OTTAWA, Jan. 24, 2017 /CNW/ - The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Canada is pleased to announce that Mr. Jean-Nicolas Beuze took up his functions as the UNHCR Representative in Canada, effective 16 January 2017.
Mr. Beuze brings more than 19 years of international humanitarian and human rights experience, having worked with various United Nations Agencies including the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). Most recently, Mr. Beuze was the UNHCR Deputy Representative for Protection in Lebanon where he led the Inter-Agency Coordination for the refugees and resilience response plan between the Government of Lebanon, UN agencies and NGO partners, and donor countries.
A detailed bio can be provided upon request.
"It is a huge privilege to have been appointed as High Commissioner Grandi's Representative in Canada at this critical time when the Government and the People of Canada have demonstrated outstanding public and political commitment towards the protection of refugees and other displaced population. I look forward to my role in helping strengthen UNHCR relationship with Canada."
For over 65 years, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has been protecting the rights and well-being of refugees all over the world. It works to ensure that everybody has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge, having fled violence, persecution, war or disaster at home. Since 1950, it has faced multiple crises on multiple continents, and provided vital assistance to refugees, asylum-seekers, internally displaced and stateless people, many of whom have nobody left to turn to. It helps to save lives and build better futures for millions forced from home.
SOURCE United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
For further information: Gisèle Nyembwe, Public Information Associate, UNHCR Canada, Tel: (613) 986-4300 or 613-232-0909, extension 225, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org