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Leaders adopt global declaration on refugees


09-20-2016 12:13 BJT

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World leaders attending the U.N. summit for Refugees and Migrants have pledged to build a comprehensive response framework for the ongoing crisis.

There are 21.3 million refugees globally today. Leaders have committed to spend the next two years negotiating global compacts on refugees and their safe, orderly and regular migration.

“The New York Declaration marks a political commitment of unprecedented force and resonance,” said Filippo Grandi, U.N. High Commissioner for refugees.

“It fills what has been a perennial gap in the international protection system, that of truly sharing responsibility for refugees in the spirit of the United Nations charter.”

The landmark declaration contains commitments on protecting the human rights of all refugees and migrants.

These goals include ensuring that all refugee and migrant children receive education within a few months of arrival, addressing sexual and gender-based violence, support for countries rescuing, receiving and hosting large numbers of refugees and migrants, finding new homes for all refugees identified by the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees as needing resettlement.

The U.N. also aims to strengthen the global governance of migration by bringing the International Organization for Migration into the U.N. system.

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