17 December 2019

World gathering on refugees opens in Geneva after ‘decade of displacement’

Geneva, 16 December 2019 Global Refugee Forum, 16–18 December in Geneva A three-day global gathering aimed at transforming the way the world responds to refugee situations starts today in Geneva, Switzerland. The first-ever Global Refugee Forum brings together refugees, heads of state and government, UN leaders, international institutions, development organizations, business leaders and civil [...]

12 December 2019

Sporting world pledge support for refugees, ahead of next week’s Global Refugee Forum

Geneva, 10 December 2019 Over 80 organizations join UNHCR and the International Olympic Committee to help young refugees discover their potential through sports. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced today that more than 80 entities – including National Olympic Committees, international sporting federations, national associations, clubs, and civil [...]

25 October 2019

UNHCR launches sustainable energy strategy, strengthens climate action

24 October, 2019  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, [...]

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, [...]