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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'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

Remarks by Erika Feller, Assistant High Commissioner - Protection (48th Meeting of the Standing Committee, Agenda Item 3)

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

Statement by Volker Türk, Director, Division of International Protection (48th Meeting of the Standing Committee, Agenda Item 3)

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

UNHCR's Role in Supervising International Protection Standards in the Context of its Mandate - Keynote Address by Volker Türk

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

Statement by UNHCR at the General Segment of the 13th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council

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

"Refugee Protection: Challenges and Opportunities in the Australian Region and Beyond" (Melbourne, 18 February 2010): Statement by Erika Feller, Assistant High Commissioner - Protection, UNHCR

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

Commemoration of the Anniversary of the 100th Session of the Human Rights Committee (Statement by UNHCR)

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

High Commissioner's Closing Remarks at the Dialogue on Protection Challenges for Persons of Concern in Urban Settings, Palais des Nations, Geneva, 10 December 2009

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

"The Common European Asylum System - A vision for the future", Statement by Volker Türk, Director of International Protection (Stockholm, 3 November 2009, Conference on 'The Common European Asylum System: Future Challenges and Opportunities')

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

Message to the African Union Special Summit of Heads of State and Government on Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons in Africa, Kampala, 22 October 2009, Delivered by Mr. António Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees

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

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