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New UNHCR website launched

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New UNHCR website launched

16 June 2009

UNHCR yesterday (Monday) launched its new global website as we begin the week leading up to the annual World Refugee Day on Saturday, June 20.

The website, which was launched first in English, is a vital component in our communications work aimed at bringing the realities of the forcibly displaced and stateless to life, while emphasising the value of UNHCR's work in responding.

The new site is at the same address as the old one -

It tells the human story behind the refugee statistics and news, illustrates the impact of our work, and helps UNHCR set the agenda on refugee issues. It will continue to carry breaking news and comprehensive information about our humanitarian operations worldwide.

We believe the website's visually-led design, new layout and faster search engine will provide an easier-to-navigate and vastly improved web experience. The site will integrate various social media into one platform, boosting UNHCR's conversation with online communities globally.

The new website was designed pro bono with the help of VML, part of the WPP group, a key corporate partner of UNHCR. The architecture, development and implementation was completed by our Electronic Publishing Unit in collaboration with the UNHCR Communications Service.