Guterres says UNHCR and partners struggle to meet humanitarian needs

GENEVA, Oct 5 (UNHCR) – The global refugee crisis is so great that the UN refugee agency and other agencies are struggling to respond to and meet all the humanitarian needs they face. That was the bleak message of UNHCR High Commissioner António Guterres, speaking to UNHCR’s Executive Committee today.

Guterres stressed there were now more than 60 million refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced persons in the world, and said the number was rising. He recalled that when he became High Commissioner 10 years ago, there were 38 million and the number was falling. Fifteen new conflicts have broken out or flared up again in the last five years, he said, without any of the old ones getting resolved. “The number of people globally displaced by conflict every single day has nearly quadrupled in that time – from almost 11,000 in 2010 to 42,500 last year,” he said.