The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. It also has a mandate to help stateless people. In more than six decades, the agency has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives. Today, a staff of some 7,685 people in more than 125 countries continues to help some 33.9 million persons. With multiple wars being fought across the world, the number of migrants fleeing fear and persecution has grown exponentially. As delegates of sovereign countries, it is up to you to decide whether you let them in or not.
Introducing the Executive Board of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees!
Siddhanth Prasad is a law student/actor/cricketer, from the National University of Singapore and the University of Edinburgh. He was won accolades across the world for the performance of legal arguments, including the Hasties Stable Prize for the Most Outstanding Performance of a Legal Argument, and being nominated for the Gilbert-Apolis prize at the prestigious Jean-Pictet Moot on International Humanitarian Law. As far as MUNs’ are concerned he is into his 4th Chirec MUN, and is nearing 40 MUNs’ in total. It may be fair to say that he has done quite a few.
On a more personal note, Siddhanth believes strongly in living life up to its fullest. He has played cricket at a professional level, acted in commercials and short movies internationally and travelled to the corners of the world. He looks forward to interacting with you all come July, and hopes that he can make it a memorable experience for all there.
Avinash Kotval, who is currently in the 11th grade in CHIREC International, commenced his journey through the world of Model UN 3 years ago. Since then, he has attended numerous conferences, both nationally and internationally. He started off as a shy kid, afraid to speak in front of a crowd, and MUNs have helped him change. Apart from participating in MUNs, he enjoys debating and is a Bibliophile. He reads almost anything he can lay his hands on. He’s extremely delighted to serve as the Vice Chairperson of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and promises to make this committee as exciting and engaging as possible, whilst ensuring this will be a learning experience for you all. Please feel free to reach out to him and ask him any questions that you have. He looks forward to seeing you at the conference!