International Rescue Committee to honour UN refugee official, Angelina Jolie

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres and internationally renown actress Angelina Jolie, one of his agency's most active supporters, will receive the International Rescue Committee's annual Freedom Award for 2007 in New York tomorrow.

Line between migrants and refugees is blurring, UN official says

The line between those who leave their homes out of fear and those who chose to seek a better life across borders is blurring, raising new issues for refugee protection, the senior United Nations official dealing with the problem has said.

UN refugee agency hails planned cooperation pact with Morocco

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today welcomed Morocco's announced intention to sign a cooperation agreement with the agency, saying it would pave the way for improved coordination to help those who have fled to the North African country.

UN refugee agency launches online resource for decision-makers

The United Nations refugee agency has announced the creation of an online “protection tool” for use by those who have to make decisions on the status of people who have fled their homes.

UN refugee agency’s Morocco office re-opens after sit-in

A sit-in by Congolese refugees demanding financial assistance from the Rabat office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has ended peacefully, allowing the facility to re-open, a spokesperson for the agency said today.

UN agency calls for action to save boat people off Malta

The United Nations refugee agency today called attention to the plight of over 50 people – including possibly a number of asylum-seekers – last seen aboard a boat off the south coast of Malta, and urged countries in the region to try to find them.

Winners of North Pole race pledge funds to UN refugee agency

Two intrepid young Britons have won an Arctic sprint to the magnetic North Pole which they say should boost their chances of raising $495,000 for the United Nations refugee agency.

Race to North Pole begins with British pair aiming to raise funds for UN refugee agency

A 640 kilometre race to the North Pole kicked off this week from the last inhabited outpost in northern Canada, with a pair of British adventurers seeking to raise almost $500,000 for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

UN refugee agency raises money through garage sale – literally

With a global appeal for $1.06 billion for 2007, the United Nations needs all the funding it can get, and it is making its own small contribution through a garage sale – literally.