25 October 2019

UNHCR launches sustainable energy strategy, strengthens climate action

In recognition of the growing climate crisis and to boost refugees’ access to safe and sustainable energy, while minimising its own environmental impact, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, launched a four-year Global Strategy for Sustainable Energy.   The strategy promotes the transition to clean, renewable energy at refugee camps and hosting sites, including for individual [...]

4 October 2019

Press release: UNHCR urges more support to boost refugee access to tertiary education

Geneva, 03 October 2019 Only three per cent of refugees have access to higher education, according to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. In its “Refugee Student Voices: Refugee Students In Higher Education” report released this week, UNHCR is calling for critical support to scale up existing programs and to help secure futures. “In recent years [...]

4 October 2019

UNHCR Press Release – Kyrgyz human rights lawyer wins UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award

02 October 2019 A lawyer, whose work has supported the efforts of the Kyrgyz Republic in becoming the first country in the world to end statelessness, has been selected as the 2019 winner of the UN Refugee Agency’s Nansen Refugee Award. Azizbek Ashurov, through his organization Ferghana Valley Lawyers Without Borders (FVLWB), has helped [...]

4 July 2019

Kyrgyzstan ends statelessness in historic first

Geneva, 4 July 2019 - In a breakthrough in the global fight against statelessness, the Kyrgyz Republic has today become a leading example of how statelessness can be eradicated by bringing the number of stateless people in the country from 13,000 to zero in just five years.In a ceremony this morning in the capital, Bishkek, [...]

11 June 2019

Refugees and migrants from Venezuela top 4 million: UNHCR and IOM

Geneva, 07 June 2019 - The number of Venezuelans leaving their country has reached 4 million, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and IOM, the International Organization for Migration, announced today. Globally, Venezuelans are one of the single largest population groups displaced from their country. The pace of the outflow from Venezuela has been staggering. [...]

17 May 2019

Over 250,000 Rohingya refugees get identity documents, for many a first

Geneva, 17 May 2019 - This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Over a quarter of a million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar have now been jointly registered and provided [...]