Remarks on World Refugee Day
UNHCR Film Event
Mr. Nicholas Rosellini, UN Resident Coordinator in China
13:30-16:30 20th June 2017
Dear Mr. Francis Ewe Lee Teoh, UNHCR Representative a.i. in China
Dear Ms. Yao Chen, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador
Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentleman, Colleagues
I am delighted that you could all joins us here for this Film Event on the occasion of World Refugee Day. The film screening today Welcome to Refugeestan was also showed during the 2016 United Nations Association Film Festival. The film explores for the first time the land of camps, from Kenya, to Tanzania, Jordan, and the Greece/Macedonia border, as well as at the UNHCR’s headquarters in Geneva.
I hope this film will make us all think of those refugees, who are paying the human cost of war, violence and persecution. They have become one of the greatest tragedies of our time.
In today’s world, 65.6 million people who have been forced from their homes. Among them, half are under the age of 18, one-third of them are refugees, and two-thirds of them are displaced internally. Around us, one in every 113 humans is displaced. Even by the time I finished this sentence, someone will have been displaced.
Yet, the dynamics of refugees are changing: the growth in global displacement started to slow down in 2016. In South Sudan, a country suffers from the biggest new displacement situation globally, the pioneer UNHCR approach – the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) is reaching out to a growing number of refugees there.
Thus, we can make a difference by taking concrete actions. We shall extend our assistance to protect those that fleeing for their lives, to support countries hosting large displaced populations, and to find solutions to the underlying roots for crisis and displacement.
It is important that UNHCR, all other UN agencies, as well as you, everyone that cares about this topic, work together to help tackle the challenges and ensure no one is left behind.
With the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of UN, we picture the world in 2030 as a future without poverty and hunger, where refugees will not only survive, but also thrive. Their rights to health care, sanitation, and education shall be safeguarded.
Yet, we would not be able to achieve these goals without your help. With Ms. Yao Chen, whose presence today and experience sharing later are anticipated, together with others sharing the same belief, we can make the world a better place for us all.
Thank you and enjoy the film.