The Geneva Observer
November 24, 2020
NEWS - ANALYSIS
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The UN General Assembly has voted to extend Filippo Grandi’s mandate as UNHCR chief, a decision that seems to have been greeted with satisfaction.
While the organisation is not without problems, Grandi is credited with trying to solve them and with implementing positive reforms. A senior UNHCR veteran worker of 17 years currently in Africa tells The G|O that Grandi is “bringing UNHCR decision-making closer to the field with the regional Bureaux, as well as taking a strong stance on UNHCR staff behavior and commitment.” Adding that Grandi “also advocates tirelessly for the inclusion of the refugees in the economics of countries hosting them.” First elected on January 1, 2016, the extension of Grandi’s mandate for a further two and a half years was recommended to the General Assembly by the UN S-G António Guterres. WHO D-G Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus welcomed the decision. "Congratulations, my friend. Thank you for your outstanding leadership and work to protect refugees around the world," he wrote. “I see it as a clear recognition of UNHCR staff’s efforts to protect and help the refugees, internally displaced and stateless people who are at the heart of what we do,” said Grandi.