Obama Seeks Global Commitments: 1M More Refugees In School, 1M More Legally Working

Obama Seeks Global Commitments: 1M More Refugees In School, 1M More Legally Working

On September 20, when world leaders gather in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, President Obama will host a summit on refugees where he will urge the international community to do more to help some of the world’s estimated 20 million displaced people, according to a report by CNSNews.com

In addition to committing American taxpayers money, Obama and the summit’s other co-hosts will seek global commitments to enroll another million refugees in school; and grant another million refugees the legal right to work.

In a statement released last week, National Security Adviser Susan Rice said, “Through the Leaders’ Summit, we will seek: at least a 30 percent increase in financing for global appeals and international humanitarian organizations; to double the global number of resettled refugees and those afforded other legal channels of admission; and to increase the number of refugees worldwide in school by one million, and the number of refugees granted the legal right to work by one million.

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“Reaching these ambitious objectives will be challenging; yet, the level of need demands no less. The United States has long been a humanitarian leader. During this Administration, we continue to strive to do more and encourage other countries to do the same.”

Rice said the Leaders’ Summit will address a level of displacement the world has not witnessed since World War II.

The co-hosts of the Leaders’ Summit include Canada, Ethiopia, Germany, Jordan, Mexico, Sweden and the U.N. secretary general.

Those co-hosts have pledged to advance the refugee objectives, not only through direct action, but also through “concerted efforts to urge and support robust action” by other member U.N. member states.

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