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UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. In more than five decades, the agency has helped an estimated 50 million people restart their lives. Today, a staff of around 7,092 people in 124 countries continues to help 35.8 million persons.  Website: www.unhcr.org
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High Commissioner's opening statement at the 67th session of the Executive Committee of the High Commissioner's Programme

3 October 2016 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Speeches/Statements

Preventing and Reducing Statelessness: The 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness

March 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Thematic Reports

Protecting the Rights of Stateless Persons: The 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons

March 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Thematic Reports

UNHCR's Mental Health and Psychosocial Support for Persons of Concern

June 2013 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Thematic Reports

UNHCR warns that underfunding threatens international response to Syria crisis

19 March 2013 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

UNHCR calls for safety and security of Iraq's Camp Liberty population

1 March 2013 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

The world turned upside down: A review of protection risks and UNHCR's role in natural disasters

March 2013 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Research, Background and Discussion Papers

El mundo al revés - Un estudio de los riesgos de protección en los desastres naturales y el papel del ACNUR

March 2013 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Research, Background and Discussion Papers

Submission by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees For the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights' Compilation Report - Universal Periodic Review: Republic of Mauritius

March 2013 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Compilations

"A Numbers Game: Counting Refugees and International Burden-Sharing"

19 December 2012 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Speeches/Statements

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