United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is the United Nations body designed to help protect refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people, and assist in their voluntary repatriation, local integration or resettlement to a third country.


chair: Jon Ort

My name is Jon Ort, and I am a prospective Politics major from Highlands Ranch, CO. As IRC Vice President, I help to manage our events and invite speakers. I am a member of Princeton’s Model UN team, a director at NHSMUN (the world’s largest Model UN conference!), an Eagle Scout, and an editor at the Daily Princetonian—as well as an identical twin! I can’t wait to meet you at PMUNC 2018.

Email: jaort@princeton.edu

Send Position Papers To: pmunc17unhcr@gmail.com

Topic A: The Rohingya Refugee Crisis in Bangladesh

Since 2015, the government of Myanmar has targeted the Rohingya people, an ethnic and majority-Muslim minority within the country, by burning their villages, committing murders and rapes, and carrying out other atrocities. The United Nations considers Myanmar to be guilty of ethnic cleansing, a charge that Myanmar strongly contests. In the past three years, more than 600,000 desperate Rohingya have fled from Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh, placing tremendous strains on an already impoverished country. UNHCR is the best-equipped UN body to respond to this crisis, but it must act quickly and effectively.

topic b: The Venezuelan Refugee Exodus to Brazil and Colombia

Venezuela has descended into economic and political turmoil since President Hugo Chavez’s death in 2013. The current government has failed to arrest Venezuela’s economic crisis, and Venezuelans now face limited electricity, insufficient healthcare, and food shortages. As a result, tens of thousands of Venezuelan refugees have surreptitiously fled to Brazil and Colombia. As the crisis shows no signs of abating, the international community  and UNHCR must decide how to best help the growing number of Venezuelan refugees.