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Last Monday Cate attended the UN Security Council meeting in New York and delivered a speech as Goodwill Ambassador for Refugees. The United Nations Facebook page posted a video with a small fragment of her speech. Also, we have added more pictures from that day to our gallery. Enjoy!
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As previously announced, UN Refugee Agency Goodwill ambassador Cate Blanchett will be at the UN Security Council today to brief during an open meeting about the situation in Myanmar. Her goal is to draw attention to the plight and resilience of Rohingya refugees she met in Bangladesh. The meeting will be streamed live at 3 pm (New York Time) from the official from UN WEB TV in this link >> WATCH LIVE HERE <<
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UN Refugee Agency official profiles on social media have announced that Cate Blanchett will brief the United Nations Security Council on 28 August. According to the release, her goal is to draw attention to the plight and resilience of Rohingya refugees she met in Bangladesh. Stay tuned!
BREAKING: UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, Cate Blanchett will brief the @UN Security Council on 28 August.
?? Her goal: to draw attention to the plight and resilience of Rohingya refugees she met in Bangladesh. pic.twitter.com/DBWoAIWLxG
Yesterday, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett attended an event in London in which she met Penny Mordaunt, Secretary of State for the Department for International Development and Matthew Rycroft, Permanent Secretary of the UK’s Department for International Development. They discussed how UK is helping refugees, specially the Rohingya people and initiatives like UK Aid, a challenge fund designed to support the UK’s commitments to achieving the Global Goals. Here are some photos.
As previously posted, last week, UNHCR Goodwill ambassador Cate Blanchett joined other UNHCR supporters in a reception organized by the UN Refugee Agency and the National Theatre held in Parliament. Here are some photos, a video and article. Enjoy!
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UNHCR’s Goodwill Ambassadors Cate Blanchett and David Morrissey, with actors from the National Theatre, performed songs and poetry on the subject of refuge to an audience of MPs, peers and refugees. […]
The event marked the first time that the monologue from Act 2, Scene 4 of Shakespeare’s ‘Book of Sir Thomas More’, written in 1593, had been performed in Parliament. Blanchett read the extraordinary speech given by Henry VIII’s chancellor, Sir Thomas More, as he sought to quell race riots in London on May Day, 1517.
“Should so much come too short of your great trespass
As but to banish you, whither would you go?
What country, by the nature of your error,
Should give you harbour?”
‘The Book of Sir Thomas More’, William Shakespeare
“It’s a call for compassion and empathy towards the plight of immigrants and refugees,” Blanchett said. “The sentiment and call for empathy and compassion is as relevant now as it was then when this speech was written.” […]
‘Moving Stories’ producer Emma Manton joined the actors Blanchett, Firth, Morrissey, Theo James Ruth Kearney and Lord Alf Dubs for a recital of Toksvig’s rhythmic poem ‘What They Took With Them’, based on the items that refugees told UNHCR took with them when they fled their homes.
Yesterday, UNHCR Goodwill ambassador Cate Blanchett attended an event held at the Palace of Westminster and organised by UNHCR and The National Theatre as part of the World Refugee Day celebrations. Cate performed a poem in company with other UNHCR supporters. As we wait for more official content, here are some posts available in social media.
We participated the event jointly organised by UNHCR and The National Theatre on the occassion of World Refugee Day. The event that was held at the Palace of Westminster was attended also by UN Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett. pic.twitter.com/7ADVHDjDGf
Cate Blanchett: “La llegada del monzón convertirá a los rohingyas en refugiados del clima”
La actriz australiana viaja Bangladesh como embajadora de buena voluntad de ACNUR
Más de 670.000 rohingyas han huido de la violencia en Birmania desde septiembre de 2017
La situación de miles de rohingyas refugiados en asentamientos en Bangladesh es una tragedia dentro de otra tragedia. Al trauma que han sufrido y a los escasos recursos de los que disponen se suman ahora fenómenos naturales propios de la temporada de monzones que amenazan su seguridad, como corrimientos de tierra, lluvias torrenciales o ciclones. Para conocer de primera mano la situación en el terreno y visibilizar la crisis, la actriz australiana Cate Blanchett ha visitado los campos de refugiados y hace un llamamiento en esta entrevista con EL MUNDO a la solidaridad de la comunidad internacional.
Éste es su tercer viaje como embajadora de Alto Comisionado de la ONU para los refugiados, ¿por qué la crisis rohingya?
Es el éxodo de refugiados que más rápido está creciendo, pero además se ve agraviado ahora por la época de monzones que amenaza a una comunidad traumatizada y marginada. Es vital que, mientras esperamos soluciones políticas -que son complejas y aún lejanas- la comunidad internacional contribuya a la increíble ayuda que está prestando Bangladesh como país de acogida.
