UN refugee official to visit refugees in Chad, Central African Republic

With 115,000 refugees in Chad and 50,700 in the Central African Republic (CAR), a senior United Nations refugee agency official begins a six-day tour of refugee camps tomorrow to try to remove impediments to repatriation.

Two academic chairs to honour the memory of slain UN envoy

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has signed the first of two agreements to set up academic chairs in Brazilian universities in the name of Sergio Vieira de Mello, the top UN envoy in Iraq slain in a bomb attack at UN headquarters in Baghdad 19 August.

General Assembly extends term of UN High Commissioner for Refugees

The United Nations General Assembly decided today to extend the term of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Ruud Lubbers, for two more years.

UN refugee agency launches new guidelines to combat violence against women

The United Nations refugee agency has launched revised guidelines for combating sexual and gender-based violence against displaced women and children in a bid to ensure better delivery of services and protection of those at risk.

Annan urges world community to save young refugees from 'life without hope'

With the future of millions of young refugees jeopardized by war, hatred and exile, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today appealed to the international community to make “serious and sustained efforts” to solve the problems that cause displacement in the first place.

UN agency gears up to mark World Refugee Day

A classical music concert at the headquarters of the United Nations refugee agency in Geneva, an Africa symposium in Tokyo with the top UN refugee official, a celebrity-led festival in the United States and charity auctions in Italy and Spain are just some of the events that will honour millions of refugee youths tomorrow on World Refugee Day.

Chief of UN refugee agency calls for aid to countries to curb people smuggling

The top United Nations refugee official today called for a policy of “burden sharing” to help host countries near the origin of outflows accommodate refugees and thus curb people smuggling and related transnational crime.