13 January 2021

UNHCR calls for EU to ensure a new chapter for refugee protection

Europe, 12 January 2021 UNHCR’s recommendations to the EU Presidencies in 2021 As a new year begins, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is calling on Portugal and Slovenia to harness their 2021 European Union (EU) Presidencies and negotiations on the EU Pact on Migration and Asylum and show leadership to better protect refugees in [...]

14 December 2020

UNHCR marks 70 years of protecting people forced to flee

Copenhagen, 14 December 2020 14 December 2020 marks the 70th anniversary of UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. For seven decades, the organization has been protecting refugees globally. As there are now more than 80 million forcibly displaced in the world, we are using this anniversary to reflect on the past, present, and future of [...]

8 December 2020

Online events hosted by UN City agencies in December

Copenhagen, 8 December 2020 We are very happy to invite you to participate in three online events this month. On 10 December, WHO/Europe will host a webinar on belonging and loneliness. On 14 December the key findings of the UNEP Emissions Gap Report 2020 Webinar will be discussed. And on 15 December DRC and UNHCR cordially [...]

7 December 2020

UNHCR launches Danish teaching material on refugees

Copenhagen, 7 December 2020 Who is a refugee? Where do people flee from – and where do they seek safety? What would you take with you if you were forced to leave your home in a split second? These are some of the questions that pupils are presented with, will get answers to, and must [...]

3 December 2020

Donors show solidarity with refugees and steadfast support for UNHCR programmes for 2021

Geneva 02 December 2020 Donor governments today pledged a record US$932 million to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, for next year’s activities at its annual pledging conference in Geneva. These generous initial pledges will allow UNHCR to continue to deliver life-saving aid and to protect the rights of nearly 80 million refugees, displaced and [...]

24 November 2020

UN General Assembly extends mandate for High Commissioner Grandi

Geneva, 23 November 2020 The United Nations General Assembly today renewed the mandate of Filippo Grandi as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for a further two-and-a-half-year-period. The extension of Grandi’s mandate follows a recommendation by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres to the General Assembly. High Commissioner Grandi, welcoming the decision of the General [...]

19 November 2020

UNHCR: Pace of Ethiopian refugee arrivals in Sudan unseen in the last two decades

Geneva, 17 November 2020 This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is warning that a full-scale humanitarian crisis is unfolding as thousands of [...]

12 November 2020

New WHO dashboard quantifies and visualizes European countries’ COVID-19 measures

Copenhagen, 10 November 2020 WHO/Europe has just launched its Public Health and Social Measures (PHSM) Severity Index to provide standardized data on the ways in which countries in the WHO European Region have sought to slow or stop community spread of COVID-19. This latest tool systematically captures and analyses individual governmental PHSM responses to [...]

12 November 2020

UNHCR issues report on statelessness in Denmark

Copenhagen, 10 November 2020 UNHCR’s mapping of statelessness in Denmark, prepared in collaboration with the Danish Institute for Human Rights and Danish authorities, is published today UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, which is also mandated to help and protect stateless people, today publishes the report “Mapping Statelessness in Denmark” – an overview of the extent [...]

11 November 2020

UNHCR urges states to end limbo for stateless people by 2024

Geneva,  11 November 2020 COVID-19 is worsening the plight of millions of stateless people worldwide, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi warned today. Marking the sixth anniversary of UNHCR’s #IBelong Campaign, aimed at ending statelessness by 2024, Grandi called on world leaders to include and protect stateless populations and make bold and swift moves [...]