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UNHCR turns 70



UNHCR turns 70

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, was formally entrusted with its mandate on December 14, 1950 – 70 years ago – when the UN General Assembly adopted its Statute. For seven decades, we have been protecting people forced to flee.

This is an opportunity to reflect on the dedication of UNHCR workers, past and present. UNHCR’s 70th anniversary is a chance for us to travel back in time, reflect on our present work and draw inspiration for the future.

Since 1951, UNHCR mission has been to protect people forced to flee, providing humanitarian assistance and solutions to millions around the world. Today, there are more than 17,000 staff working in 135 countries around the world. Given the rising numbers of the forcibly displaced, this is not a moment for celebration. But the Agency is proud of its work within the United Nations and feel privileged to serve refugees, the internally displaced and the stateless.

Its 70th anniversary is a reminder to the world to tackle the root causes of displacement crises. Only concerted international action and political will can resolve new and protracted conflicts and crises.