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Emma Cherniavsky, CEO of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in the UK

Emma Cherniavsky, UK CEO of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on World Refugee Day and Changing the Narrative of how Refugees and Displaced Persons are Perceived.


Ahead of World Refugee Day on 20th June 2023, Emma Cherniavsky, UK CEO of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) joins us to discuss the refugee and displaced persons crisis.


Emma explains that World Refugee Day is a time to celebrate what refugees have brought to our countries, societies and communities. It’s a time to celebrate the courage, resilience, and extraordinary contributions of refugees and displaced persons.


This episode provides context of the refugee and displaced persons crisis across the globe and highlights the importance of changing the negative narratives often projected in the media.


We shed light on the work of the UNHCR, both on the front lines and in host countries -- ranging from emergency, humanitarian aid to long-term initiatives focused on education, employability, and inclusion.


Our conversation also explores the wide range of partnerships with NGOs, government and other sectors in support of UNHCR’s work, and we pay specific attention to the increasing importance and relevance of the private sector in helping drive this work forward.


We conclude on a positive note, shedding light on the immense levels of public generosity and provide a range of ways in which folks can get involved.


About Emma Cherniavsky


Emma Cherniavsky is the founding CEO of UK for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency’s national charity partner for the United Kingdom.


In this role, she leads all UK private sector partnership and fundraising activities in support of UNHCR’s international humanitarian relief programmes for displaced people.


Emma has more than 20 years of experience in fundraising and senior management in the non-profit sector and in politics, including significant roles at the International Crisis Group, Human Rights Watch and the Liberal Democrats.





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