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United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

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United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

United Nations agency mandated to protect and support refugees at the request of a government or the UN itself and assists in their voluntary repatriation, local integration or resettlement to a third country add

Category: Politics

Founded in 1950.

Countries: (22%), United States (18%), United Kingdom (18%)

Main connections: Neil Gaiman, Stanley Tucci, Cate Blanchett

Linked to: United Nations, League of Nations, Nobel Foundation, United Nations General Assembly

 

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1950

UNHCR's mandate was originally set out in its Statute, annexed to Resolution 428 of the United Nations General Assembly of 1950 add something


1951

UNHCR's mandate has gradually been expanded to include protecting and providing humanitarian assistance to whom it describes as other persons "of concern," including internally displaced persons who would fit the legal definition of a refugee under the 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and 1967 Protocol, the 1969 Organization for African Unity Convention, or some other treaty if they left their country, but who presently remain in their country of origin add something

 

Gerrit Jan van Heuven Goedhart - In 1951, he gave up both occupations to become the first High Commissioner for Refugees of the United Nations

 

However, the organization was only intended to operate for 3 years, from January 1951, due to the disagreement of many UN member states over the implications of a permanent body add something


 

Nobel Peace Prize - The UNHCR itself was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1954 and 1981 add something

 

Since 1954, the UNHCR Nansen Refugee award has been annually awarded to a person or an organization in recognition of outstanding service to the cause of refugees, displaced or stateless people add something

 

The UNHCR has won two Nobel Peace Prizes, once in 1954 and again in 1981 add something

 

Fridtjof Nansen - In 1954 the League's successor body, the United Nations, established the Nansen Medal, later named the Nansen Refugee *award, given annually by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to an individual, group or organisation "in recognition of extraordinary and dedicated service to refugees"

 

Nobel Prize - The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has won the Peace Prize twice for assisting refugees: in 1954 and 1981


1956

In 1956, UNHCR was involved in coordinating the response to the uprising in Hungary add something

 

Gerrit Jan van Heuven Goedhart - Van Heuven Goedhart died in Geneva on July 8, 1956, while being United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees


1960

Decolonization in the 1960s triggered large refugee movements in Africa, creating a massive challenge that would transform UNHCR; unlike the refugee crises in Europe, there were no durable solutions in Africa and many refugees who fled one country only found instability in their new country of asylum add something


1966

Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan - In January 1966, Prince Sadruddin was appointed United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees after serving for three years as Deputy High Commissioner


1970

In the 1970s, UNHCR refugee operations continued to spread around the globe, with the mass exodus of East Pakistanis to India shortly before the birth of Bangladesh add something


1979

Miriam Defensor Santiago - She served as a legal staffer of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees from 1979 to 1980


1980

The 1980s saw new challenges for UNHCR, with many member states unwilling to resettle refugees due to the sharp rise in refugee numbers over the 1970s add something


1984

George Chaponda - From 1984 to 2002, he worked mostly as a senior lawyer for the Office for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Somalia, Kenya, Thailand, Bangladesh, Switzerland, Austria, Poland and Ethiopia


1986

Arnauld Antoine Akodjenou - Akodjènou has extensive experience in the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees , which he joined in 1986, and held various positions within the organization


1995

Superadobe - In 1995 15 refugee shelters were built in Iran, by Nader Khalili and the United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in response to refugees from the Persian Gulf War. According to Khalili the cluster of 15 domes that was built could have been repeated by the thousands


1996

Myron Weiner - Dr. Weiner was chair of the External Research and Advisory Committee of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees from 1996 until his death


1999

In addition, humanitarian intervention by multinational forces became more frequent and the media began to play a big role, particularly in the lead up to the 1999 NATO mission in Yugoslavia, while by contrast, the 1994 Rwandan Genocide had little attention add something

 

FilmAid International - Since 1999, FilmAid has worked in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and other global aid organizations to help bring information and training to more than two million people worldwide


2000

B. N. Srikrishna - He was invited by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to Geneva for a seminar on "New Forms of Persecution" in 2000, and on the "Justiciability of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights" to New Delhi in 2001


2001

Ruud Lubbers - He became the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on January 1, 2001 and served until his resignation on February 20, 2005


2005

Bernard Kouchner - In 2005, Kouchner was a candidate for the position of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees , but lost the appointment in favor of former Portuguese Prime Minister, António Guterres, who was nominated by then-UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan

 

Antonio Guterres - In May 2005 he was appointed High Commissioner for Refugees by Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan


