UNHCR

UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) 

Level: Beginner

Topic 1: A more effective refugee resettlement policy

Topic 2: Expansion of refugee rights to IDPs

Number of Delegates: 60

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees is an award winning (one Nobel Peace Price in 1954, one in 1981) UN agency mandated to lead and coordinate international action to protect refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). The main activities include the protection of refugees’ and IDP’s rights, emergency help through humanitarian action and durable assistance by supporting voluntary repatriation, local integration and resettlement. With currently almost 60 million forcibly displaced persons worldwide, this UN Agency has doubtlessly a vast responsibility.

Chairs

Kanzy Kassem

I was born in Egypt and have been lucky enough to live in several countries which helped me understand different cultures and be involved in the political world. I believe that it was a real chance to discover the world on my own, and try to understand more or less how it functions. This has helped me develop a real passion for politics and more precisely International Relations, therefore I decided to pursue my studies at University of Geneva. I have been involved in the MUN world since I was 14 years old and 6 years later, I still can’t stop. I am really looking forward to share this wonderful experience with all of you and I hope you are excited as much as we are with the rest of the team!

Tomas Sielaff Alvarez

My name is Tomas Sielaff Alvarez, a Brazilian/German/Spanish/Argentinian 21-year- old, aspiring diplomat living in the capital of Germany. My passion for MUN started during High School in Curitiba Brazil, the city where I was born and grew up in, at the International School of Curitiba, where I was fortunate enough to have MUN as an elective class for 2 years. I profited immensely from 9th and 10th grade and was able to attend 11 conferences from 9th-12th grade. After graduating High School, in 2015, I moved to Hamburg, Germany, where I started the Studienkolleg, discovered HamMUN and got started with college level conferences to a moderate extent. Now, in 2017, I started a new chapter in Berlin and hope to persue my Bachelor’s degree here in History. 5 years and 17 conferences later, I can still positively say that MUN is and will always be an addiction/passion of mine that I do not think I’ll be ever able to get rid of.

Linda Koßmann

Hey everyone! My name is Linda Koßmann, I am a second year law student at the University of Hamburg. I have been involved with Model United Nations for about a year now and HamMun 2017 will be my first time chairing a committee. I am fascinated by the enthusiasm students show at conferences and want to get know as many sides of MUNing as possible. I am looking forward to seeing you all in November, my team and I are excited to welcome you in our committee!