it is essential for multilateral financial
institutions and the private sector to provide the policy instruments and
resources needed to support the transformation to a low-carbon, and
climate-resilient economy.

He said: "Markets must play a central role in managing climate risks, and we
must put a price on pollution, and provide incentives to accelerate a low
carbon pathway.

"Market prices, market indices and investment portfolios can no longer
continue to ignore the growing cost of unsustainable production and
consumption behaviours on the health of our planet," Ban said.

He also hailed the Inaugural Assembly as an "important step" in
consolidating the gains made in the Paris Agreement, and said that he
was "very encouraged" to see that businesses view carbon pricing as
an efficient, cost-effective means of reducing emissions.

"Momentum is building. However, we must ensure the provision of timely
and meaningful assistance to developing and vulnerable countries for
their mitigation efforts. Promises made must be kept," Ban said.

The UN chief also added: "Greater international cooperation is vital for
building a low-carbon, and climate resilient world."
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