United Nations Security Council, Briefing on the Situation in Myanmar and the Rohingya Refugee Crisis, Remarks by Cate Blanchett, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador

As delivered. Thank you Mr. President. Distinguished delegates, Mr. Secretary-General, ladies and gentlemen. I am honoured by the opportunity to address the Security Council at this critical juncture. I am not here as an expert. I stand before you only as a witness. As someone who has seen and cannot look away. I went to […]

UNHCR Statement

  By UNHCR Regional Representation in Canberra  |  22 May 2018   UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is profoundly saddened by the death of a Rohingya refugee on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, today. The tragic loss of yet another vulnerable person under Australian ‘offshore processing’ again underscores the need for proper care and immediate solutions. “With the […]

Pre-monsoon rains pour down on Bangladesh, and Rohingya camps are at great risk

Pre-monsoon rains hit Bangladesh on April 19th, a possible foreshadowing of the severe risks that future downpours will have on Rohingya refugee camps. According John McCue, Senior Operations Coordinator for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), these rains signal “the start of what is going to be an incredibly challenging period for the refugees and […]

Venezuelan Crisis Escalating

The Latin American nation of Venezuela has seen its ongoing crisis deteriorate over the past several years. With massive hyperinflation, a broken healthcare system, limited access to goods or employment, and increasing disease spreading through the country, the number of refugees streaming into neighbouring countries has been steadily increasing. So what is the Venezuelan crisis, […]

World Refugee Day

“Every minute 20 people leave everything behind to escape war, persecution or terror”. This is the message the United Nations spread on June 20, World Refugee Day in which UN Secretary-General António Guterres urged the governments of the world to work together to help ease the continuing refugee crisis. World Refugee Day is based on […]

Refugee numbers outpace settlement spots

    Close to 1.2 million refugees need resettling globally, but only 93,200 places in resettlement countries are expected to be available this year – 43 per cent fewer than in 2016, according to estimates. “The fact is, global resettlement needs today far outweigh the places made available by governments by a factor of 13 […]