The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was created in 1950, during the aftermath of the Second World War, to help millions of Europeans who had fled or lost their homes. The office had three years to complete the work and then disband.
Today, over 70 years later, UNHCR is still hard at work, protecting and assisting refugees around the world.
Agenda Item: “Confronting Social Service Inequalities for Refugees and Migrants Post-COVID-19”
Summary of the Agenda Item
With over 82.4 million displaced individuals worldwide, a substantial number of them fail to receive a number of essential services within their host nations. Displaced individuals frequently face difficulties in the most basic of social services, which include access to healthcare, housing, and education. This issue was especially highlighted through the COVID-19 response, as displaced individuals often found themselves on the sidelines of the recovery plans of their host countries if included at all. Moreover, xenophobia is often a root cause of such treatment. Delegates are encouraged to develop inclusive and sustainable strategies and policies to tackle these most basic of human rights for those most vulnerable.