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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

Remarks to the United Nations Security Council António Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees 27 February 2013

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

Mali Situation

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

Statement by Ms. Janet Lim, UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner High Level Segment of the 16th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council

2 March 2011 | 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

Remarks by George Okoth-Obbo, Director, UNHCR Regional Bureau for Africa, for the Panel on "Respecting and implementing the guiding principles of humanitarian assistance at the operational level - assisting the affected populations" of the ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment on "Strengthening of the coordination of humanitarian assistance: present challenges and their impact on the future"

20 July 2009 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Speeches/Statements

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