The U.N. General Assembly made major leaps in addressing the worldwide refugee crisis Thursday night.
The U.N. recognized that both climate change and the illicit exchange of arms contribute to the displacement of refugees.
Several nations in the General Assembly argued that the worldwide small-arms trade increases global violence. “The small-arms trade has drastically increased violence in certain third-world countries. As a result, millions of refugees have been displaced from their homes,” lamented a representative of Slovenia.
Furthermore, many nations in the General Assembly committed themselves to stopping the small-arms trade. “We must unite to derail the global small-arms trade,” said a representative of Turkmenistan, addressing the General Assembly.
The representative of Kuwait expanded on Turkmenistan’s position, arguing that the U.N. must unite to “protect all refugees.”
Additionally, delegates in the General Assembly debated the issue of climate change.
“Every nation on Earth is affected by climate change.” stated the representative of Spain to the assembly.
Also, several nations noted that human activity has contributed to warming temperatures. Furthermore, countries recognized that climate change has raised ocean levels and caused deadly floods in smaller countries. As a result, millions of refugees residing in small countries have been displaced from their homes. With this in mind, many countries have committed themselves to mitigating the effects of climate change.
While the General Assembly has reached several important conclusions regarding the global refugee crisis, the U.N. must still make significant progress to resolve this dire issue.