UNHCR Current Affairs, GK & News

Nansen Award

Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel recently received the Nansen Refugee Award. Key facts Ex-German Chancellor Angela Merkel received the UNHCR Nansen Award for providing asylum for refugees while in office. While Merkel was the Chancellor in 2015 and 2016, Germany welcomed more than 1.2 million refugees and asylum seekers, especially from Syria. The UNHCR recognized ..

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will propose the appointment of Austria’s Volker Turk as the next High Commissioner for Human Rights. He will succeed Michelle Bachelet of Chile, whose term ended on August 31. Highlights Traditionally, the UN chief consults with the permanent members of the UN Security Council – China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom ..

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UNHCR 2022 Global Trends Report

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) published its “2022 annual Global Trends Report” recently. Findings of the report The report noted that, 100 million people were forced to go back to their homes in 2021, due to violence, war in Ukraine, food insecurity, human rights abuses, climate crisis, and other emergencies from Africa to ..

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United States to re-join UNHRC

The Joe Biden administration in United States is all set to re-join the UN Human Rights Council. The United States had withdrawn from the council in the year 2018 under Presidency of the Donald Trump Background Donald Trump withdrew from the world body’s main human rights because of its disproportionate focus on Israel. Israel had ..

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UNEP: Actress Dia Mirza’s term as Goodwill Ambassador extended

On May 7, 2020, the United Nations Environment Programme extended the term of actress Dia Mirza as the Goodwill ambassador of India till 2022. The actress is also United Nations Sustainability Development Goal Advocate. About Goodwill Ambassadors A Goodwill Ambassador in general is a person who supports global issue or specific cause. The United Nations ..

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Rescue of Rohingyas by Bangladesh

The Bangladesh Coast Guard recently rescued 396 Rohingya people who had been at sea for weeks and attempting to reach Malaysia. About the Incident The Bangladesh Coast Guard rescued 396 Rohingya people from the sea. They had been trying to reach the Malaysian coast by boat. Of the original passengers, nearly 50 had died during ..

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