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The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was created in 1950 in order to help the millions of European refugees after World War II.  UNHCR has continued to assist refugees around the world since its founding.  At the start of the 21st century, the bulk of its work was seen in the refugee crises in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.  The UNHCR has expanded the scope of its work to now include stateless people and not just refugees.  In some parts of the world, the work of the UNHCR is complimented by local NGOs. 


Refugees and the impact of COVID-19


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Shmuel Snyder


Hi, my name is Shmuel. I moved to Israel about three years ago from Toronto, Canada. I am currently studying towards a BA in Chemistry at Bar Ilan University. I began my MUN journey at the beginning of last year and have been privileged to have experienced conferences as a delegate, Academic Advisor and as a Vice Chair. While zoom is not optimal and we wish we could have everyone in person, we will make this conference an awesome experience, and we look forward to an engaging debate and a fun time. If you have any questions feel free to reach out. 

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Noa Rosen 

Vice Chair

Hello delegates! My name is Noa Rosen and I’m so happy to meet all of you soon. I am the Head of Academics of OpenMUN and have been an academic advisor and a vice-chair a few times already. I study chemistry and physics in the Open University as well as getting a professional translator’s diploma this year. My favorite pastimes are reading and binging TV shows. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me about anything! Good luck and have a wonderful conference! 

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Anna Vasileva 

Vice Chair

Hi delegates! My name is Anna. I come from Russia, Saint Petersburg, but moved to Israel in 2018. I am a second-year student of Psychology and Romance Studies in the Hebrew University and a third-year member of HUJIMUN, I have been doing MUN for five years, including three as a delegate and the rest as vice chair, chair and HUJIMUN board member: an Academic Coach for a year and now Academic Advisor. Lastly, I am on JLMUN 2021’s secretariat as USG of HR, so feel free to contact me with any concerns! I am extremely honored to welcome you at a conference hosted by my home university, and hope it becomes a wonderful experience for you.