United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
United Nations agency mandated to protect and support refugees
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is a part of the United Nations. The purpose of this agency is to protect and support refugees when governments or the UN ask for help. The UNHCR helps refugees return home out of their voluntary will, settle locally, or move to a third country according to the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and other international law. The agency's headquarters are in Geneva, Switzerland. It is a member of the United Nations Development Group chaired by United Nations Development Programme. The UNHCR has won two Nobel Peace Prizes in 1954 and in 1981.
List of High CommissionersEdit
League of Nations High Commissioner
|1||Gerrit Jan van Heuven Goedhart||Netherlands||1951–1956|
|2||Auguste R. Lindt||Switzerland||1956–1960|
|4||Sadruddin Aga Khan||Iran||1965–1977|
(Resign due to internal investigation)
- ↑ "UNDG Members". Archived from the original on 2011-05-11. Retrieved 2011-11-22.
- ↑ "Nobel Laureates Facts – Organizations". Nobel Foundation. Retrieved 2009-10-13.