United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Created in 1950, the UNHCR’s primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. This session will focus on improving and enacting one of the UNHCR’s campaigns, A) Ending Statelessness, and address one of the largest humanitarian crises in history B) the Syrian Emergency. “It is estimated that at least 10 million people are stateless worldwide: they are not considered as nationals by any State under the operation of its law.” (UNHCR) This invisible issue has been found to significantly impair economic and social development for said forgotten people and the region itself. For the emergency in Syria, the most recent developments with the situation in Douma in Eastern Ghouta (where tens of thousands of civilians remain trapped), along with the ongoing problems in the Afrin region and Aleppo urge for the international community to put an end to a region of suffering that is long overdue.
Topic A - Ending Statelessness
Topic B - Syrian Emergency