UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees)

UNHCR profile

  • Overview

    The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. It also has a mandate to help stateless people.

    In more than five decades, the agency has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives. Today, a staff of some 6,600 people in more than 110 countries continues to help about 34 million persons.

    Preferences in private sector partnership

    Partnerships are at the heart of UNHCR’s work. To achieve its mandate, UNHCR has both a moral and practical obligation to leverage the expertise and resources of a broad range of actors. The goal of UNHCR’s corporate and foundation partnerships programme is to contribute to this goal through mutually beneficial cooperation with private sector organizations.

    Building on the philosophy and achievements of the UN Global Compact, UNHCR envisions a world in which the private sector plays a constructive role in finding durable solutions for people forced to flee their homes, including refugees and the internally displaced, as well as returnees.

    To achieve this, we proactively engage with corporations and foundations eager to help drive change and find innovative solutions to refugee issues. This collaboration can take many forms ranging from special events to cause-related marketing campaigns reaching millions of people.

    A dedicated Corporate and Foundation Partnerships Unit, based in Geneva, manages UNHCR’s partnerships in close collaboration with a network of regional offices in key markets. The team comprises senior professionals with extensive experience across the public and private sectors.

    Further guidelines
    1. http://www.unhcr.org/pages/4a0d8c0b6.html
    Preferred partnership types

    Advocacy of global issues; Business opportunities in low income communities/countries ; Project funding; Provision of goods; Provision of services / personnel; Standards and guidelines development

    Sustainable Development Goals

    1. No poverty; 2. Zero hunger; 3. Good health and well-being; 4. Quality education; 5. Gender equality; 7. Affordable and clean energy; 8. Decent work and economic growth; 9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure; 10. Reduced inequalities; 11. Sustainable cities and communities; 12. Responsible consumption and production; 13. Climate action; 14. Life below water; 15. Life on land; 16. Peace, justice and strong institutions

    Issue areas

    Biodiversity; Child Labour; Children's Rights; Climate Change; Education; Energy; Food and Agriculture; Forced Labour; Gender Equality; Health; Human Rights; Human Trafficking; Indigenous Peoples; Labour; Migrant Workers; Peace; Persons with Disabilities; Poverty; Principle 1; Principle 2; Principle 3; Principle 4; Principle 5; Principle 6; Principle 7; Principle 8; Principle 9; Rule of Law; Women's Empowerment; Youth

    Regions / countries / territories

    Africa: 52 countries (click to show)
    Angola; Benin; Botswana; Burkina Faso; Burundi; Cameroon; Canary Islands; Cape Verde; Central African Republic; Chad; Comoros; Congo; Congo (Democratic Republic of the); Cote d'Ivoire; Djibouti; Equatorial Guinea; Eritrea; Gabon; Gambia; Ghana; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Kenya; Lesotho; Liberia; Madagascar; Malawi; Mali; Mauritania; Mauritius; Mayotte (France); Mozambique; Namibia; Niger; Nigeria; Reunion (France); Rwanda; Saint Helena; Sao Tome and Principe; Senegal; Seychelles; Sierra Leone; Somalia; South Africa; Sudan; Swaziland; Togo; Uganda; United Republic of Tanzania; Western Sahara; Zambia; Zimbabwe
    Americas: 51 countries (click to show)
    Anguilla; Antigua and Barbuda; Argentina; Aruba; Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Bermuda; Bolivia; Brazil; Canada; Cayman Islands; Chile; Colombia; Costa Rica; Cuba; Dominica; Dominican Republic; Easter Island (Chile); Ecuador; El Salvador; Falkland Islands (Malvinas); French Guiana; Galapagos Islands (Ecuador); Greenland; Grenada; Guadeloupe (France); Guatemala; Guyana; Haiti; Honduras; Jamaica; Martinique; Mexico; Montserrat; Nicaragua; Panama; Paraguay; Peru; Puerto Rico; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France); Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Suriname; Trinidad and Tobago; Turks and Caicos Islands; United States; Uruguay; Venezuela; Virgin Islands (United States)
    Asia: 37 countries (click to show)
    Afghanistan; Armenia; Azerbaijan; Bangladesh; Bhutan; Brunei Darussalam; Cambodia; China - Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region); China - Macau (Special Administrative Region); China - Taiwan Province; Christmas Island; Cocos (Keeling) Islands; Cyprus; Democratic People's Republic of Korea; French Southern and Antarctic Lands; Georgia; India; Japan; Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Lao People's Democratic Republic; Malaysia; Maldives; Mongolia; Myanmar; Nepal; Philippines; Republic of Korea; Singapore; Sri Lanka; Tajikistan; Thailand; Timor Leste; Turkey; Turkmenistan; Uzbekistan; Vietnam
    Europe: 51 countries (click to show)
    Aland Islands (Finland); Albania; Andorra; Austria; Azores; Belarus; Belgium; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Channel Islands; Croatia; Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; Faeroe Islands; Finland; France; Gibraltar; Greece; Holy See; Hungary; Iceland; Ireland; Isle of Man; Italy; Latvia; Liechtenstein; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Madeira (Portugal); Malta; Monaco; Montenegro; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Portugal; Republic of Moldova; Romania; Russian Federation; San Marino; Serbia; Slovakia; Slovenia; Spain; Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands (Norway); Sweden; Switzerland; The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia; Ukraine; United Kingdom
    Middle East: 19 countries (click to show)
    Algeria; Bahrain; Egypt; Iran; Iraq; Israel; Jordan; Kuwait; Lebanon; Libyan Arab Jamahiriya; Morocco; Oman; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; State of Palestine; Syrian Arab Republic; Tunisia; United Arab Emirates; Yemen
    Oceania: 24 countries (click to show)
    American Samoa; Australia; Cook Islands; Fiji; French Polynesia; Guam; Heard and McDonald Islands; Kiribati; Micronesia (Federated States of); Nauru; New Caledonia; New Zealand; Niue; Norfolk Island; Northern Mariana Islands; Palau; Pitcairn; Samoa; Solomon Islands; Tokelau; Tonga; Tuvalu; Vanuatu; Wallis and Futuna Islands

    Type(s) of services / business sectors

    Automobiles & Parts; Construction & Materials; Financial Services; Food & Beverage; Health Care; Industrial Goods & Services; Industrial Goods & Services - Support Services; Other; Personal & Household Goods; Technology; Telecommunications; Utilities