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]

List of High Commissioners[change | change source]

# Photo High Commissioners Nationality Time
Fridtjof Nansen 1925.jpg Nansen, FridtjofFridtjof Nansen  Norway 1922–1927
League of Nations High Commissioner
1 HeuvenGoedhart1944 (cropped).jpg Goedhart, Gerrit Jan van HeuvenGerrit Jan van Heuven Goedhart  Netherlands 1951–1956
2 Auguste R. Lindt.jpg Lindt, Auguste R.Auguste R. Lindt   Switzerland 1956–1960
3 Schnyder, FélixFélix Schnyder   Switzerland 1960–1965
4 Sadruddin Aga Khan (1991) by Erling Mandelmann.jpg Aga Khan, SadruddinSadruddin Aga Khan  Iran 1965–1977
5 Poul Hartling.jpg Hartling, PoulPoul Hartling  Denmark 1978–1985
6 Hocké, Jean-PierreJean-Pierre Hocké   Switzerland 1986–1989
7 Thorvald Stoltenberg 2009.jpg Stoltenberg, ThorvaldThorvald Stoltenberg  Norway 1990
8 Sadako Ogata - World Economic Forum on Africa 2008.jpg Ogata, SadakoSadako Ogata  Japan 1990–2000
9 Ruud Lubbers, 2011 (cropped).jpg Lubbers, RuudRuud Lubbers  Netherlands 2001–2005
(Resign due to internal investigation)
10 António Guterres meeting with Iranian Interior Minister 01.jpg Guterres, AntónioAntónio Guterres  Portugal 2005–2015
11 Filippo Grandi April 2016 (26380573300) (cropped).jpg Grandi, FilippoFilippo Grandi  Italy 2016–present

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References[change | change source]

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