UN Assistant High Commissioner for Protection arrives in Tehran

Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Mr. Volker Türk, has arrived in Tehran on a two-day visit. Mr. Türk is the UN’s leading expert on international protection and his visit is meant to reaffirm UNHCR’s commitment to continue its strong partnership with the Islamic Republic of Iran – one of the world’s largest refugee hosting country.

While in Tehran, UNHCR’s Türk will meet high ranking officials, refugee representatives, diplomatic community and partner humanitarian agencies. He will also seek to update on the progress being made around the global refugee compact.

The global compact is a response to the need for the international community to come together and help countries that are particularly affected by refugee movements. A new deal for refugees will help both refugees and host communities.

The Islamic Republic of Iran has remained an important global partner on refugee protection, currently hosting around a million refugees from Afghanistan for nearly four decades.

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