From: Humanitarian Policy Group
Sent: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 6:18 PM
Subject: HPG event: Refugees and migrants: a new global response
migrants: a new global response 15 September 2016 15:30 - 17:00 (GMT
+1), Overseas Development Institute London offices and streamed live
We live in the midst of a major crisis. More than 65 million people
globally have been forcibly displaced, and international migration has
risen by 41% since 2000.
The EU has failed to take a strong stance on international refugee
protection and there has been no sense of shared responsibility.
Instead, governments in Europe and elsewhere are focusing their efforts
- and money - on deterrence, and new deals, like that between the EU
and Turkey, which further restrict the movement of people.
Yet, despite government failings, at a local level, people want to help.
Local volunteers and NGOs have stepped in to not only to assist but to
accept refugees and migrants into their countries and communities. But
these efforts are not enough without buy-in from political leaders.
The world’s first United Nations Summit on Refugees and Migrants is set
to take place in New York on 19 September, bringing together leaders
from around the world with the aim of strengthening commitments from
global governments to respond to the crisis in a more humane and
The Summit has enormous potential to bring about change. But will
governments commit to share responsibility more equitably to protect
refugees and move away from deterrence towards solutions that work for
Sent: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 7:08 PM
To: Humanitarian Policy Group
Subject: Re: HPG event: Refugees and migrants: a new global response
I am sending you an idea cherished for long by myself, a global citizen deeply concerned for the Reugees and Migrants.
I believe that the world’s first United Nations Summit on Refugees and
Migrants taking place in New York on 19 September could be combined
with an eventual UN Ethics Summit I am pleading for,as shown in my
attached message adressed to the Former US President Jimmy Carter.
I am attaching a letter addressed to me from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
I am convinced that the true cause of the global crisis is a lack of ethics prevailing universally.
With warmest regards,
Former Japanese Ambassador to Switzerland