2018 World Refugees Day: UN Secretary-General calls for solidarity, compassion and action towards refugees
The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres has called on the all and sundry to demonstrate solidarity and compassion backed with action towards the over 68 million people around the world are refugees or internally displaced as a result of conflict or persecution the world marks the 2018 Refugees Day which falls on today, June 20, 2018.
In his video message released for the day, Mr António Guterres expressed his concern for support towards refugees who are not receiving the protection they need and to which they are entitled, adding, “We must all think about what more we can do to help”.
Read the full message below:
Video message for World Refugees Day
20 June 2018
What would you do if you were forced to leave your home?
Today, more than 68 million people around the world are refugees or internally displaced as a result of conflict or persecution.
That is equivalent to the population of the world’s 20th largest country.
Last year, someone was displaced every two seconds.
Mostly, in poorer countries.
On World Refugee Day, we must all think about what more we can we do to help.
The answer begins with unity and solidarity.
I am deeply concerned to see more and more situations where refugees are not receiving the protection they need and to which they are entitled.
We need to re-establish the integrity of the international refugee protection regime.
In today’s world, no community or country providing safe refuge to people fleeing war or persecution should be alone and unsupported.
We stand together, or we fail.
This year, a Global Compact on Refugees will be presented to the UN General Assembly.
It offers a way forward and recognizes the contributions that refugees make to the societies hosting them.
As long as there are wars and persecution, there will be refugees.
On World Refugee Day, I ask you to remember them.
Their story is one of resilience, perseverance and courage.
Ours must be of solidarity, compassion and action.
By Joseph Kobla Wemakor/UNIC