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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Topics | Backgrounders

Topic A: Rohinga Refugee Crisis

Topic B: Protection of Women's Rights within Refugee Camps

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