United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

  • The UNHCR, also known as the UN Refugee Agency, is a UN programme mandated to protect and support refugees at the request of a government or the UN itself and assists in their voluntary repatriation, local integration or resettlement to a third country.
  • Its headquarters is located in GenevaSwitzerland, and it is a member of the United Nations Development Group.
  • The UNHCR has won two Nobel Peace Prizes (in 1954 and again in 1981).
  • The 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees, provide the mandate to UNHCR.