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The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, will make his second official visit to Brazil on 1 to 3 August 2011.

While in Brasília, Guterres will hold meetings with Minister Antonio de Aguiar Patriota, as well as with other authorities from the Government’s three branches. He will take part in an extraordinary meeting, held in his honor, of the National Committee for Refugees (CONARE) and meet refugees and relocated people hosted by Brazil.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was twice awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (1954 and 1981). With over seven thousand employees, it is present in 123 countries and has a mandate to carry out and coordinate international actions to protect refugees and to assist returnees, internally displaced and stateless people.

The Brazilian refugee legislation is considered of the most modern and comprehensive in the world. The country is also hailed as an example in preventing statelessness and will feature on an global campaign to be launched this month by the UNHCR. Brazil carries out a significant cooperation with the UNHCR. In 2011, US$ 3.7 million in contributions are expected to be made.

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