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Annotated Agenda (submitted by the High Commissioner)

Administrative and Financial Matters (SCAF), 18 August 1995

1. Adoption of the agenda

2. Report on the work of the inter-sessional meetings of the Sub-Committee, including the adoption of the draft report of the 20 June 1995 Meeting

The Chairman of the Sub-Committee will make an oral report on the work of the inter-sessional meetings. The Sub-Committee will have before it the reports of its 16 January 1995 and 4 April 1995 meetings (EC/SC.2/72, EC/SC.2/73 respectively), as well as the Report on the Informal Consultations on Budgetary Questions Conclusions and Related Documentation (EC/SC.2/75) adopted by the 20 June meeting. In addition, the Sub-Committee will be invited to adopt the draft report of its 20 June 1994 meeting (EC/1995/SC.2/CRP.25).

3. Update on programmes and funding

The Sub-Committee will consider the following documents: Update on Programmes and Funding (A/AC.96/845/Part I/Add.1); Proposal to Create a Post of Assistant High Commissioner (Policy, Planning and Operations) (A/AC.96/846/Part VII/Add.1); and Education Account (EC/SC.2/81).

Also of relevance to the discussion under this item is the following documentation for the plenary of the forty-sixth session of the Executive Committee: A/AC.96/846 (UNHCR Programmes: Part I, Africa; Part II, Asia and Oceania; Part III, Europe; Part IV, Americas and the Caribbean; Part V, South West Asia, North Africa and the Middle East; Part VI, Other Programmes; and Part VII, Headquarters); A/AC.96/845 (Overview of UNHCR Activities: Part I, Consolidated Programmatic, Budgetary and Financial Information; Part II, Field and Headquarters: Programmatic, Budgetary and Financial Information; and Part III, Background Information on Humanitarian Assistance Policy, Programmes, Administrative and Financial Matters); A/AC.96/854 (UNHCR Activities Financed from Voluntary Funds: Report for 1994-1995 and Proposed Budget for 1996 Report of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions); A/AC.96/849 (Report on the Status of Contributions to UNHCR Voluntary Funds as of 31 May 1995).

4. Programme Policy Issues

The Sub-Committee will consider a number of programme policy issues, which will be taken up in the following two clusters:

A. (i) Refugee Women

The Sub-Committee will have before it EC/SC.2/77 (Refugee Women: the Achievements and the Challenges).

(ii) Refugee Children

The Sub-Committee will consider EC/SC.2/78 (Implementation of UNHCR's Policy and Guidelines on Refugee Children)

(iii) Refugee Health

The Sub-Committee will consider EC/SC.2/CRP.29 (Refugee Health)

B. (i) Refugees and the environment

The Sub-Committee will have before it EC/SC.2/79 (Progress Report on the Guidelines on Refugees and the Environment).

(ii) Emergency Response

The Sub-Committee will have before it conference room paper EC/1995/SC.2/CRP.28 (Information Note on Emergency Preparedness and Response).

5. Administrative, financial and human resources issues

(a) Voluntary Funds accounts for the year 1994 and Report of the Board of Auditors thereon

The Sub-Committee will have before it the following documents to facilitate its consideration of this item: A/AC.96/848 (Voluntary Funds administered by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees: Accounts for the year 1994); A/AC.96/853 (Report of the Board of Auditors to the General Assembly on the Accounts of the Voluntary Funds Administered by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for the Year ended 31 December 1994); and A/AC.96/853/Add.1 (Report of the Advisory Committee for Administrative and Budgetary Questions to the General Assembly at its 50th Session (extract)).

(b) Human Resources Management

The Sub-Committee will have before it a Progress Report on UNHCR's Career Management System (EC/1995/SC.2/CRP.26).

