As countries of the world marked this year’s World Refugees Day on Monday, the U.S. Government has announced its plan to host Leaders Summit on Refugees on Sept. 20.
The U.S. Secretary of State, Mr John Kerry, who announced the plan in a statement, expressed his government’s commitment to finding a lasting solution to the problems currently being faced by refugees.
According to the statement, during the summit, the U.S. will ask nations to make concrete commitments toward expanding the humanitarian safety net and creating more long-term durable opportunities for refugees.
“This year’s commemoration comes at a time when brutal conflicts are forcing record numbers of innocent people to flee and challenging the world to find better ways to protect them.
“The U.S. is determined to find solutions. That is why on Sept. 20, at the UN General Assembly in New York, President Obama will host a Leaders’ Summit on Refugees.
“We will remain committed to providing humanitarian assistance across the globe,’’ it said.
The statement also disclosed that the U.S. government’s plan to expand its own refugee resettlement programme from nearly 70,000 admitted last year to 85,000 from across the world this year.
It also recognised the contributions so far made by local and international non-governmental organisations on the frontlines of delivering life-saving assistance to the refugees.
“This year’s commemoration comes at a time when brutal conflicts are forcing record numbers of innocent people to flee, and challenging the world to find better ways to protect them.
“The refugees that we will be welcoming to the U.S. will join previous generations who have come to this country to escape violence and persecution.
“Those who have walked through them have made immeasurable contributions to our community of citizens and enriched our lives,’’ the statement said.