Brazil was elected on Friday (October 9, 2020) as the chairman of the Council of Unhcr (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees). For the first time, since its foundation, Brazil will lead the agency’s governance body. The term of office is 1 year.
Created in 1950, after the Second World War, UNHCR helps refugees to start their lives over. The agency’s council is responsible for coordinating discussions among member states, determining priority actions and approving the agency’s budget.
According to UNHCR, in recent decades, forced displacements have reached unprecedented levels. Recent statistics reveal that, by the end of 2019, more than 79.5 million people worldwide have left their places of origin because of conflicts, persecutions and serious human rights violations.
Also according to the agency, about 1% of the world population is displaced. Of this total, 40% are children.
In note, Itamaraty said that “Election reflects international recognition for Brazilian engagement in the humanitarian field, mainly due to the innovative initiatives taken by the federal government to protect refugees and in the context of Operation Welcoming”.
Created in 2018, the operation is responsible for ensuring humanitarian assistance to Venezuelan refugees and migrants in Roraima, Venezuela’s main gateway to Brazil.
With information from Agency Brazil.