THE UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) yesterday appointed highly respected Thai Buddhist monk, Phra Vudhijaya Vajiramedhi, and Princess Sara Zeid of Jordan as its first two Patrons for Peace and Compassion in recognition of their work to help millions of refugees.
A Patron is an honorary title given to those who support UNHCR and refugees by dedicating valuable time to disseminate information and knowledge. The role is to influence public opinion and change negative attitudes towards refugees and engage others to support the work of UNHCR.
The UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees Kelly Clements presented the certificates at a ceremony in Geneva.
Phra Vajiramedhi is known for his innovative approach to Buddhist teachings and his strong advocacy for peace and compassion towards fellow human beings through the concept “We are One, We are the World”, particularly in interfaith dialogues to support refugees.
He also supported UNHCR’s “Nobody Left Outside” campaign by hosting awareness and fund-raising events to help shelter 2 million refugees in 12 countries, including Jordan, Lebanon, Rwanda and Chad.