This blog has been designed to provide information about the activities held at the social studies bilingual sections in CPI Tino Grandío (Guntín,Spain). The English language and Social Studies teachers have elaborated most of the resources you can see but our "auxiliares de conversa" also have their own page and posts. Therefore everyone is invited to have a look .

Thursday, June 2, 2016

What is the UNHCR?

What is UNHCR?
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR, ACNUR in Spanish) is a part of the United Nations. The purpose of this agency is to protect and support refugees when governments or the UN ask for help. The UNHCR helps refugees return home out of their voluntary will, settle locally, or move to a third country according to the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and other international law. The agency's headquarters are in GenevaSwitzerland. It is a member of the United Nations Development Group chaired by United Nations Development Programme. The UNHCR has won two Nobel Peace Prizes in 1954 and in 1981. (information from Simple Wikipedia)

What  does it do?
At the end of 2007, UNHCR was caring for almost 33 million people, of whom nearly 80% were women and children.
UNHCR not only provides aid to refugees but also to other groups such as internal displaced persons, asylum seekers, the stateless, the repatriated and other needy people. There are more than 40 million rootless people either being cared for by UNHCR or outside its field of action in the world, which is one out of every 156 people on the planet. (text from FC Barcelona)

Aid for 60 million people 
Since it was set up more than half a century ago, UNHCR has provided aid to around 60 million people, which has brought it two Nobel Peace Prizes (in 1954 and 1981) and the Principe de Asturias International Cooperation Prize in 2001. 
Refugees are people who are outside their own country due to fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, belonging to a specific social group or for having particular political opinions. Many have fled from war and violations of human rights.  (text from FC Barcelona)

International protection 
UNHCR’s biggest responsibility, called “international protection”, consists of ensuring respect for the basic rights of refugees (including the right to seek asylum) and guaranteeing that no-one will be returned against their will to a country in which they fear persecution. The organisation promotes international conventions on refugees, verifies governmental compliance with international law and provides emergency aid and material support to civilians who flee, providing them with food, water, shelter and medical care.  (text from FC Barcelona)

Seeking solutions 
Along with governments, NGOs and civil society, UNHCR seeks lasting solutions for refugees in three main areas: voluntary repatriation, which is often the preferred solution for most refugees and host governments, although it is not always possible and in these cases UNHCR helps these people to integrate and rebuild their lives in another place, whether in the country of asylum or in a third country which wishes to accept these rootless people in a process of resettlement.  (text from FC Barcelona)

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