UNHCR / 60TH ANNIVERSARY ADVANCER

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The UN refugee agency marks its 60th anniversary with an appeal for renewed international commitment to helping the world's forcibly displaced. UNHCR
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STORY: UNHCR / 60TH ANNIVERSARY ADVANCER
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DATELINE: 10 DECEMBER 2010, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND/ FILE

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ARCHIVE – 1951, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

1. Various shots, UNHCR Headquarters

ARCHIVE – UNKNOWN DATES AND LOCATIONS

2. Various shots, people living deportation camps in the 1940s

ARCHIVE – 1956 UNKNOWN LOCATIONS

3. Various shots, Hungarian crisis

ARCHIVE – UNKNOWN DATES AND LOCATIONS

4. Various shots, wars of independence in Africa in the 1960s

FILE – 2, 3 DECEMBER 2010, SOMALIA

5. Various shots, High Commissioner in Somalia

10 DECEMBER 2010, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres High Commissioner for Refugees:
“UNHCR traditionally was supporting refugees, people that would cross a border because of a conflict or persecution,” he said. “But now we see that more and more people are crossing borders because of extreme poverty, because of the impact of climate change, [and] because of their interrelation with conflict. So there are new patterns of forced displacement and the international community needs to be able to tackle those challenges.”

ARCHIVE – UNKNOWN DATES AND LOCATIONS

7. Various shots, Vietnamese boat people in the 1970s

ARCHIVE – 1992, UNKNOWN LOCATIONS

8. Various shots, Balkans crisis

10 DECEMBER 2010, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

9. SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres High Commissioner for Refugees:
“I think it is very important to recognize that the action of UNHCR has represented for many people life instead of death, home instead of total deprivation, health instead of a disease that can even represent the risk to die, protection against the most dramatic violations of human rights.”

FILE – 2, 3 DECEMBER 2010, SOMALIA

10. Various shots, IDP Camp

ARCHIVE – 2009, KABUL, AFGHANISTAN

11. Various shots, Afghan IDPs

ARCHIVE – 2008, UNKNOWN LOCATIONS

12. Various shots, refugees from Darfur

FILE – 2010, YEMEN

13. Various shots, IDPs

10 DECEMBER 2010, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

14. SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres High Commissioner for Refugees:
“We have many reasons to be proud, but we also have much more reasons to be concerned with the challenges we face at the present moment, and recognizing that unfortunately the root causes of conflict and displacement are not being eliminated and the next few years will be as challenging as the past.”

ARCHIVE – 2009, DADAAB, KENYA

15. Various shots, refugee camp

STORYLINE:

Approved by the UN General Assembly, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was established on 14 December 1950 to address the post-World War II refugee situation in Europe.

Its work quickly expanded and by 1956 was facing its first major international refugee emergency when Soviet forces crushed the Hungarian Revolution.

In the 1960s, the decolonization of Africa triggered one refugee crisis after another, most needing UNHCR intervention. Over the following two decades, wars and conflicts saw UNHCR’s work spread across the world.

In the 1990s the care of internally displaced people and asylum seekers was added to its responsibilities.Today, sixty years after its inception, the global population of people in need stands at 43 million, most of them under UNHCR’s duty of care.

António Guterres, High Commissioner for Refugees, recently returned from a visit to Somali, says that the 21st century refugee problems are particularly complex.

SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres High Commissioner for Refugees:
“UNHCR traditionally was supporting refugees, people that would cross a border because of a conflict or persecution,” he said. “But now we see that more and more people are crossing borders because of extreme poverty, because of the impact of climate change, [and] because of their interrelation with conflict. So there are new patterns of forced displacement and the international community needs to be able to tackle those challenges.”

History has recorded some successes for UNHCR, the rescued Vietnamese boat people, the return of Kosovar refugees to their homeland and the resettlement of thousands of Iraqis.

The organization was awarded two Nobel Peace prizes.For millions UNHCR has been a life line.

SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres High Commissioner for Refugees:
“I think it is very important to recognize that the action of UNHCR has represented for many people life instead of death, home instead of total deprivation, health instead of a disease that can even represent the risk to die, protection against the most dramatic violations of human rights.”

However, protected wars in Somalia and Afghanistan as well as conflicts in Darfur and Colombia and Yemen to name a few, leave millions waiting for some kind of peace.

SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres High Commissioner for Refugees:
“We have many reasons to be proud, but we also have much more reasons to be concerned with the challenges we face at the present moment, and recognizing that unfortunately the root causes of conflict and displacement are not being eliminated and the next few years will be as challenging as the past.”

UNHCR plans to use its anniversary year to continue bringing attention to the plight of refugees and internally displaced people but also to tackling the world’s new and fast-evolving displacement and statelessness problems.
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