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Geneva Green Guide

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

UNHCR
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Case Postale 2500
CH-1211 Geneva 2
Tel: 
(+41 22) 739 81 11
Fax: 
(+41 22) 739 73 14
Contact: 
Valentine Ndibalema, Technical Support Section, Division of Operational Services,
Tel: (+41 22) 739 82 80, Email: ndibalev@unhcr.org
Description

UNHCR's primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. UNHCR strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another state and to return home voluntarily.

Organization: 
Intergovernmental organizations
Established: 
1950
Effectifs: 
over 5000 in 121 countries
Chief/Director: 
High Commissioner: António Guterres
Activities: 

UNHCR works to minimize the environmental impacts of its operations for refugees and internally displaced people. It also coordinates environmental support activities, including education at schools, reforestation programmes in support of anti-erosion measures and the introduction of fuel-efficient cooking stoves. During the different phases of a refugee/IDP crisis (emergency, care and maintenance, and durable solutions), UNHCR follows four principles:

  • an integrated approach, which integrates environment concerns into planning;

  • prevention before cure, which focuses on taking action as soon as possible to avert greater problems later on;
  • cost-effectiveness, to maximize the efficiency of its assistance programmes;
  • local participation, which focuses on involving local people with the development and management of environmental activities.
Cooperation: 

with UNEP, the World Food Programme, CARE, the German Development Cooperation Agency, UNESCO, IRD, UNICEF, IFRC, World Conservation Union (IUCN), and more than 500 national and international non-governmental organizations.

Keywords: 
desertification
agriculture & fisheries
disasters
refugees & IDPs
reconstruction
land & landuse
human settlements
freshwater
conservation
agenda 21
GIS & remote sensing
capacity building
energy
gender
biological diversity
education
forests
water & sanitation
waste
deforestation