UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, Representative in Bangladesh Johannes van der Klaauw has said the visit of the Queen of the Belgians will help keep the attention on the Rohingya situation, which continues to be one of the largest refugee crises in the world.
"Queen’s visit comes as the crisis is well in to its sixth year of displacement, and against the backdrop of a serious decline in available funding," he said.
The UNHCR Representative in Bangladesh said the Queen’s visit is a significant support to their ongoing efforts to mobilize sufficient funding for life-saving and life-sustaining assistance but also for key protection services, especially for women and children, such as preventing gender-based violence and addressing mental health problems.
On her second day of visiting Bangladesh, the Queen of the Belgians traveled to the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, the largest refugee camp in the world.
She met with Rohingya women, men, and youths to learn about their challenges, opportunities, anxieties, hopes and dreams.
The visit to the Rohingya camps was organized on the occasion of the Queen’s visit to Bangladesh in her capacity of the UN Secretary General’s Advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).