UN calls for new approach to ‘refugee crises’

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday urged governments to rise to the task of protecting refugees across the globe amid a growing number of people fleeing their homes for safety.

“At this time of turbulence, the international community must do far more to shoulder this responsibility together,” Guterres said at the start of the two-day Global Refugee Forum. “It is a moment to build a more equitable response to refugee crises through a sharing of responsibility.”

The forum is hoping to draw commitments from governments, businesses and organizations to take bold measures and bolster assistance for refugees.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi called for a “reboot” of the current system, which has effectively kept the vast majority of refugees across the globe in poor and developing countries.

“As a new decade dawns with some 71 million uprooted from their homes globally, inside and outside their countries, it’s time to reboot our responses,” Grandi said.

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