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Cate Blanchett appointed UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador3 May 2016
The actress takes on the role at a time when war, conflict, and persecution have forced around 60 million people worldwide to run for their lives, the largest number since World War II.
Massive loss of life reported in latest Mediterranean tragedy21 Apr 2016
An overcrowded boat sank in the Mediterranean in what could be one of the worst tragedies involving refugees and migrants in the last 12 months.
UNHCR emergency airlift to aid Ecuador quake relief19 Apr 2016
The UN Refugee Agency is readying preparations for a major aid airlift to help people displaced by the disastrous earthquake in Ecuador.
UNHCR chief lauds Pope’s solidarity with refugees18 Apr 2016
During the visit, Pope Francis called on world leaders to respond with courage in facing this massive humanitarian crisis and its underlying causes, and to provide protection and long-term solutions for refugees fleeing war and violence.
UNHCR regrets violence at Idomeni12 Apr 2016
“Violence is wrong whatever the circumstances. UNHCR hopes Europe will take the necessary steps now, and we stand ready to help governments further in fulfilling their obligations to refugees,” said UNHCR spokesperson Edwards.
UN Secretary-General says more help needed for Syrian refugees31 Mar 2016
The biggest refugee and displacement crisis of our time demands an exponential increase in global solidarity.
UNHCR: 1 in 10 Syrian refugees will need resettling30 Mar 2016
Refugees fleeing conflict and violence and arriving in Europe carry an important message: addressing their plight cannot only be the task of countries and communities that are close to wars. It is a global responsibility that must be widely shared until peace prevails again.
UN Refugee Agency applauds Philippine Supreme Court decision recognizing foundlings as citizens18 Mar 2016
“We welcome this development to recognize foundlings as citizens of the Philippines. The country has a strong humanitarian tradition of international protection in support of those at risk of being stateless.”
Statement by UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie-Pitt on the 5th Anniversary of the Syria Conflict16 Mar 2016
We are at an exceptionally difficult moment internationally, when the consequences of the refugee crisis seem to be outstripping our will and capacity and even our courage to respond to it. It is not wrong to feel unsettled faced by a crisis of such complexity and such magnitude. But we must not let fears get the better of us.
Syria Conflict at 5 Years15 Mar 2016
Syria is the biggest humanitarian and refugee crisis of our time, a continuing cause of suffering for millions which should be garnering a groundswell of support around the world.