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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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Summary of key outcomes - 30 March 2016 High Level Meeting on global responsibility sharing through pathways for admission of Syrian refugees

14 April 2016 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Conference Reports

High-level meeting on global responsibility sharing through pathways for admission of Syrian refugees, Geneva, 30 March 2016 - Background Note

30 March 2016 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Conference Reports

Co-Chairs' Summary : "Mapping Disembarkation Options: Towards Strengthening Cooperation in Managing Irregular Movements by Sea," 3-4 March 2014 Bangkok, Thailand

4 March 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Conference Reports

Background Paper : "Mapping Disembarkation Options: Towards Strengthening Cooperation in Managing Irregular Movements by Sea"

4 March 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Conference Reports

Concept Note : Meeting under the RSO Auspices on "Mapping Disembarkation Options: Towards Strengthening Cooperation in Managing Irregular Movements by Sea," 23-24 January 2014 Bangkok, Thailand

December 2013 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Conference Reports

Roundtable on Refugee Protection and International Migration in the Western Balkans: Suggestions for a Comprehensive Regional Approach (10 - 11 December 2013, Vienna, Austria)

February 2013 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Conference Reports

Breakout Session 1: Gaps in the International Protection Framework and in Its Implementation

8 December 2010 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Conference Reports

Breakout Session 2: International Cooperation, Burden Sharing and Comprehensive Regional Approaches

8 December 2010 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Conference Reports

Document conceptuel Dialogue du Haut Commissaire sur les défis de protection : "Lacunes et réponses de protection" (Genève, 8-9 décembre 2010)

17 August 2010 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Conference Reports

Concept Paper High Commissioner's Dialogue on Protection Challenges. "Protection Gaps and Responses" (Geneva, 8-9 December 2010)

17 August 2010 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Conference Reports

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