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03 Oct 2011 description
High Commissioner's Opening Statement to the 62nd Session of ExCom

GENEVA, 03 October, 2011– UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres warned today that an increasingly complex international environment is making it harder to find solutions for the world’s more than 43 million refugees, internally displaced and stateless people.

Speaking at the opening of the annual meeting in Geneva of UNHCR’s governing Executive Committee, Guterres said the international community needed to up its collective game to prevent conflict, to adapt to climate change and to better manage natural disasters.

02 Mar 2011 description



Information from western Libya is limited as there are no international humanitarian agencies there due to insecurity.

However, there are concerns over availability and accessibility of medical care and supplies for the injured from previous fighting. Food supplies are expected to dwindle due to limited distribution and depletion of stocks. The eastern part of Libya is controlled by the opposition and humanitarian organizations started to access to Benghazi. UNHCR's implementing partner is looking into establishing a presence in Benghazi.