UNHCR’s new 1 Billion Miles to Safety campaign invites the public to step in solidarity with refugees

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, have announced a new global campaign calling on people all over the world to cover the distance travelled by refugees each year. The 1 Billion Miles to Safety campaign will encourage people to support refugees by championing individual acts of solidarity. These acts, when taken together, acknowledge the resilience and strength of refugees. UNHCR traced the journeys of refugees around the world and calculated that collectively, people forced to flee travel approximately one billion milesevery year to reach the first point of safety. In 2016, Syrian…

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UNHCR and Silatech sign cooperation agreement to support livelihood programmes for refugees

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and Silatech signed today a cooperation agreement aimed at supporting UNHCR’s protection and assistance activities for refugees and displaced persons globally. The agreement was signed at UNHCR Headquarters in Geneva in a ceremony attended by Kelly T. Clements, Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees, and Ms. Sabah Ismail Al Haidoos, Chief Executive Officer of Silatech. Spanning a period of five years, the agreement formalizes a commitment by Silatech to support UNHCR’s programmes in the area of livelihoods and economic empowerment with a minimum annual contribution of…

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Four years into its #IBelong Campaign to end statelessness, UNHCR calls for more resolute action by states

Four years after the launch of a decade-long campaign to eradicate statelessness globally, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, called today on states to take faster and more resolute action to help meet the campaign goal. Important results have been achieved since November 2014 when UNHCR’s #IBelong campaign began. More than 166,000 stateless people have acquired or had their nationality confirmed, 20 states have acceded to the Statelessness Conventions bringing the total number of parties to the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons to 91 and 73 to…

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‘UK’s Biggest Family Photo Album’ unveiled at Westminster as families across the UK call on Government to reunite refugee families

Amnesty International has unveiled the ‘UK’s Biggest Family Photo Album’ at Westminster to celebrate family life in all its glory and show the Government that the UK wants refugees arriving on its shores to be able to reunite with their families. The album, containing photos of just under 1,000 families, was created using submissions from every corner of the country as well as celebrities including Kate Moss, Richard Branson, Riz Ahmed and Edith Bowman. The precious moments shared – a family barbeque, a childhood holiday, time spent together across the…

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Ben Stiller appointed Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has announced the appointment of actor, director, producer and philanthropist Ben Stiller as its newest global Goodwill Ambassador. The announcement comes today as Stiller concludes a trip with UNHCR to Guatemala, where he met some of the men, women and children from the North of Central America who have been forced to flee their homes because of violence. In recent years a growing number of people across El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras have fled extraordinary, unchecked violence at the hands of organized criminal groups and…

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