● Item 41: Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, questions relating to refugees, returnees and displaced persons and humanitarian questions.
At its fifth session, in 1950, the General Assembly adopted the statute of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (resolution 428 (V), annex).
♦ New international humanitarian order
At its fifty-ninth session, the General Assembly, recalling its resolution 57/184 and those preceding it concerning the promotion of a new international humanitarian order, invited the Secretary-General to continue to promote strict adherence to refugee law, international humanitarian law, human rights law and internationally accepted norms and principles in situations of humanitarian emergency; invited Member States, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs of the Secretariat, relevant entities of the United Nations system, and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, including the Independent Bureau for Humanitarian Issues, to reinforce activities and cooperation so as to continue to develop an agenda for humanitarian action; and requested the Secretary-General to support the process of developing an agenda for humanitarian action and to report to the Assembly at its sixty-first session on the overall progress made (resolution 59/171).
♦ Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
At its sixtieth session, the General Assembly, inter alia, urged Governments and other donors to respond promptly to the annual and supplementary appeals issued by the Office of the High Commissioner for requirements under its programmes; and requested the High Commissioner to report on his activities to the Assembly at its sixty-first session (resolution 60/129).
♦ Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Supplement No. 12
At its fifty-eighth session, the General Assembly decided that the High Commissioner should make an annual oral report to the Economic and Social Council to keep it informed of the coordination aspects of the work of the Office and should continue the existing practice, as established in paragraph 11 of its statute, of presenting an annual written report to the Assembly, on the understanding that every 10 years, beginning at the sixty-eighth session, the report would include a strategic review of the global situation of refugees and the role of the Office, prepared in consultation with the Secretary-General and the Executive Committee (resolution 58/153).
The report of the annual session of the Executive Committee of the High Commissioner’s Programme is submitted in an addendum to the High Commissioner’s annual report.
♦ Assistance to refugees, returnees and displaced persons in Africa
The question of assistance to refugees, returnees and displaced persons in Africa was considered by the General Assembly at its forty-sixth to fifty-ninth sessions (resolutions 46/108, 47/107, 48/118, 49/174, 50/149, 51/71, 52/101, 53/126, 54/147, 55/77, 56/135, 57/183, 58/149 and 59/172).
At its sixtieth session, the General Assembly requested the Secretary-General to submit a comprehensive report to it at its sixty-first session on assistance to refugees, returnees and displaced persons in Africa, taking fully into account the efforts expended by countries of asylum, and to present an oral report to the Economic and Social Council at its substantive session of 2006 (resolution 60/128).
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