UNHCR: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Welcome to the UNHCR Committee at SCMUN 2018!
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is an agency of the UN tasked with protect the rights of and supporting refugees around the world, either at the request of a country or the UN itself. Some actions the UNHCR helps support include voluntarily returning refugees to their country of origin, integrating them locally in the current country, and resettling refugees to a third "host" country.
*Please note this committee will only be in session on 03/25/18 and is designed for middle school delegates.
Topic: Refugee Education
This topic addresses a large portion of those directly affected by refugee crises, children. When they are forced to flee their homes, the opportunities to continue an education are greatly diminished. On average, a refugee spends 20 years in exile, meaning that the ability to pursue an education is severely limited. Over half of today's refugees are children, an already grim statistic that grows grimmer when compounded with the inability to guarantee them an education. Providing an education for refugees is a pillar of the UNHCR’s mandate, as it is viewed as a basic need and not a privilege. However, as the number of refugees rises, and the demand for education increases, especially for primary and secondary school, the host country’s capacity to provide diminishes.