Mission/Vision of the UN Agency
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
The United Nations refugee organization is mandated by the United Nations to lead and coordinate international action for the world-wide protection of refugees and the resolutions of refugee problems.
UNHCR’s primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. UNHCR strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another state, and to return home voluntarily.
By assisting refugees to return to their own country or to settle in another country, UNHCR also seeks lasting solutions to their plight. UNHCR’s efforts are mandated by the organization’s statute, and guided by the 1951 United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 protocol.
International refugee law provides an essential framework of principles for UNHCR s Humanitarian activities.
UNHCR’s Executive Committee and the UN General Assembly have also authorized the organization’s involvement with other groups. These include people who are stateless or whose nationality is disputed and, in certain circumstances, internally displaced persons.
UNHCR seeks to reduce situations of forced displacement by encouraging states and other institutions to create conditions which are conducive to the protection of human rights and the peaceful resolution of disputes.
In pursuit of the same objective, UNHCR actively seeks to consolidate the reintegration of returning refugees in their country of origin, thereby averting the recurrence of refugee producing situations.
UNHCR offers protection and assistance to refugees and others in an impartial manner, on the basis of their need and irrespective of their race, religion, political opinion or gender. In all of its activities, UNHCR pays particular attention to the needs of children and seeks to promote the equal rights of women and girls.
In its efforts to protect refugees and to promote solutions to their problems, UNHCR works in partnership with governments, international and non-governmental organizations.
UNHCR is committed to the principle of participation by consulting refugees on decisions that affect their lives. By virtue of its activities on behalf of refugees and displaced people, UNHCR also promotes. The purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter; maintaining international peace and security; developing friendly relations among nations; and encouraging respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.
Egypt is a signatory to the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and the 1969 Organization of African Unity Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems in Africa. In the absence of a national asylum system, all activities relating to the registration, documentation and determination of refugee status are carried out by UNHCR in Egypt as per the Memorandum of Understanding signed with the Government of Egypt in 1954.
Main Focus Areas
Refugees, asylum seekers and other persons of concern to UNHCR.