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How to Apply for Observer Status

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How to Apply for Standing Committee Observer Status

Observer status is only valid for one year of inter-sessional meetings, starting in October. It is decided upon under the relevant agenda item during the plenary session and a list of observers is included in the report of the session. Requests for observer status received after the adoption of the report of the Executive Committee are submitted for decision at the following meeting of the Standing Committee.

(a) Governments

States wishing to participate as observers in the inter-sessional meetings of the Standing Committee should send written applications by fax - (+41) 022.739.7348 - to the UNHCR Secretariat.

(b) Intergovernmental and international organizations

At its plenary session, the Executive Committee approves a list of intergovernmental and international organizations to be invited by the High Commissioner to participate as observers in meetings of the Standing Committee.

(c) Non-governmental organizations

Non-governmental organizations wishing to attend Standing Committee meetings should contact UNHCR's Inter-Agency Unit as soon as possible following the ExCom plenary session.