UNHCR

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Committee Description

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), also known as the UN Refugee Agency, was established in 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly and its headquarters is located in Geneva, Switzerland. The agency is mandated to lead and coordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems at the request of a government or the UN itself. It aims to ensure that everyone can actuate the right to seek asylum and assists in their local integration or possible resettlement to a third country. UNHCR’s mandate has been expanded over the years to include protecting and providing humanitarian assistance to people who would fit the legal definition of “refugee” (including Internally Displaced People) under the 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees.

The Latin America-Caribbean region is particularly a colossal concern for UNHCR, regarding that it is home to 210 thousand refugees and 6.5 million internally Displaced Persons (IDP’s). The 2014 Cartagena+30 process proposed by UNHCR and welcomed by states in the region provides arrangements for effectively managing refugee movements in the region. The process assists participating States to work together to uphold the highest international and regional protection standards, find innovative solutions to protect refugees, displaced people and end the plight of the region’s stateless.

Agenda

Establishing a framework for the migrant movement from Central and South America to North America.

Enhancing international cooperation for voluntary repatriation in the Andean region.

Monitoring the movement of refugees from the Caribbean through sea.

Chair Reports

Report 1 by Ekin Fergan
Establishing a framework for the migrant movement from Central and South America to North America.
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Report 2 by Sinan Orhun
Monitoring the movement of refugees from the Caribbean through sea.
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Report 3 by Ekin Fergan, Sinan Orhun
Enhancing international cooperation for voluntary repatriation in the Andean region.
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