United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Committee Description

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established in 1950 with the intention of helping the millions of European refugees who had fled their homes as a result of the Second World War. It works on the basis of the basic human right to seek asylum. The main goal of UNHCR is to provide a safe refuge for those who have fled violence, war, persecution or disaster at home; its directive has expanded over the years to ensure the protection of all displaced persons, including those who are internally displaced.

In Central Asia, including the Republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, the Regional Office coordinates its humanitarian efforts. Since the 1990s, UNHCR has assisted governments in addressing the issue of statelessness by increasing awareness and examining the legal framework controlling citizenship concerns for the purpose of policy advocacy. Recently, UNHCR has been playing an active role in the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine in terms of cooperating with authorities, displaced communities, UN agencies and partners to provide humanitarian aid in the region. Ukraine had been affected by years of conflict and unpredictability even before recent events. Nearly three million people in Ukraine, including more than 850,000 displaced by fighting, required humanitarian assistance by the end of 2021. For millions of people who are displaced from their homes, it helps preserve lives and create better futures.


Curbing the migrant flows through Eastern Europe

Alleviating the issue of internal displacement in Ukraine

Addressing the spillover impacts of Afghan refugee crisis