October 23, 2016

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High Level Meeting on Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants -New York, 19 September 2016


Statement by President AnastasiadesGeneral Assembly Seventy-first session High-level plenary meeting on addressing large movements of refugees and migrants

United Nations Headquarters

From the outset, I would like to express my appreciation to the Secretary General and the former President of the General Assembly, as well as the co-facilitators, Ireland and Jordan, for their valuable work in preparation of this High Level meeting.

In this respect, I wish to convey that Cyprus fully and unwavering endorses the outcome document which highlights our collective commitment to address large movements of refugees and migrants.

We are facing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis which is the consequence on the one hand of economic insecurity, poor standard of living and lack of education opportunities on those countries in which migratory flows are being observed and on the other hand the outcome of the ongoing turmoil, extremism, sectarianism, civil war and terrorism taking place in Middle East, North Africa and other regions of the World.   [….more]


Statement by Deputy Permanent Representative, Mr. Menelaos Menelaou

Humanitarian Affairs Segment of ECOSOC, New York, 29 June 2016

Thank you Mr. Chair.

Cyprus aligns itself with the statement of the European Union and would like to add some remarks in its national capacity.

The World Humanitarian Summit last month has been of great importance. As humanitarian crises around the world continue to persist and grow, it is imperative that we collectively commit to facing these challenges and reform humanitarian policies guided the lessons learnt from past and present practice. It is crucial that there is more connection between humanitarian and development policies, in order to safeguard the longer-term well-being of communities in need of humanitarian assistance. …..more