The climate crisis is a human crisis

Nearly 84% of the world's displaced live in areas heavily affected by global warming. There are already more than 84 million forcibly displaced people in the world, and the effects of climate change are likely to push that number up even more.

Windows: the first NFT collection for refugees

To mark the 70th anniversary of the signing of the 1971 Refugee Convention, Switzerland for UNHCR partnered with Hani Abbas to launch UNHCR’s first ever NFT collection.

Humanitarian emergency in Afghanistan

The whole world has seen the images of crowds of people on the Kabul airport runway, desperately trying to leave Afghanistan. After 20 years of conflict, and a year marked by the return of intense fighting, the Taliban are now in power.

70 years in pictures

July 28 marks the 70th anniversary of the signing of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. We decided to celebrate that milestone with by taking a look at seven decades of UNHCR photos.  

Aiming Higher

"Aiming Higher" is the name of the UN Refugee Agency's program to give refugees a chance to continue their education after high school. The ambitious program plans to increase refugees’ access to higher education from 3 to 15% by 2030.  

What we do

UNHCR is present in 135 countries to support people forced to flee conflicts and persecution. 

87% of all 17,234 employees of UNHCR are fieldworkers on the frontline to help those forced to flee conflicts and persecution. Beyond emergency relief, UNHCR makes sure to find sustainable solutions for refugees for a better future. 

million people uprooted worlwide in 2020
of uprooted people in the world are children
million people are stateless
refugees have been resettled in 2020

Switzerland for UNHCR

Switzerland for UNHCR, a foundation under Swiss law, is UNHCR's national partner in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. It was established in 2020 to promote closer ties with the Swiss population, and to mobilize critical funds essential to fulfill UNHCR’s mission. 

Standing with Refugees : Alter Start Food
For our eighth article, we went to meet Alter Start Food, a social enterprise that trains refugees and asylum seekers in Switzerland through the development of a culinary project.
Standing with Refugees
Football jerseys in support of refugees
On Sunday 12 of December, Servette FC faced FC Basel at the Stade de Genève. Throughout the match, the Grenat team wore the Switzerland for UNHCR logo on their shirts, showing their support for the refugee cause.
A city, a club and a common cause
Switzerland for UNHCR is pleased to announce its partnership with Servette FC, reflecting the unifying power of sport and Geneva's shared tradition as a city of refuge.
Odysseys of yesterday and today
It is Switzerland for UNHCR’s pleasure to announce a new partnership with the Comédie de Genève, thus opening a new chapter in our journey of raising awareness on the hardships and experiences refugees face in exile through art and culture.