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The Office of UNHCR

UNHCR is governed by the UN General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

 

The UNHCR reports to the UN General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The General Assembly appoints the UNHCR High Commissioner, a position currently held by Filippo Grandi. The agency’s programmes and budgets are approved by The UNHCR Executive Committee.

UNHCR operations are complex and global in nature. In addition to ensuring the safety of refugees, UNCHR must also protect its staff in dangerous situations, while handling everything from the procurement of medical supplies and bulk food shipments to aircraft charters.

Administrative activities such as operations, protection, external relations, human resources and finances are headquartered in Geneva, with the assistance of regional bureaus.

UNHCR currently has a staff of 11,517, who work on various aspects of our missions through a network of regional offices, branch offices, sub-offices and field offices located in 128 countries.

 

Regional Representation in China

In 1997, the UNHCR office in Beijing became a Regional Office covering Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

History of UNHCR

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly.

UNHCR People

UNHCR’s Goodwill Ambassadors are the public faces of the UN refugee agency. They help promoting UNHCR to every corner of the world through their celebrity, influence and hard work.

UNHCR in Hong Kong

The UNHCR Sub-Office Hong Kong (“SOHK”) reports to the Office in Beijing and covers both the Hong Kong and Macau Special Administrative Regions.

About Us

UNHCR is an impartial organization, offering protection and assistance to refugees and others on the basis of their needs, irrespective of their race, religion, political opinion or gender.

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Information about UNHCR Offices around the world