Filippo Grandi elected as next UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Filippo Grandi elected as next UN High Commissioner for Refugees

New York, 18 November 2015 — Mr. Filippo Grandi of Italy was today elected by the UN General Assembly as next United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

He was elected by acclamation for a period of five years beginning on 1 January 2016 and ending on 31 December 2020.

He will take over from Antonio Manuel de Oliveira Guterres of Portugal.

On 11 November, the Secretary-General, following consultations with the Chairs of the regional groups of Member States, informed the General Assembly of his intention to appoint Filippo Grandi as the new High Commissioner for Refugees, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Mr. Grandi was Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) from 2010 to 2014 and it’s Deputy Commissioner-General from 2005 until 2010. He served as the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and has a long-standing career with UNHCR, notably as Chief of Mission in Afghanistan and Chief of Staff in the High Commissioner’s Executive Office. His vast UNHCR field experience includes various positions in Sudan, Syria, Turkey and Iraq, having also led emergency operations in Kenya, Benin, Ghana, Liberia, the Great Lakes region of Central Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo and Yemen.

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