...to lead and coordinate international
action for the worldwide protection of refugees and
the resolution of refugee problems. UNHCR's primary
purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of
refugees. UNHCR strives to ensure that everyone can
exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge
in another state, and to return home voluntarily.
By assisting refugees to return to
their own country or to settle in another country, UNHCR
also seeks lasting solutions to their plight.
...UNHCR seeks to reduce situations
of forced displacement by encouraging states and other
institutions to create conditions which are conducive
to the protection of human rights and the peaceful resolution
of disputes. In pursuit of the same objective, UNHCR
actively seeks to consolidate the reintegration of returning
refugees in their country of origin, thereby averting
the recurrence of refugee-producing situations.
UNHCR offers protection and assistance to refugees
and others in an impartial manner, on the basis of their
need and irrespective of their race, religion, political
opinion or gender. In all of its activities, UNHCR pays
particular attention to the needs of children and seeks
to promote the equal rights of women and girls.
In its efforts to protect refugees and to promote
solutions to their problems, UNHCR works in partnership
with governments, regional organizations, international
and non-governmental organizations. UNHCR is committed
to the principle of participation by consulting refugees
on decisions that affect their lives.
By virtue of its activities on behalf of refugees
and displaced people, UNHCR also promotes the purposes
and principles of the United Nations Charter: maintaining
international peace and security; developing friendly
relations among nations; and encouraging respect for
human rights and fundamental freedoms.