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Thomson Speaks Up For Refugees

The New United Nations General Assembly President Peter Thomson yesterday said he regretted the lack of empathy witnessed by the mass movement of people through natural disasters. “I regret the
15 Sep 2016 11:35
Thomson Speaks Up For Refugees
From left: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN General Assembly 71st session president Peter Thomson at the opening of the UN general Assembly 71st session yesterday. Photo: UN

The New United Nations General Assembly President Peter Thomson yesterday said he regretted the lack of empathy witnessed by the mass movement of people through natural disasters.

“I regret the evidence of wide spread lack of empathy for people on the move,” said Mr Thomson on his maiden speech as chair of the international assembly.

Mr Thomson said many of these people had to flee from conflict, persecution and climate change.

“I congratulate those that are not shirking their decent responsibility,” he said.

Mr Thomson made these comments while addressing the 71st General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York.

He said the general assembly should encourage the work of human rights throughout the session.

“Next week for example, world leaders will come together for a high level meeting on large movement of refugees and migrants,” he said.

He said it was time to turn down intolerance and hike collective response based on humanity.

“There is much this 71st session takes in the area of peace and security, building on the review of counter terrorism strategy including the secretary general’s plan of action on violent extremism.

“In this violent time no community is immune from extremism and terrorism, we must face this together and we must find the solutions together,” Mr Thomson said.

He said he looked forward to maintaining the peace agenda agreed to by the UN Security Council earlier in the year

Mr Thomson also thanked the work done by his predecessor, the United Nations 70th General Assembly president, Mogens Lykketoft.

“On behalf of you all, it is my duty and privilege this afternoon to thank the President of the 70th session of the general assembly for his selfless service to the United Nations throughout the past year,” he said.

Mr Thomson said president Lykketoft brought a new level of transparency and openness to the assembly.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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