Senior United Nations (UN) official Filippo Grandi from Italy has taken the charge as new UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
He succeeds Antonio Guterres of Portugal who has retired after heading the Refugee Agency for one decade. He will have tenure of five years.
About Filippo Grandi
- He has worked in international affairs for over 30 years as a Italian diplomat, of which 27 years he spent with the United Nations.
- He started his career in the office of UNHCR in 1988 and had represented UN in refugee and political affairs in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
- He also had served as head of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).
- He had worked prior to that for the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) as Deputy Special Representative.
About United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
- UNHCR is a United Nations agency mandated to protect and support refugees. It is a member of the United Nations Development Group.
- Established: December 14, 1950.
- Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland.
- Initially it was established to help people displaced by World War II. But later it became the principal agency that has helped displaced persons all over world.
- Mission: Safeguard the political and human rights as well as well-being of refugees. Seek lasting solutions to the plights of refugees.