Refugee response must be about more than treating symptoms
The New York Declaration’s commitment to begin working towards the articulation of a Global Compact for Refugees and a Global Compact on Safe, Regular and Orderly Migration, both by 2018, provides a window of opportunity within which to develop a more comprehensive global refugee response system, and a reinvigoration of the international legal norms and frameworks upon which it depends.
Sergey V. Lavrov, centre left, minister for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation; and Sameh Hassan Shokry Selim, centre right, minister for Foreign Affairs of the Arab Republic of Egypt, at the high-level meeting of the Security Council on the situation in Syria, Sept. 21, 2016, at the UN in New York.
The recent aerial attack on an aid convoy Sept. 19 near Aleppo, Syria, had killed scores of civilians—many of them volunteer humanitarian workers—and destroyed supplies destined for some 78,000 people in desperate need of assistance.
Photograph courtesy of United Nations, New York