(c) Implementing partners

The Sub-Committee will consider EC/1995/SC.2/CRP.27 (UNHCR and its Implementing Partners)

6. Executive Committee Working Methods

Under this item, the Sub-Committee will consider the Report of the Working Group on Executive Committee Working Methods (EC/SC.2/76) with a view to transmitting recommendations to the plenary for adoption. It will also have before it a Note on the Introduction of Russian as an Official Language of the Executive Committee (EC/SC.2/80).

7. Any other business

8. Adoption of the draft report of the Sub-Committee on Administrative and Financial Matters to the Executive Committee




Stateless in Beirut

Since Lebanon was established as a country in the 1920s there has been a long-standing stateless population in the country.

There are three main causes for this: the exclusion of certain persons from the latest national census of 1932; legal gaps which deny nationality to some group of individuals; and administrative hurdles that prevent parents from providing proof of the right to citizenship of their newborn children.

Furthermore, a major reason why this situation continues is that under Lebanese law, Lebanese women cannot pass on their nationality to their children, only men can; meaning a child with a stateless father and a Lebanese mother will inherit their father's statelessness.

Although exact numbers are not known, it is generally accepted that many thousands of people lack a recognized nationality in Lebanon and the problem is growing due to the conflict in Syria. Over 50,000 Syrian children have been born in Lebanon since the beginning of the conflict and with over 1 million Syrian refugees in the country this number will increase.

Registering a birth in Lebanon is very complicated and for Syrian parents can include up to five separate administrative steps, including direct contact with the Syrian government. As the first step in establishing a legal identity, failure to properly register a child's birth puts him or her at risk of statelessness and could prevent them travelling with their parents back to Syria one day.

The consequences of being stateless are devastating. Stateless people cannot obtain official identity documents, marriages are not registered and can pass their statelessness on to their children Stateless people are denied access to public healthcare facilities at the same conditions as Lebanese nationals and are unable to own or to inherit property. Without documents they are unable to legally take jobs in public administrations and benefit from social security.

Children can be prevented from enrolling in public schools and are excluded from state exams. Even when they can afford a private education, they are often unable to obtain official certification.

Stateless people are not entitled to passports so cannot travel abroad. Even movement within Lebanon is curtailed, as without documents they risk being detained for being in the country unlawfully. They also do not enjoy basic political rights as voting or running for public office.

This is the story of Walid Sheikhmouss Hussein and his family from Beirut.

Stateless in Beirut

Special Envoy Angelina Jolie in Iraq

The UN refugee agency's Special Envoy Angelina Jolie visited Iraq this week, meeting with Syrian refugees and internally displaced Iraqi citizens in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. She offered support to 3.3 million people uprooted by conflict in the country and highlighted their needs.

Jolie spoke to people with dramatic stories of escape, including some who walked through the night and hid by day on their road freedom. She also met women who were among the 196 ethnic Yazidis recently released by militants and now staying in the informal settlement at Khanke.

"It is shocking to see how the humanitarian situation in Iraq has deteriorated since my last visit," said Jolie. "On top of large numbers of Syrian refugees, 2 million Iraqis were displaced by violence in 2014 alone. Many of these innocent people have been uprooted multiple times as they seek safety amidst shifting frontlines."

Photos by UNHCR/Andrew McConnell

Special Envoy Angelina Jolie in Iraq

Barbara Hendricks marks 25 years with UNHCR

Acclaimed soprano Barbara Hendricks has spent a quarter-of-a-century helping UNHCR to spread awareness about refugees and lobbying on their behalf with politicians and governments. She was named a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador in 1987 and, in 2002, was appointed Honorary Lifetime Goodwill Ambassador in recognition of her long service for the refugee agency.

In 2012, UNHCR celebrates this landmark 25th anniversary with a ceremony in the Geneva headquarters of the refugee agency. In her years with UNHCR, Hendricks has performed fund-raising concerts, met policymakers and government leaders in Europe, Asia and Africa and been on more than a dozen visits to the field, meeting the forcibly displaced around the world. UNHCR salutes its longest serving Goodwill Ambassador.

Barbara Hendricks marks 25 years with UNHCR