Youngest UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador
First ever Refugee Olympic Team swimmer Yusra Mardini, a Syrian who fled across the Mediterranean, has been appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).With the appointment, she became the youngest Goodwill Ambassador working with the UN Refugee Agency.
Mardini, 19, competed in last summer's games in Rio de Janeiro as a member of the first-ever Refugee Olympic Team. She has been granted asylum in Germany. During her journey to Europe, Yusra risked her life when she jumped into the Aegean Sea from a sinking boat with her 21-year-old sister Sarah and helped push it and some 20 other onboard to safety.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), also known as the UN Refugee Agency, is a United Nations programme mandated to protect and support refugees at the request of a government or the UN itself and assists in their voluntary repatriation, local integration or resettlement to a third country.
Its headquarters are in Geneva, Switzerland, and it is a member of the United Nations Development Group. The UNHCR has won two Nobel Peace Prizes, once in 1954 and again in 1981.