2 October 2020

Colombian child rights defender wins UNHCR’s Nansen Refugee Award

Geneva, 1 October 2020. This year’s laureate of the Nansen Refugee Award - a humanitarian prize given annually by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency - is an educator who has spent more than 20 years rescuing sexually exploited and trafficked children, many of them refugees. Mayerlín Vergara Pérez, Maye, has dedicated her life to [...]

16 September 2020

UNHCR and Religions for Peace form Multi-Religious Council of Leaders to tackle global displacement challenges

Geneva, 15 September 2020 UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and Religions for Peace, a global, multi-religious movement representing the world’s faith institutions and traditions, announced today a commitment to form a Multi-Religious Council of Leaders to strengthen efforts to address the root causes of conflict and displacement, and to support peacebuilding, inclusion  and reconciliation efforts. [...]

18 June 2020

UNHCR Global Trends report: 1 percent of humanity displaced

Copenhagen, 18 June 2020 UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is today appealing to countries worldwide to do far more to find homes for millions of refugees and others displaced by conflict, persecution or events seriously disturbing public order. This is as a report released today showed that forced displacement is now affecting more than [...]

28 April 2020

Coronavirus: UNHCR offers practical recommendations in support of European countries to ensure access to asylum and safe reception

Europe, 27 April 2020 With the world mobilizing to combat the spread of COVID-19, many countries in Europe and beyond have adopted exceptional measures to manage their borders, limiting air travel and cross-border mobility. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has called today on European countries to safeguard the many good practices and redouble their [...]

15 April 2020

Press Release: The Council of Europe and UNHCR support Member States in bringing refugee health workers into the COVID-19 response

Geneva, 14 April 2020 As many European countries continue to struggle with the unprecedent COVID-19 crisis, the Council of Europe and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, today encourage States to benefit from the support refugee health professionals can provide to national health systems at this critical juncture. “In recent weeks, several States in Europe [...]

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 [...]