United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Committee Description

Established in 1951, The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was originally intended to exist for three years to assist refugees and displaced people in Europe following the Second World War. It didn’t take long for the United Nations to realize that the status of refugees was a globally pervasive issue and one that would require more than three years of involvement. Today, the UNHCR has won two Nobel Peace Prizes, operates in 130 countries and pursues two principal mandates: to provide international protection to refugees and to seek durable solutions for them by cooperating with governments. The agency is presently responsible for addressing a refugee crisis that encompasses Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Whether it’s leading awareness campaigns, operating refugee camps to provide safe haven for those fleeing war and persecution, or cooperating with governments to protect and repatriate refugees – the UNHCR is responsible for ensuring the safety of millions – a task that has become increasingly more difficult in today’s polarized political landscape.

The UNHCR is an intermediate committee. Delegates with some experience in MUN are preferred, although anybody with ability and interest may be chosen for this committee.

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Please submit all position papers and inquiries relating to UNHCR to [email protected].

Topics | Backgrounders

Topic A: The Rohingya Refugee Crisis (View Backgrounder)

Topic B: Protecting Women's Rights in Refugee Camps (View Backgrounder)


Inaya Ali
Inaya is a grade 11 IB student at Port Moody Secondary School and is enthused to serve as your director for UNHCR. After becoming fully immersed in the Model UN world, she has become drawn to the exhilarating world of debate and diplomacy. Despite her keen interest in foreign affairs, her main passion and favorite aspect of MUN is the debate. In her spare time, which she doesn’t have a lot of, Inaya enjoys a variety of sports and going on adventures. Inaya is so excited to direct this Committee and looks forward to meeting everyone.

Semeion Wong
Semeion is currently a Grade 12 student attending R.A. McMath Secondary and is ecstatic to serve as the Chair for UNHRC at CAIMUN 2018. Since attending her first conference in Grade 10, Semeion has become infatuated with international relations and public speaking. Aside from Model UN conferences, you can probably find her explaining how to pronounce her name or slamming on buzzers at Reach for the Top tournaments. Additionally, you can find her debating on whether she wants to be a lawyer or a surgeon, depending on whether she's watching Suits or Grey's Anatomy at the moment. Semeion wishes for all delegates to have an enjoyable time in her committee.