Vincent Cochetel


Mr. Vincent Cochetel has been appointed as UNHCR’s Special Envoy for the Central and Western Mediterranean Situation as of 1 June 2017. He is based in Tunis.

Mr. Cochetel joined UNHCR in 1986, initially working as a legal/protection officer in a number of duty stations, mainly in Europe. He then managed UNHCR field offices in Central Europe, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Mr. Cochetel participated in several emergency missions in Asia, West Africa, and Europe (North Caucasus).

In September 2002, he was appointed as Director of the Investigation Unit of the Inspector General’s Office at UNHCR Headquarters in Geneva. In May 2005, he became Deputy Director of UNHCR’s Division of International Protection and
Director of the Resettlement Service. Mr. Vincent Cochetel served as the United
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ (UNHCR) Regional Representative for the United States and the Caribbean, based in Washington, D.C., from August 2010 to February 2013. He assumed between March 2013 and June 2017 the functions of Director of the Bureau for Europe of UNHCR and of UNHCR’s Regional Refugee Coordinator for the refugee crisis in Europe in 2015-2017.

Before joining UNHCR, Mr. Cochetel collaborated for two years with the European Commission of the European Communities and briefly with the European Court of Human Rights.

Mr. Cochetel has written articles on numerous refugee issues and contributed to the drafting of several UNHCR training manuals related to staff safety, emergency management, protection, and durable solutions.

Mr. Cochetel graduated from the Law Faculty of Tours (France), Paris II and Paris XI universities.

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