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Readout of the President of the General Assembly’s meeting with Mr. Johan Cels, Head of the Secretariat and Inter-Agency Service at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson

United Nations, New York, 08 November 2013

PGA John W Ashe with Johan CelsThe President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. John W. Ashe, met today with Mr. Johan Cels, Head of the Secretariat and Inter-Agency Service at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Mr. Cels updated the President on the work of UNHCR in various countries and regions, including efforts in South America and the Caribbean and those within the Middle East. He noted a number of humanitarian concerns and highlighted the issue of statelessness and pointed to the political will needed surrounding such issues and for the humanitarian space required in order to better deliver on humanitarian needs.

Mr. Cels presented a copy of a letter sent from the High Commissioner to the President of the General Assembly regarding the annual Pledging Conference which is scheduled to take place this year on 10 December.

John W. Ashe (left), President of the sixty-eighth session of the General Assembly, meets with Mr. Johan Cels, Head of the Secretariat and Inter-Agency Service at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Photo/Bill Bly