Ban Ki-moon calls for action on migrants in Mediterranean
Published 27/05/2015 | 02:30
UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon has commended the Irish Government over its decision to despatch a naval vessel to assist in the humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean.
But he called on European leaders to do more.
Following a meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Mr Ban called for a more "collective" and "comprehensive" approach on the problem.
"I'm urging European leaders to address this issue in a more comprehensive way and collective way," he said.
"We have to first of all do our best to save lives, for they (the migrants) do not have any means to protect their lives."
On the final day of his visit, Mr Ban also joined Development Minister Sean Sherlock to launch the UN Youth Delegate Programme for Ireland.
More than 100 young people discussed international Sustainable Development Goals and their global vision for 2030.
UNICEF Ireland ambassador Donncha O'Callaghan and UNICEF Ireland "high-profile supporter" Evanna Lynch also joined the discussion to share their insights.