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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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Remarks to the UN General Assembly plenary meeting, "Global awareness of the tragedies of irregular migrants in the Mediterranean basin, with specific emphasis on Syrian asylum seekers"

7 April 2017 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Speeches/Statements

News comment by Volker Türk, UNHCR's Assistant High Commissioner for Protection on new Mediterranean shipwreck

29 March 2017 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Speeches/Statements

Joint Statement on Mediterranean Crossings

23 April 2015 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Speeches/Statements

New Mediterranean boat tragedy may be biggest ever, urgent action is needed now

19 April 2015 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Speeches/Statements

UNHCR, IOM, IMO, UNODC and OHCHR Joint Statement on Protection at Sea in the Twenty-First Century

11 December 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Speeches/Statements

UNHCR's Statement re PACE Recommendation & Resolution on large-scale arrival of mixed migratory flows on Italian Shores

8 July 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Speeches/Statements

Statement of Erika Feller, Assistant High Commissioner - Protection, UNHCR, at the INTERTANKO Annual Tanker Event (Tokyo, Japan, 14 May 2009), "Sea Rescues - A Duty and a Matter of Conscience!"

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

Declaración de la señora Erika Feller, Alta Comisionada Asistente en Materia de Protección, ACNUR, Reunión anual de operadores de carga INTERTANKO (Tokio, Japón, 14 de mayo de 2009), "Salvamento en el Mar: ¡Un deber y una cuestión de conciencia!"

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

Presentation by Ms. Erika Feller, Director, Department of International Protection, UNHCR, at the International Shipping Federation Manning and Training Conference, The British Library, London: "Asylum-seekers, refugees and Rescue-at-Sea"

11 September 2002 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Speeches/Statements

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