UN Summit on Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants

The high-level UN General Assembly this September is focusing on Migrants and Refugees. They are expected to approve an outcome document called “The New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants” that expresses the political will of world leaders to save lives, protect rights and share responsibility on a global scale. World leaders spoke of how each country will implement these commitments. Refugees, migrants, those who assist them, and their host countries and communities will all benefit if these commitments are met. The New York Declaration contains bold commitments and concrete plans for how to build on these commitments. They intend to start negotiations leading to an international conference and the adoption of a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration in 2018. View the full text of the New York Declaration.

As called for in the Declaration, the Secretary-General also launched a new campaign called “Together – Respect, Safety and Dignity for All, Highlighting the positive contributions made by refugees and immigrants.” to “respond to rising xenophobia and turn fear into hope”. He urged “world leaders to join this campaign and commit together to upholding the rights and dignity of everyone forced by circumstance to flee their homes in search of a better life.” The campaign will counter some of the misinformation and misconceptions on refugees and migrants and encourage contact between refugees, migrants and those in the destination countries. For more information, please visit