United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

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The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is a part of the United Nations. The purpose of this agency is to protect and support refugees when governments or the UN ask for help. The UNHCR helps refugees return home out of their voluntary will, settle locally, or move to a third country according to the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and other international law. The agency's headquarters are in Geneva, Switzerland. It is a member of the United Nations Development Group chaired by United Nations Development Programme.[1] The UNHCR has won two Nobel Peace Prizes in 1954 and in 1981.[2]

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  1. http://www.undg.org/index.cfm?P=13
  2. "Nobel Laureates Facts – Organizations". Nobel Foundation. http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/lists/organizations.html. Retrieved 2009-10-13.