U.S. Department Of State Official Recognizes World Refugee Day, Highlights U.S. Humanitarian Assistance Efforts
U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: Stepping up to the Challenge: U.S. Leadership in Humanitarian Response
Carol Thompson O’Connell, acting assistant secretary in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration at the State Department, recognizes World Refugee Day, which takes place annually on June 20, and discusses ways in which the U.S. has provided humanitarian assistance to assist refugees and other displaced people. O’Connell writes, “The best way to help the most people is to work to end conflicts that drive displacement in the first place, to target the application of foreign aid in a smarter way, and to promote burden-sharing with partners and allies. This means donors, governments, communities, and the private sector will need to step up to provide greater resources to address the urgent needs of refugees. We applaud those already on the frontline of that effort, and the United States will continue to work with all refugee-hosting countries to find solutions to help alleviate these challenges” (6/20).