Wednesday, October 7, 2020

New UNHCR Representative in Nepal

 The newly appointed UNHCR Representative in Nepal Carolin Spannuth Verma presented her Letter of Credentials to the foreign minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, today.

Spannuth Verma, a German national, arrived in Kathmandu on September 15, 2019 to take up her new assignment as UNHCR Representative in Nepal. 

“The Government and people of Nepal have an impressive tradition of protecting those who are forced to flee persecution,” Spannuth Verma, upon resuming Office, said, adding that the generosity of Nepal is acknowledged by the international community, especially in light of its own challenges of resources. “I look forward to advancing with the government and other UNHCR partners this important agenda in a spirit of collaboration, law and compassion.”

Spannuth Verma’s journey of serving the cause of refugee protection through UNHCR has now spanned almost 25 years. She has served in various international protection and legal positions in Morocco, Malaysia, Indonesia, Republic of Northern Macedonia, Bulgaria and at UNHCR Headquarters in Geneva in the Division of International Protection, Asia and Africa Bureaus.

During her service with UNHCR, her thematic focus has included but was not limited to International Refugee Protection, Resettlement, Integration, Voluntary Repatriation, Refugee Status Determination, International Humanitarian Law, Protection of Civilians, Child protection,  Gender issues, LGBTIQ inclusion, Capacity Development, Refugee Law Training and Staff Welfare.

Spannuth Verma practiced law in the courts of Hamburg, Lübeck and Schwerin in Germany before taking her expertise to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in New York. She attained her higher and post-graduate Law Degree from the University of Freiburg and Hamburg, Germany and in 1995 obtained her license to practice as a Judge in Germany. 

Spannuth Verma is married to Dr Sunoor Verma, a heart surgeon and an international development specialist. They have two daughters. Along with an international civil service career, she still carries in her heart the city of Hamburg where she was born and educated.

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