United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

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UNHCR leads international action to protect people forced to flee conflict and persecution and those denied a nationality.

Safeguarding the rights and well-being of people forced to flee for over 70 years

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for people forced to flee their homes because of conflict and persecution.

We lead international action to protect refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people.

Our vision is a world where every person forced to flee can build a better future.

Formally known as the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR was established by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1950 in the aftermath of the Second World War to help the millions of people who had lost their homes.

Today, UNHCR works in 135 countries. We provide life-saving assistance, including shelter, food, water and medical care for people forced to flee conflict and persecution, many of whom have nobody left to turn to. We defend their right to reach safety and help them find a place to call home so they can rebuild their lives. Long term, we work with countries to improve and monitor refugee and asylum laws and policies, ensuring human rights are upheld.

In everything we do UNHCR considers refugees and those forced to flee as partners, putting those most affected at the centre of planning and decision-making.

The UNHCR Country Representative in Kenya

Street Address:
United Nations Complex UN Avenue, Gigiri, P.O. Box 43801-00100, Nairobi, Kenya

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 43801-00100 GPO, Nairobi, Kenya

Phone:
+41 22 739 7280

Fax:
+41 22 739 7281

Email:
[email protected]

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