Ha visitado los campamentos de Kutupalong, Nyapara y Chakmarkul, ¿qué es lo que se necesita con más urgencia?
ACNUR y otras organizaciones aportan lo básico, mantas, ropa, medicinas y comida básica; pero necesitan más apoyo. La gente cree que la ONU es un organismo con mucho dinero, pero ACNUR tiene que recaudar cada céntimo que gastan ahí. En mi viaje, conocí a una mujer cuyo precario refugio quedará aplastado por los corrimientos de tierra en cuanto las lluvias torrenciales lleguen. Va a ser una verdadera tragedia.
La ONU ha documentado “violaciones sistemáticas” por parte del ejército birmano. ¿Ha podido constatar la doble violencia que sufren mujeres y niñas?
He visto muy pocas familias completas. En los campos hay un número enorme de mujeres cuyos maridos están desaparecidos, que han sufrido violaciones o que han tenido que huir para no llegar a sufrirlas. Conocí a otra joven de 18 años cuyo marido había sido arrestado por el ejército birmano -posiblemente esté muerto- y tuvo que sobrevivir con su bebé de un año en la selva con muy poca comida durante seis meses hasta encontrar refugio en Bangladesh. Ella, su historia, representa la vulnerabilidad de las mujeres en este tipo de crisis. Se necesita más asistencia para protegerlas de la explotación, de la trata, para evitar que caigan en la prostitución… Es una amenaza muy real para miles de mujeres y niñas.
Una gran parte de la población de los campos son niños…
Sí, la mitad son menores de edad. Nunca he visto tantos niños solos, huérfanos. Había muchas chicas jóvenes cuyos hermanos varones habían sido quemados o asesinados a golpes frente a ellas. El trauma que han sufrido en su huida de Birmania es monumental y ahora se enfrentan un trauma medioambiental. Su nivel de ansiedad es inmenso.
Bangladesh ha mostrado una gran solidaridad, ¿cómo conviven los locales con la comunidad rohingya?
La minoría musulmana lleva décadas refugiada en el país vecino y conviven codo con codo. Parte de la recaudación de esta nueva campaña de donación irá destinada a las comunidades de acogida, que han sido tan generosas cediendo su espacio, su tiempo… Pero esta solidaridad será insostenible para los países de acogida hasta que el problema no se comparta de manera global. Creo que es aleccionador para la comunidad internacional que un país que tiene tan poco dé tanto.
La ONU no ha impuesto ninguna sanción a Birmania, un país que -en sus propias palabras- ha cometido “una limpieza étnica de libro”…
Las atrocidades son innegables. Escuché la historia de una joven de 19 años cuyo hermano, de tres, había sido tirado a una hoguera y su otro hermano mayor desmembrado frente a ella. Nadie se inventa algo así… La ONU ha sido muy clara en que la solución es la repatriación de los rohingyas a Birmania. El problema es que la ONU sigue sin tener acceso al estado de Rakhine y es vital que esté presente para garantizar un regreso seguro.
¿Qué diferencia esta crisis de refugiados de otras que ha vivido, como la siria en Jordania y Líbano?
Lo que la hace diferente es lo enorme y lo rápido del éxodo, que ha puesto de manifiesto la precariedad de la situación. No se trata de un flujo lento de personas que huyen, por eso es tan vital la respuesta de ACNUR, que conoce el tipo de asistencia y la estructura necesaria para poner orden en lo que es una situación muy caótica. En todos los escenarios en los que he estado he visto la resiliencia increíble de los refugiados, tratando de ayudarse a sí mismos.
¿Va a seguir implicada en esta causa o va a atender otras?
Creo que no hay una causa mayor que la de los refugiados, junto con el cambio climático. Con los polos derritiéndose habrá nuevos ‘refugiados del clima’. Como madre, y como persona con una posición privilegiada, si tengo la oportunidad de ayudar a tantas personas, tengo la responsabilidad de hacerlo.
During this week, Cate has been in campaign to raise awareness and financial support for the group of refugees called Rohingyas,currently living in Bangladesh. Cate has been interviewed in different channels. Below the full ABC Australia interview and also the BBC Two – Victoria Derbyshire interview that became available this morning.
Few days ago, Cate visited Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Now , on return from her visit this week, Cate is calling for urgent action to support UNHCR – the UN Refugee Agency. Read more about it and how can you help below.
UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett today warned of a “race against time” to protect Rohingya refugees from the worst impacts of the upcoming monsoon season in Bangladesh. Heavy rains, potential cyclones and adverse weather conditions are threatening to put more than one hundred thousand Rohingya refugees living in congested settlements in Cox’s Bazar district, south-eastern Bangladesh, at serious risk in the coming months. Blanchett, on return from a visit to Bangladesh this week, is calling for urgent action to support UNHCR – the UN Refugee Agency – and its partners, working with the Government of Bangladesh, to avoid an “emergency within an emergency”.
