The Coordinator of the OAS Working Group for Venezuelan migrants and refugees, David Smolansky, will attend the 74th United Nations General Assembly, in New York, to address the migrant and refugee crisis generated by Nicolas Maduro’s dictatorship.
Smolansky will participate on Monday, September 23, in a forum organized by the Inter-American Development Bank and the Tent Foundation.
On Tuesday, he will also represent the Organization of American States at the UN event on the migrant and refugee crisis. He will also attend the Annual Concordia Summit, which will discuss strategies for effective humanitarian intervention in Venezuela.
“What we are looking for, both in the UN General Assembly and in these simultaneous events, is to describe the Venezuelan refugee and migration crisis, which although the region has it clear by direct impact, it should not be taken for granted that all in the international community understand the severity of the forced migration of 4.3 million people”, said Smolansky.
He explained that at conferences, he will insist on the need for the region to grant refugee status to Venezuelans.
“We also ask for greater contributions from the international community to protect Venezuelan migrants and refugees regarding their documentation, access to health and education, and employment opportunities. These contributions not only benefit Venezuelans, but are also needed by recipient countries that are limited in their capacities to address the greatest crisis of migrants and refugees in the history of the region”, he said.
During his attendance at the United Nations General Assembly, Smolansky will also hold meetings with government authorities from different countries participating in the world meeting, and with the Venezuelan community in New York, which is one of the cities in the United States with more Venezuelan migrants.