Renewed support for refugees expected at major UNHCR conference

Somali refugees

The largest conference on refugees and stateless people in the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR's history, has opened in Geneva on Wednesday.

More than 140 countries have confirmed their participation.

The conference is expected to deliver renewed support for fundamental laws that enable the UN Refugee Agency to provide protection and assistance to refugees.

Some 35 states will be making policy pledges, and a number of countries are could accede to one or more of the stateless conventions.

2011 marks the 60th anniversary of the 1951 Refugee Convention, as well as the 50th anniversary of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.

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