At the Global #RefugeeForum, the Philippines joins other states and stakeholders in building a world where no one is left behind.
The Philippines joins the historic Global Refugee Forum, a high-level meeting in Geneva of governments, international financial organizations, business leaders, humanitarian and development actors, refugees, and civil society representatives.
Over 770 pledges had been made among the 3,000 attendees, securing wide-ranging and substantial commitments of support for refugees and the communities they live in, notably with important pledges of new long-term support for inclusion.
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Mister Chair, Mister High Commissioner
The Philippines has a long history of taking in refugees no questions asked, stretching back to 1920s with the first White Russians fleeing the Red Revolution in Russia, on to Jews fleeing the Europe-wide Holocaust; then Spanish Republicans fleeing the Fascist victory in the Spanish Civil War; then Chinese Nationalists, along with more White Russians fleeing the Red victory in China. This was followed by waves of Vietnamese fleeing the American debacle in Vietnam, then Iranians fleeing the chaotic fall of the corrupt Shah in Iran, followed by more Cambodians fleeing the Communist killings fields of their country. Most recently the offer to take in Rohingya fleeing Rakhine state in Myanmar made by two successive administrations. The Philippines continues to uphold this humanitarian tradition through support for international efforts, including our work on the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) and participation in this first Global Refugee Forum.
With the support of UNHCR, with which we work closely, our network of partners in refugee protection has expanded enormously since the Government took full responsibility over asylum and protection mechanisms in the country in 1998. Nonetheless, the Philippines acknowledges that there is still a lot that can be done to support the plight of asylum seekers and refugees.
With this, the Philippines expresses its commitment to achieve the following:
With the rest of the civilized world the Philippines shares its unwavering commitment to attain a world that respects the rights of every individual with or without a country because we are all citizens of humanity.