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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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60th Meeting of the Standing Committee - Agenda item 2: International Protection (1 July 2014), Speech by Volker Türk

1 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

"Judging gender: Asylum adjudication and issues of gender, gender identity and sexual orientation": Keynote statement by Dr Alice Edwards, Senior Legal Coordinator and Chief of the Protection Policy and Legal Advice Section, UNHCR

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

"Ensuring Protection to LGBTI Persons of Concern" : Keynote Address by Volker Turk, Director of International Protection, UNHCR Headquarters

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

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