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

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References[change | change source]

  1. "UNDG Members". Archived from the original on 2011-05-11. Retrieved 2011-11-22.
  2. "Nobel Laureates Facts – Organizations". Nobel Foundation. Retrieved 2009-10-13.