Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | ePaper

UN Chief for doing more for refugees

  • Print


UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday urged all to think about what more they can do to help the refugees around the world or the people who are internally displaced as a result of conflict or persecution.
"On World Refugee Day, we must all think about what more we can we do to help. The answer begins with unity and solidarity," he said in a video message.
The UN Secretary General posed a question, "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," Guterres said. He said, he is 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," said the UN chief.
He said a Global Compact on Refugees will be presented to the UN General Assembly this year. "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," Guterres said.

More News For this Category

JnU BCL body dissolved

Staff Reporter :Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) on Tuesday dissolved its Jagannath University (JnU) unit committee following series of factional clashes on the campus.Golam Rabbani, general secretary of BCL central

 Prayers for  divine blessings

Prayers for divine blessings

Staff Reporter :The second part of Biswas Ijtema, one of the largest congregations in the world, ended with Akheri Munajat (concluding prayer) on the bank of river Turag in

Move to improve business climate

Kazi Zahidul Hasan :The government has undertaken a slew of initiatives to deal with the stagnant state of private investment and to improve business climate.Experts earlier identified the stagnant

US states sue Trump over border wall emergency

US states sue Trump over border wall emergency

AFP  :Sixteen US states sued President Donald Trump's administration Monday over his decision to declare a national emergency to fund a wall on the southern border with Mexico, saying

Book-lovers want science fictions

Rayhanul Islam :As rain scare goes, the book-lovers on Tuesday crowded in the Ekushey Book Fair. Most of them were youths who looked for books on science fictions. But

4-tier security for 21 Feb

4-tier security for 21 Feb

Staff Reporter :Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Asaduzzaman Miah on Tuesday said a four-tier security measures had been taken at Central Shaheed Minar and its adjacent areas ahead of

7 injured in gas cylinder blast

UNB, Khagrachhari :At least seven people including a couple sustained burn injuries from an explosion at a gas cylinder shop at Khobongpuria village in Sadar upazila early Tuesday.Among them,

2 siblings get life term for murder

UNB, Kishoreganj :A court here on Tuesday sentenced two siblings to life imprisonment for killing a man in 2012.The convicts are Akkas and Tara Mia, sons of Abed Ali

Report put on hold for the sake of probe: Minister

UNB, Dhaka :Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal on Tuesday told Parliament that the probe report of the Dr Farashuddin-led committee on the reserve heist of Bangladesh Bank is not

Bar, Bench must be vocal against all irregularities: CJ

Staff Reporter :Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain on Tuesday said, "The life of a lawyer is never smooth. He needs devotion, timeliness, patience, honesty, hard work and continuous study