European leaders at UN Assembly highlight complexity of regions mass migration crisis

“During the last five years, we have witnessed 15 wars and armed conflicts, launched or renewed,” Minister Szijjártó stated. “And nowadays Europe has to face a war as well,” he added, referring to the conflict in Ukraine. Turning to economic issues, the Hungarian politician said no one has to be an economist to see that the situation is “unsustainable,” noting that Europe contains 7 to 8 per cent of the world’s population, producing 15 to 16 per cent of the world’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), while distributing “50 per cent of the world’s “social welfare spending.” Meanwhile, he said mass migration had been the most difficult challenge, but that unfortunately “Europe has not been able to find the proper answers yet.” “What we have been facing is not a refugee crisis, it’s much more than that and much more complicated than that,” he underlined, adding that Hungary is located on the most “intensive” migration route. “This mass migration is composed of asylum seekers, economic migrants, and also some foreign fighters, unfortunately,” he declared, adding that if Europe does not address the challenge now, it will have to face it in the future. Furthermore, he stressed that the situation has resulted from a series of “bad international political decisions,” as well as from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) gaining additional territories. “If we cannot get control over our borders, if we cannot decrease the influx, if we cannot decrease the pressure, then Europe can be destabilized as well – first the peripheries, and then even the centre – so I would like to stress again it’s a global challenge, that needs a global answer, global solution, based on global participation.” He added that instead of addressing the consequences of conflicts, the UN must focus on stabilizing the situation, while Member States needed to put together a proposal to set quotas and ensure that Europe is able address the increase of services. Meanwhile, in his remarks, the Permanent Representative of San Marino to the United Nations, Daniele D. Bodini, spoke about the global challenges of international migration and conflict. Permanent Representative of San Marino, Daniele D. Bodini, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Cia Pak “Every day we are witnessing the tragic migration from Africa and Asia towards Europe,” said Mr Bodini. “These desperate people leave their countries and their families behind to flee from conflicts, violence, and persecution. Thousands of them already died in the Mediterranean Sea.” He said that his county was pleased to see the organization of a high-level meeting on strengthening cooperation on migration and refugee movements to address the issue. Mr. Bodini also spoke about Iraq and Syria, “where an ongoing inhumane ethnic and religious cleansing is carried out with unprecedented ferocity.” He said that he hoped that, a diplomatic solution would be achieved in the near future. He also noted the need for Security Council reform, saying: “We believe that a reform of the Council shall include an enlargement in the category of non-permanent members and a more balanced geographical distribution,” he said, adding that he believed it should be achieved with “the widest possible consensus.” read more

UK weather Heatwave to return with highs of up to 33C as

A northwest/southeast split across the country today. Windier 🍃 and cooler in the northwest with spells of rain 🌧️, whilst eastern Scotland, England and Wales will have a fine ☀️ afternoon with one or two showers 🌦️— Met Office (@metoffice) July 31, 2018 The hot weather is not far away and will make a comeback as we reach the end of this week 🌡️ #HeatwaveUK #HeatwaveReturns— Met Office (@metoffice) July 30, 2018 A Met Office spokeswoman said: “In terms of the weekend just gone, they were the first two days this month where temperatures haven’t reached 25C (77F) but we have got back to that point today, it hit 25.3C (77.5F) in Cavendish in Suffolk so it’s already starting to warm up again.”Over the next few days there will be something of a north and south split – high pressure is already starting to build up in the south, bringing dry, fine and weather.” Currently, July this year is the 13th driest on record, the Met Office said.The driest ever July was in 1955, when an average of 30.6mm rainfall was measured across the UK. Comparable records for rainfall date back to 1910. The UK is facing a north/south split this week, with parts of the country bracing themselves for another scorching spell after a brief respite from the heatwave over the weekend.While sun worshippers will rejoice after heavy downpours over the weekend and on Tuesday morning, those facing commutes will probably wish they lived at the other end of the country as the heatwave returns with a vengeance.Weather forecasters have warned that the mercury is likely to hit 30C (86F) across the south of England by Friday, instead of being concentrated solely in the south east.The thermometer will carry on climbing over the weekend, reaching highs of 32C (89.6F)and possibly 33C (91.4F).–– ADVERTISEMENT ––While the south sizzles, northern parts of the UK will continue to see showers with temperatures sitting in the mid 20s. “This is likely to include quite a wide area across the southern part of the UK – it will widely hit 30C (86F) across southern England and Wales, and the very hot weather will return as we approach the weekend.”Video: Summer getaway hit by weather transport chaos She warned: “Southern England and Wales are going to turn quite hot by Friday – temperatures will probably reach 30C (86F) by that point. An average 49.9mm of rain fell across the UK from July 1 to July 29, according to provisional figures from the Met Office, and with further rain expected this week, the final total could be higher.The total for the whole of July 1976 was 43.3mm. The UK suffered a long heatwave during the summer of 1976, which helped make July 1976 the joint ninth driest on record. The north of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland can expect outbreaks of much-needed rain on Tuesday, Wednesday and in to Thursday.The spokeswoman said: “It’s a more varied picture across the north but it’s an improving situation – sunshine with some showers and a similar story across the weekend.”By Friday the temperatures could get into the mid 20s, so warming up, just not as hot as it is in the south.”The weather broke on Friday, treating the parched landscape to a deluge of rain. It meant this July will be wetter than the blistering heatwave of July 1976.Weather map for Tuesday and week ahead Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more