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A/RES/50/150


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

9 February 1996

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Fiftieth session
Agenda item 109


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

               [on the report of the Third Committee (A/50/632)]


            50/150.     Assistance to unaccompanied refugee
                        minors

      The General Assembly,

      Reaffirming its resolution 49/172 of 23 December 1994,

      Aware that the majority of refugees are children and women,

      Bearing in mind that unaccompanied refugee minors are among the
most vulnerable refugees and require special assistance and care,

      Mindful of the fact that the ultimate solution to the plight of
those unaccompanied minors is their return to and reunification with
their families,

      Noting that the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner
for Refugees has developed revised Guidelines on Refugee Children,
issued in May 1994,

      Noting also the efforts of the High Commissioner to ensure the
protection of and assistance to refugees, including children and
unaccompanied minors, and that further efforts need to be exerted to
this effect,

      Recalling the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the
Child  1/ and the 1951 Convention  2/ and the 1967
Protocol  3/ relating to the Status of Refugees,

      1.    Takes note of the report of the Secretary-General;  4/

      2.    Expresses its deep concern at the plight of unaccompanied
refugee minors, and emphasizes the urgent need for their early
identification and for timely, detailed and accurate information on
their number and whereabouts;

      3.    Calls upon all Governments, the Secretary-General, the
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, all United Nations
organizations, other international organizations and non-governmental
organizations concerned to exert the maximum effort to assist and
protect refugee minors and to expedite the return to and reunification
with their families of unaccompanied refugee minors;

      4.    Urges the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for
Refugees, all United Nations organizations, other international
organizations and non-governmental organizations concerned to take
appropriate steps to mobilize resources commensurate to the needs and
interests of the unaccompanied refugee minors and for their
reunification with their families;

      5.    Condemns all acts of exploitation of unaccompanied refugee
minors, including their use as soldiers or human shields in armed
conflict and their recruitment in military forces, and any other acts
that endanger their safety and personal security;

      6.    Calls upon the Secretary-General, the High Commissioner, the
Department of Humanitarian Affairs of the Secretariat, the United
Nations Children's Fund and other United Nations organizations and
international organizations to mobilize adequate assistance to
unaccompanied minors in the areas of relief, education, health and
psychological rehabilitation;

      7.    Requests the Secretary-General to report to the General
Assembly at its fifty-first session on the implementation of the
present resolution.



                                                          97th plenary meeting
                                                              21 December 1995


                                     Notes

1/          Resolution 44/25, annex.

2/          United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 189, No. 2545.

3/          Ibid., vol. 606, No. 8791.

4/          A/50/555.

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