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Udenrigsministrens indlæg ved Obama’s Leader Summit om den globale flygtningekrise 20/09 2016

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Mr. Chairman, Excellencies,

I am honored to be here today, together with leaders, who are all committed to the huge effort to reduce the suffering of refugees.

It is high time for joint international action.

Denmark takes global responsibility. We spend 0.7 percent of our national income on development assistance. Denmark is consistently among the top-5 humanitarian donors per capita.

Countries hosting large refugee populations must be supported – in a predictable manner, with serious resources and for as long as it takes.

It is my firm belief that it is better to help refugees close to their homes so that they are not forced to take up long and dangerous journeys.

At the same time we must
ease the burden on local host communities and reduce dependency on humanitarian assistance. We must do so by enhancing the possibilities for refugees to contribute to local growth and development where they live.

Men and women often bring knowledge and skills – let’s give them a chance to use them, to contribute, to take part in the life of cities and local communities hosting them. And let us make sure that their children do not get left behind, let’s educate them and give them a future.

We need to give back hope to people where they are.

Firstly, we must provide the money. For 2016 and 2017, Denmark intends to increase humanitarian assistance to record levels of more than 350 million dollars annually. As part of this, my government plans to provide a specific grant of 15 million US dollars to the efforts of the World Bank in assisting refugee-hosting countries.

Secondly, we must ensure that development assistance link up with humanitarian efforts to create jobs, health care and education in fragile situations. People need opportunities. Not just short term humanitarian assistance for long term needs. We intend to support the new Education Cannot Wait initiative and through that UNHCR’s education appeal. We call on other countries to do the same.

Thirdly, we must build new partnerships. That is what we aim to achieve through the Solutions Alliance. Affected governments, donors, UN, the private sector, civil society organizations, and multilateral development banks together must break new ground in the search for solutions to displacement.

Finally, we must address the root causes of forced displacement through peace building efforts.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is time for all of us to join forces. To take global responsibility.

To leave no-one behind.

Thank you.