Sur le site de l'Agence des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés (anglais) : Solutions needed to stem global refugee crisis, says Grandi
GENEVA, Jan 7 (UNHCR) – With record numbers of refugees and displaced people worldwide, the new head of the UN Refugee Agency Filippo Grandi has urged greater diplomatic efforts to find solutions to conflicts and abuses driving people from their homes.
"UNHCR is navigating extraordinarily difficult waters," Grandi said on Thursday at his debut press conference after taking office on January 1.
"We owe it first and foremost to the forcibly displaced themselves, but we also owe it to States…States are desperately looking for solutions to situations involving refugees," he declared, and stressed: "Even under more desperate circumstances we have to think of solving displacement."
Noting that there are now some 60 million people displaced around the world as a result of conflicts from South Sudan to Syria, Grandi pledged to work closely with partners. He urged governments to invest more energy and resources to solving wars and conflicts and providing solutions to the causes of refugee crises.
Grandi stressed that countries which host especially large numbers of refugees, such as Lebanon, now home to over one million Syrians, need better help.
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