US: US to strengthen international response to global refugee crisis

New York, US (PANA) - US Secretary of State, Mr. John Kerry, on Friday announced in Davos, Switzerland, that the US is seeking new international commitments to strengthen the international response to the global refugee crisis.  

"This effort responds to the growing numbers and needs of refugee populations around the world, and reflects our sense of urgency about expanding the humanitarian safety net and creating more long-term, durable opportunities for refugees," Mr. Kerry said.

A statement from the US State Department, made available to PANA in New York, quoted the US Secretray of State as saying: "The United States will work with partners to advance the initiative over the coming months, culminating in a high-level event to be hosted by President Obama on the margins of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly in New York."

He noted that participants at the UN General Assembly meeting will be asked to make
commitments in the following areas: broader and deeper commitment to funding UN
humanitarian appeals, in order to create a stronger and more sustainable funding base for UN humanitarian appeals.

He also said that 'the US is seeking commitments to regular contributions from at least 10 new nations. In tandem with that effort, we will seek at least a 30 percent increase in financing for global humanitarian appeals, from US$10 billion in 2015 to US$13 billion this year."

Another commitment, Mr. Kerry said, is expanded resettlement and other legal channels for humanitarian admissions, "in order to create a brighter future for some of the world’s most vulnerable people, our goal is for nations with existing legal pathways for refugee admission to make commitments that double the global number of resettled refugees and those afforded other legal channels of admission, and for nations without such programmes to establish them."

Others are facilitating refugee inclusion and self-Reliance to enable refugees to meet their own needs and contribute to communities that host them.

In that regard, he said that US seeks commitments to increase the number of refugees worldwide in school by one million, and the number of refugees granted the legal right to work by one million, saying: "We believe that at least 10 nations must strengthen their refugee policies and practices to help reach these goals."  

The US scribe also disclosed that the US would announce significant new commitments over the coming months and will strongly encourage other nations to do the same.  

"The President’s Summit will convene those nations that have made significant new
commitments toward achieving the Summit’s core goals throughout the course of 2016, encouraging the international community to do more than we have in the past," Mr. Kerry added.
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