Since August 2017 over 671,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar have sought safety in Bangladesh. “The Rohingya refugees have already experienced targeted violence, human rights abuses and horrific journeys. They have shown unimaginable resilience and courage,” Blanchett said, speaking at the end of her visit to Kutupalong, Nyapara and Chakmarkul settlements near Cox’s Bazar this week. “But now, as the monsoon season approaches, the Government of Bangladesh, supported by UNHCR and its partners, are in race against time to ensure the refugees are as safe as they can be to deal with potential floods and landslides.”
“I’ve seen first-hand how UNHCR – with its partners and with the refugees themselves – are working flat out to avoid an emergency within an emergency in Cox’s Bazar district. Staff are on the ground distributing shelter and pre-monsoon kits to the vulnerable families, reinforcing roads, bridges, steps and other infrastructure that risk being washed away, and relocating families to safer places where land is available. But more is urgently needed to ensure refugees stay safe,” Blanchett continued.
Calling for the international community to show solidarity and share the responsibility of this crisis with Government and people of Bangladesh, Blanchett added, “The people of Bangladesh and host communities have been the first to respond to this crisis, supported by agencies like UNHCR and its partners. But I cannot stress how much more help is needed for these vulnerable stateless refugees, the majority of whom are women and children. This is the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world, the monsoons are coming and it is critical that the international community, private sector and individuals all do what they can to support these stateless refugees and the communities hosting them.”
The Rohingya are a stateless Muslim minority. Since violence began on 25 August 2017 in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, over 671,000 refugees have fled to Bangladesh. The Government and people of Bangladesh have shown tremendous generosity and hospitality in the face of this influx. Faced with acute risk of an emergency within the emergency, UNHCR and its partners are supporting the Bangladesh Government in Cox’s Bazar to prepare both refugee and host communities ahead of the monsoon season.
Kevin J. Allen, Head of UNHCR’s emergency operation in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh said, “Bangladesh saved thousands of lives when it opened its borders and arms to Rohingya refugees. It is now critical that we stand firmly with Bangladesh and the refugees we serve to protect them from cyclonic winds and heavy rains.”
UNHCR is working to build dignified and decent lives for the stateless Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, including access to healthcare, education, shelter and self-reliance. The solutions to this refugee crisis lie in Myanmar, and UNHCR has therefore called on Myanmar to create conditions in Rakhine State that would permit the safe, dignified and sustainable repatriation of refugees who voluntarily choose to return to their homes. UNHCR is calling for unfettered humanitarian access to all communities and to all areas of origin and potential return in Rakhine State and has offered to support the Government of Myanmar to rapidly implement the recommendations of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State.
This week, a new inter-agency donor appeal for Bangladesh announced funding requirements of US$951 million through to December 2018 to assist refugees and host communities affected by the refugee influx. UNHCR is seeking US$196.3 million to continue its work providing lifesaving assistance and protection for the Rohingya refugees supporting host communities.
An exclusive interview with UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett will be broadcast on CNN International at 14.00 EST and 17.00EST on Wednesday 21st March 2018
UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett today warned of a “race against time” to protect Rohingya refugees from the worst impacts of the upcoming monsoon season in Bangladesh.
Blanchett was visiting south-eastern Bangladesh where over 671,000 children, women and men from Myanmar have sought safety since last August.
With wet season rains due next month, more than 150,000 refugees are at risk of landslides and floods, in what could become a disaster on top of the current emergency.
In Chakmarkul settlement Blanchett met with 28-year-old Jhura who fled Myanmar with her two children when her village was attacked six months ago. She now lives in a bamboo shelter built on the side of a steep hill.
“The monsoon is coming and I’m scared that the wind will blow away the roof. There are shelters above mine that would fall on us if there is a landslide. The ground will be slippery and I worry that it will be difficult to get about,” says Jhura, who became separated from her husband, whom she fears may have been killed.
“In Myanmar I was in a better house but I was still in fear of the monsoon – the roof would sometimes fly away and my children would sometimes get sick,” Jhura told Blanchett.
Blanchett met with other refugees at a transit centre supported by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, as well as a temporary learning centre, an integrated women’s centre, a community kitchen and a livelihoods training centre.
Blanchett also spent time with a refugee singer, Mohammed, who supports his family by writing and performing poetic songs, known as ghazals, inspired by the events, stories and concerns of the refugee community. He performed a new ghazal about the Rohingya community’s fears about the upcoming monsoon, singing “if the rains come and the cyclones attack … what will the world do?”
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