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Good morning, this is Megha Kaveri. As curtains fall on the UNHCR’s annual conference on resettlement, there are calls for the next refugee agency chief to be a refugee.

As Afghanistan desperately turns towards the international community for help after an earthquake, the world largely looks on from an arm’s length distance. Plus, a UN report blasts countries for spending too little to address the surge of gender violence cases during the pandemic.

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Megha Kaveri


A refugee for UN refugee chief

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UNHCR workers unloading supplies for cyclone survivors. (Credit: Mae Sot/UN Photo/UNHCR)

In an increasingly unequal world, inclusion and representation are becoming all the more important. These form the basis for the demands for the next UN high commissioner for refugees to be someone who is a refugee.

The first ever high commissioner had lived experience as a refugee. Decades after his demise, conversations are on in Geneva to push for inclusion and representation at the highest levels of the UN-humanitarian ecosystem. While the tenure of the current high commissioner ends in 2023, the intention of Wednesday’s event was to spark the discussion now so that in a few years things will materialise on ground.

Apart from this, several other crucial issues around the participation of refugees in policymaking and what makes refugees stand out in a pool of candidates while hiring were some of the items that came up at the table.

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