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Cate Blanchett to brief UNSC on Rohingya issues Aug 28

  • Published at 10:52 pm August 23rd, 2018
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UNCHR Goodwill Ambassador and Oscar-winning Australian actor Cate Blanchett speaks with a Rohingya family in one of the refugee camps in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh in March 2018 UNHCR

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi are also scheduled to brief the UN Security Council

UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador and actor, Cate Blanchett, will brief the United Nations Security Council on Rohingya issues on August 28, reported UNB.

Her goal is to draw attention to the plight and resilience of Rohingyas she met in Bangladesh on a recent visit, the UK office at the UN and the UN Refugee Agency tweeted on Thursday.

The UN Security Council will hold an open briefing on the situation in Myanmar under the UK presidency on August 28, said a senior official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He said UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, are also scheduled to brief the UN Security Council.

During her Bangladesh visit, Oscar-winning actor Blanchett urged Myanmar to create decent conditions in the Rakhine state for the safe return of Rohingyas, saying the solution to the Rohingya crisis lies with Myanmar.

"Ultimately, I think, the key here is to address their statelessness," she told UNB, mentioning that much more needed to be done to make sure there are decent conditions for the refugees to return safely when they want to.

Blanchett, who was named a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador in May 2016, said the conditions right now in Rakhine are clearly not conducive to the safe and voluntary return, or the dignified return, of the refugees who have fled to Bangladesh.

The Myanmar authorities have shown little effort to make any tangible progress to improve conditions in Rakhine state for the safe return of Rohingyas in almost one year into the crisis, though the international community, including the UN, remains actively grappling with the issue, officials said.

There will be further high-level meetings and events during the General Debate and high-level segment of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly in September 2018.