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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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UNHCR welcomes entry into force of the Istanbul Convention and encourages worldwide accession

30 July 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Speeches/Statements

Statement by Volker Türk, Director of International Protection (57th Meeting of the Standing Committee, Agenda Item 3)

25 June 2013 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Speeches/Statements

Coping with Contemporary Conflicts: 'Conflict refugees' and the 1951 Convention protection regime

23 April 2013 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Speeches/Statements

Introductory remarks by Mr. Volker Türk, Director of International Protection, UNHCR, to the International Meeting on Refugee Protection, Statelessness and Mixed Migration Movements in the Americas: Launch of the UNHCR Commemorations in the Americas, Brasilia, Brazil, 11 November 2010

11 November 2010 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Speeches/Statements

Statement of Vincent Cochetel Representative to the United States and the Caribbean United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Regarding Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons in and from Sudan Before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, September 30, 2010

30 September 2010 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Speeches/Statements

UNHCR's Contribution to the European Commission's Consultation on a proposed European Union Strategy to combat violence against women

9 July 2010 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Speeches/Statements

La trata y su incidencia en la protección internacional de refugiados - Ponencia del ACNUR ante el Congreso Internacional sobre los Derechos Humanos de las Mujeres Migrantes, auspiciado por la Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores del Gobierno de México (25 de abril de 2006)

25 April 2006 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Speeches/Statements

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