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United Nations High Commission for Refugees - UNHCR

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Who we are:

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was established on 14 December 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly.

UNHCR is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. UNHCR's primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. In support of its core activities on behalf of refugees, UNHCR's Executive Committee and the UN
General Assembly have authorized the organization's involvement with other groups. These include former refugees who have returned to their homeland; internally displaced people; and people who are stateless or whose nationality is disputed.

Today, UNHCR's staff of around 6,300 people in more than 110 countries continues to help 32 million persons, including asylum seekers, refugees, IDPs and stateless persons.

What we do:

UNHCR offers protection and assistance to refugees and others of its concern on the basis of their needs. UNHCR seeks to reduce situations of forced displacement by encouraging States and other institutions to create conditions which are conducive to the protection of human rights and the peaceful resolution of disputes. In pursuit of the same objective, UNHCR actively seeks to consolidate the reintegration of returning refugees in their country of origin, thereby averting the recurrence of refugee-producing situations.

In Mozambique, the overall programme objectives are twofold:

1) to support self-reliance activities of refugees and .

2) to build and support the capacity of the government in taking full charge of their international responsibility in protecting and assisting refugees. UNHCR works in partnership with INAR, the National Institute for the Assistance to Refugees, under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and with the different ministries at the district level. UNHCR Mozambique also leads the contingency planning activities for possible mass refugee influxes to the country.

Where we work:

Worldwide, UNHCR works in more then 110 countries. In Mozambique, UNHCR has offices in Maputo and Nampula, and maintains presence in Tete, Gaza and Manica Provinces.

Country Representative: Ms. Isabel Marquez

For more information: visit UNHCR's global website at

Contact Information and address:

UNHCR, Av. Jose Craveirinha 237,

Maputo, Mozambique

Tel: +258 21 490 242