2006

Iraqi insurgency (Iraq War) - In October 2006, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the Iraqi government estimated that more than 370,000 Iraqis had been displaced since the 2006 bombing of the al-Askari Mosque, bringing the total number of Iraqi refugees to more than 1,6 million


2007

L. Craig Johnstone - In 2007, Johnstone was named UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees

 

As of 1 January 2007, UNHCR reported a total of 21 018 589 individuals falling under its mandate add something


2008

Tak Province - According to the UNHCR data of 2008, nearly 95,000 of Thailand's 121,000 registered refugees from Burma are housed in several refugee camps in Tak province of which Mae La camp is the largest with around 45,000 Karen refugees


2011

Angelina Jolie - In 2011, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres presented Jolie with a gold pin reserved for the most long-serving staff, in recognition of her decade as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador.


2012

After 10 years serving as a Goodwill Ambassador, Angelina Jolie was promoted in 2012 to Special Envoy to the High Commissioner add something

 

Japan - According to the UNHCR, in 2012 Japan accepted just 18 refugees for resettlement, while the United States took in 76,000


2013

Kat Graham - Graham has supported UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, since World Refugee Day 2013

 

An example of one such roundtable was the Global Expert Roundtable on Temporary Protection, held in July 2013, who's participants including Kathleen Newland, Director of the Migration Policy Institute, Andrew Schoenholtz, Professor at Georgetown University Law Center, and Alice M. Nah of the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network add something


2014

Kat Graham - In January 2014, she travelled to Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan to meet Syrian refugees and see how UNHCR works to provide food, shelter and education in the camps

 

Zaatari refugee camp - By September 2014, the number of refugees in Zaatari has fallen to 79,000, according to the latest figures from the UNHCR.


2015

The UNHCR has been chosen for the prestigious Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development 2015 add something


2016

Neil Gaiman - In 2016, Gaiman, as well as Cate Blanchett, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Peter Capaldi, Douglas Booth, Jesse Eisenberg, Keira Knightley, Juliet Stevenson, Kit Harington, and Stanley Tucci, appear in the video "What They Took With Them", from the United Nations' refugee agency UNHCR, to help raise awareness of the issue of global refugees

 

Stanley Tucci - On September 12 2016, Tucci, as well as Cate Blanchett, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Peter Capaldi, Douglas Booth, Neil Gaiman, Keira Knightley, Juliet Stevenson, Kit Harington, and Jesse Eisenberg, featured in a video from the United Nations' refugee agency UNHCR to help raise awareness to the global refugee crisis

 

The current High Commissioner is Filippo Grandi, who has held the post since 1 January 2016 add something

 

Holliday Grainger - On 20 June 2016, World Refugee Day Grainger, as well as Jack O'Connell, featured in a film from the United Nations' refugee agency UNHCR to help raise awareness of the global refugee crisis

 

Juliet Stevenson - On 12 September 2016 Stevenson, as well as Cate Blanchett, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Peter Capaldi, Douglas Booth, Neil Gaiman, Keira Knightley, Jesse Eisenberg, Kit Harington, and Stanley Tucci, featured in a video from the United Nations' refugee agency UNHCR to help raise awareness to the global refugee crisis

 

Kit Harington - On 12 September 2016, Harington, as well as Cate Blanchett, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Peter Capaldi, Douglas Booth, Neil Gaiman, Keira Knightley, Juliet Stevenson, Jesse Eisenberg, and Stanley Tucci, featured in a video from the United Nations' refugee agency UNHCR to help raise awareness of the global refugee crisis

 

Peter Capaldi - On September 12, 2016, Capaldi, as well as Cate Blanchett, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jesse Eisenberg, Douglas Booth, Neil Gaiman, Keira Knightley, Juliet Stevenson, Kit Harington and Stanley Tucci, featured in a video from the United Nations' refugee agency UNHCR to help raise awareness to the global refugee crisis

 

Stanley Tucci - On September 12, 2016, Tucci, as well as Cate Blanchett, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Peter Capaldi, Douglas Booth, Neil Gaiman, Keira Knightley, Juliet Stevenson, Kit Harington, and Jesse Eisenberg, featured in a video from the United Nations' refugee agency UNHCR to help raise awareness to the global refugee crisis

 

On 19 September 2016, UN General Assembly hosted the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants, a high-level summit to address large movements of refugees and migrants, with the aim of bringing countries together behind a more humane and coordinated approach add something

 

On 28 September 2016, the UNHCR partnered with the UN Food and Agricultural Organization in Tehran for the Solutions Strategy for Afghan Refugees add something


2018

Ben Stiller - He was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR on July 2, 2018