UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a lifeline for people displaced by violence, conflict and persecution. We ensure safety and search durable solution for persons of concern.
The High Commissioner for Refugees is mandated by the United Nations to lead and coordinate international action for the worldwide protection of refugees and the resolution of refugee problems.
UNHCR’s primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. In its efforts to achieve this objective, the Office strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, and to return home voluntarily. By assisting refugees to return to their own country or to settle permanently in another country, UNHCR also seeks lasting solutions to their plight. UNHCR’s Executive Committee and the UN General Assembly have authorized involvement with other groups. These include former refugees who have returned to their homeland internally displaced people and people who are stateless or whose nationality is disputed.
The Office seeks to reduce situations of forced displacement by encouraging States and other institutions to create conditions which are conducive to the protection of human rights and the peaceful resolution of disputes. In all of its activities, it pays particular attention to the needs of children and seeks to promote the equal rights of women and girls. The Office works in partnership with governments, regional organizations, international and nongovernmental organizations. It is committed to the principle of participation, believing that refugees and others who benefit from the organization’s activities should be consulted over decisions which affect their lives.
The UN refugee agency emerged in the wake of World War II to help Europeans displaced by that conflict. Optimistically, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. Throughout the year, organization aiding and protecting people forced to flee their homes due to violence, conflict and persecution. With no ending sign of those situations, the number of refugees and displaced raise dramatically. UNHCR provides shelter, food, water, medical care and other life- saving assistance to refugees around the world.
The hope of returning home is fading. Undoubtedly, when possible, UNHCR helps refugees return to their homeland. In the time being, we are searching for durable solutions for them. Rebuild their lives in another country is a choice, depend on their willingness. Since its formation by the United Nations General Assembly in 1950, the legal foundation of helping refugees and the basic statute guiding UNHCR's work. UNHCR has helped an estimated 50 million refugees restart their lives.
However, even the political obstacles facing the organization, but UNHCR step forward and keep helping the refugees and persons of concern. More than 8,000 UNHCR’s staffs around the world work with their full effort to provide all assistant in need. We received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1954 and 1981 guarantee the dedication on humanitarian and world peace