United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Name Ms. Ruud Lubbers
Position High Commissioner
Address Rue de Montbrillant 94, CH-1211 Genève 10
Phone +41-22-739 85 02
Fax +41-22-731 95 46
E-mail hqpi00@unhcr.ch
Web http://www.http://www.unhcr.ch

Activity summary:

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is a subsidiary organ of the General Assembly, which reports to the UN Economic and Social Council. The UNHCR's work, which is entirely humanitarian and non-political, consists of two main and closely related functions: to protect and assist refugees who are fleeing combinations of persecution, conflict and wide-spread violations of human rights; and to help seek and promote permanent solutions to their problems, including the supervision of the implementation of international refugee agreements.
The basic costs of the UNHCR are financed by the regular UN budget, yet funds for specific assistance programs are received from voluntary contributions from an array of Government, inter- and non-governmental organizations and individuals.