UN: World leaders adopt declaration to protect rights of refugees, migrants

New York, US (PANA) - World leaders on Monday at the UN headquarters adopted the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, which 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.

PANA in New York reports that the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants was adopted by all the 193 UN member states at a historic UN high-level summit to address large movements of refugees and migrants, with the aim of bringing countries together behind a more humane and coordinated approach.

Speaking after the adoption of the declaration, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated the leaders, saying: "Today’s Summit represents a breakthrough in our collective efforts to address the challenges of human mobility."

The UN chief said: "The adoption of the New York Declaration will mean that more children can attend school, more workers can securely seek jobs abroad, instead of being at the mercy of criminal smugglers, and more people will have real choices about whether to move once we end conflict, sustain peace and increase opportunities at home."

"By adopting the New York Declaration, UN member states are making bold commitments including: to start negotiations leading to an international conference and the adoption of a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration in 2018, to develop guidelines on the treatment of migrants in vulnerable situations, to achieve a more equitable sharing of the burden and responsibility for hosting and supporting the world’s refugees by adopting a global compact on refugees in 2018," he said.

As called for in the New York Declaration, Ban also launched a new campaign tagged: "Together – Respect, Safety and Dignity for All", to respond to rising xenophobia and turn fear into hope.

He also urged world leaders to join the new campaign and commit together to upholding the rights and dignity of everyone forced by circumstance to flee their homes in search of a better life.

On his part, President of the UN General Assembly, Mr. Peter Thomson, said: "I will take forward the commitment of the UN membership to begin a process leading to a global compact on migration, as well as to support a global compact on refugees."

Mr. Thomson urged the UN member states to maintain their high levels of ambition throughout these processes, and to always reach for the higher ground, noting that, "the fate of millions of refugees and migrants rests with us."

Also on Monday, the UN chief and the Director-General of the International Organization for Migration, Mr. William Swing, signed the new agreement by which IOM becomes a UN agency, in order to strengthen the comprehensive global approach to migration.

The commitments of the declaration included the need to protect the human rights of all refugees and migrants, regardless of status, which includes the rights of women and girls and promoting their full, equal and meaningful participation in finding solutions, ensuring that all refugee and migrant children are receiving education within a few months of arrival and the prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence.

Others are support those countries rescuing, receiving and hosting large numbers of refugees and migrants, work towards ending the practice of detaining children for the purposes of determining their migration status, strongly condemn xenophobia against refugees and migrants and support a global campaign to counter it, and strengthen the positive contributions made by migrants to economic and social development in their host countries.

Also, the declaration stressed the need to improve the delivery of humanitarian and development assistance to those countries most affected, including through innovative multilateral financial solutions, with the goal of closing all funding gaps, implement a comprehensive refugee response, based on a new framework that sets out the responsibility of UN member states, civil society partners and the UN system, whenever there is a large movement of refugees or a protracted refugee situation.

The declaration also called for concrete plans for how to build on these commitments by starting negotiations leading to an international conference and the adoption of a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration in 2018, develop guidelines on the treatment of migrants in vulnerable situations.

It noted that these guidelines will be particularly important for the increasing number of unaccompanied children on the move, and the need to achieve a more equitable sharing of the burden and responsibility for hosting and supporting the world’s refugees by adopting a global compact on refugees in 2018.
-0- PANA AA/VAO 19Sept2016

19 september 2016 14:51:27




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