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A/RES/51/73


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

12 February 1997

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Fifty-first session
Agenda item 105


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

               [on the report of the Third Committee (A/51/614)]


            51/73.      Assistance to unaccompanied refugee
                        minors


      The General Assembly,

      Recalling its resolutions 49/172 of 23 December 1994 and 50/150
of 21 December 1995,

      Aware of the fact that the majority of refugees are children and
women,

      Bearing in mind that unaccompanied refugee minors are among the
most vulnerable and at risk of neglect, violence, forced military
recruitment, sexual assault and other abuses and therefore require
special assistance and care,

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

      Noting the revised Guidelines on Refugee Children issued by the
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in May
1994 and the development of an emergency kit to facilitate
coordination and to enhance the quality of responses to the needs of
unaccompanied minors by the Office of the High Commissioner, the
United Nations Children's Fund and non-governmental organizations,

      Noting with appreciation the efforts of the Office of the High
Commissioner in the identification and tracing of unaccompanied
refugee minors, and welcoming its effort in reunifying family members
of refugees,

      Welcoming the efforts exerted by the United Nations High
Commissioner for Refugees for the reunification of family members of
refugees,

      Noting 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 continued plight of
unaccompanied refugee minors, and emphasizes once again the urgent
need for their early identification and for timely, detailed and
accurate information on their number and whereabouts;

      3.    Expresses the hope that adequate resources will be provided
for programmes of identification and tracing of unaccompanied refugee
minors;

      4.    Calls upon the Office of the United Nations High
Commissioner for Refugees, in cooperation with other relevant United
Nations bodies, to incorporate policies that aim at preventing refugee
family separation into its programmes, conscious of the importance of
family unity;

      5.    Calls upon all Governments, the Secretary-General, the
Office of the High Commissioner, 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;

      6.    Urges the Office of the High Commissioner, 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;

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

      8.    Calls upon the Secretary-General, the United Nations High
Commissioner for Refugees, 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;

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


                                                          82nd plenary meeting
                                                              12 December 1996


                                     Notes

1/    Resolution 44/25, annex.

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

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

4/    A/51/329.

 

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