This came in a video message recorded by the Secretary-General, on Thursday, on the occasion of the world Refugee Day, which is celebrated by the United Nations on June 20 of each year.
On December 2000, on 20 June, the United Nations General Assembly devoted itself to publicizing the refugee issue, highlighting their suffering and needs, and discussing ways to provide support and assistance to them.
The choice of this particular day was an expression by the United Nations General Assembly of its solidarity with the countries of the African continent that celebrate the Day of African Refugees on the same day.
“The numbers of refugees and internally displaced people in the world today have reached more than 80 million people, of whom 10 million were forced to flee their homes only last year,” Guterres said in his message.
He warned that “this year the Corona (Covid-19) pandemic poses an additional threat to refugees and displaced people who are among the most vulnerable.”
He called on the “governments of the world to” ensure the inclusion of refugees and internally displaced persons in all response and recovery efforts to combat the Corona virus.
“We are also aware of the generosity and humanity of host societies and countries that often struggle with their economic and security concerns to receive refugees. We owe these countries our thanks and our support and our investments,” he said.
“The need for UN member states to work to establish the integrity of the international refugee protection system, and for the world to stand united and in solidarity with refugees, and to know the fundamental coincidence of harboring people fleeing wars and persecution,” Guterres stressed.