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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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Statement of Mr. António Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, African Union Special Summit of Heads of State and Government on Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons in Africa, Kampala, Uganda, 22 October 2009

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

Statement by Ms. Erika Feller, Assistant High Commissioner - Protection, at the Sixtieth Session of the Executive Committee of the High Commissioner's Programme

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

"Protecting People in Conflict and Crisis - Responding to the Challenges of a Changing World", Opening Address: "Humanitarian Space", by Erika Feller, Assistant High Commissioner - Protection, UNHCR (Oxford, 22 September 2009)

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

Statement by UNHCR at the interactive panel discussion on "human rights of migrants in detention centres" (12th session of the Human Rights Council)

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

Statement by Erika Feller, Assistant High Commissioner - Protection, UNHCR, at the "Refugee Futures" Conference (Monash University Prato Centre, 11 September 2009)

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

Remarks by Erika Feller, Assistant High Commissioner - Protection, at the CCME Conference "Towards the Common EU Resettlement Scheme - the Road Ahead" (Stockholm, Sweden, 25-28 August 2009)

25 August 2009 | 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

Introductory Statement by George Okoth-Obbo, Director, Division of International Protection Services, for agenda item 3(c), "Report on the International Protection of Women and Girls in Displacement" (EC/60/SC/CRP.11)

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

Introductory Statement by George Okoth-Obbo, Director, Division of International Protection Services, for item 3(b), "Report on Statelessness"

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

Introduction by Erika Feller, Assistant High Commissioner - Protection (45th Meeting of the Standing Committee Agenda Item 3)

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

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