UNHCR

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR gives protection and support to refugees globally. Established in 1950, it is one of the most important humanitarian organizations in the world. It is headquartered in Geneva, with regional offices in over 120 countries. More than 80 percent of the agency's staff work in the field.

Mandate of the High Commissioner

The UNHCR is mandated by its Statute and guided by the definitions of the 1951 Geneva Refugee Convention and 1967 Protocol. Its mandate has, however, gradually been expanded to include protecting and providing humanitarian assistance to other persons of concern, including internally displaced persons. The UNHCR seeks lasting solutions by assisting refugees to return to their own country and integrate locally, or resettle in another country.

Who the UNHCR helps:

UNHCR Northern Europe

UNHCR Northern Europe. UNHCR’s activities in the Northern Europe region are currently overseen by the UNHCR Regional Representation for Northern Europe located in Stockholm, Sweden, in addition to the UNHCR Regional Liaison Office, Vilnius, Lithuania.

See also DagDok on Refugees.

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More on UNHCR

The UNHCR website provides background information, news, full text documents, reports and statistics.

The 1951 Geneva Convention with the 1967 Protocol is issued in several versions:

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 1981 and 1954.

UN documents and publications in catalogues and databases

  • United Nations Digital Library offers UN documents and open access publications, UN voting data and speeches, UN maps, Content in 6+ languages. Replaces the traditional online catalogue UNBISnet.
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