High Commissioner for Refugees




Strengthening the International Cooperation on the Integration of Refugees

The Rohingya crisis: Assisting with the Repatriation of Refugees

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The UN Refugee Agency, mandated to protect refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people and to assist in their voluntary repatriation, local integration or resettlement in a third country is the UNHCR, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. It was created in 1950 during the aftermath of WWII and is currently headed by the 11th United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi. He was elected by the UN General Assembly on 1 January 2016 to serve a five-year term,until 31 December 2020.The UNHCR’s headquarters are in Geneva, Switzerland and it is a member of the United Nations Development Group. It has won two Nobel Peace Prizes, once in 1954 and again in 1981.

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The Chairs

Anke Freuwört

Anke Freuwört works as a research assistant at the University of Kassel in Germany. She started her PhD in migration studies and political education. Besides that, she is a board member of the United Nations Youth Association in Germany (JUNON). Since her first MUN experience in 2014 she participated in several international conferences and is excited for every new one to come. She had the chance to chair in the Netherlands, Germany, Turkey, France and Serbia before she became an advisor to MUN groups in Germany and the US. She likes to take MUN’s as an opportunity to travel and explore the world from a different angle.
If she is able to free herself from business attire, she likes to prof her talents as a professional dancer and likes to go to competitions. She would like to go on a dinner with Mr. Niinistö, to talk about the Finnish social policy and to figure out adaptable elements to the German system.

Parthabi Kanungo

Parthabi is an 18 year old, incoming international student at Maastricht University, in the Netherlands, for their Bachelor- European Law School course. Originally from India, she has been a part of the Eastern India MUN Circuit for the past four years. The very first MUN she attended was back in the ninth grade, and right from that very day, the concept of students representing diverse nations, coming together on an international platform to resolve seemingly complex global situations and conflicts, through the tools of deliberation and negotiation, continues to allure her thought process, even today.
It was through researching for MUNs that she was first introduced to the concepts of international human rights and humanitarian law, respectively, which she now intends to specialise in. She understands of the significance that diplomacy holds, especially under an evolving world order, and is of the belief that the resilience of students developed in MUNs has the power to impact real-world changes in the future. IsarMUN being her first European experience, she looks forward to witnessing firsthand, the exercise of the European Freedom of Speech and Interpretation. A trilingual with a strong affinity to her Indian values, she brings with her a flair of cultural contrast. Her other areas of interest include content development, debating and academic research.
Delegates need to be made aware of the fact that she happens to possess an uncanny talent of remembering every single statement that has ever been made in her presence. When asked about her choice of a politician she would have dinner with, her answer was Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, because she is of the opinion that they shall have a lot to discuss.

Svenja Chen

Svenja is 21 years old and a third-year law student at Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität in Munich. She is currently enjoying her year abroad at University College London, but happy to return to Munich for IsarMUN 2018. Svenja started participating in MUN conferences in High School, and was happy to continue during University, as a member of the Model United Nations Association Munich (MUNAM e.V.). During her time as a delegate, she was able to go to MedMUN, EuroMUN and last year’s IsarMUN. She is especially looking forward to seeing many familiar faces again and getting to know more passionate MUNers with the bonus of it all taking place in her home town. She is keen on hearing innovative ideas and great speeches in the UNHCR and can’t wait to meet the delegates.
Outside of MUN and law studies, Svenja loves to dance, so she is equally excited about the socials.
If she could go to dinner with one politician, it would be with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. She was one of very few female political leaders. Svenja believes Mrs. Sirleaf would have a lot of interesting observations to share on the way politics work, and the role of women in it.