Statements by High Commissioner, 4 September 2010
Geneva, 4 October 2010
In his Opening Statement to the 61st Session of the Executive Committee and the first since being reelected by the General Assembly to a second five-year term in May 2010, the High Commissioner will set out the major challenges confronting UNHCR today and the steps being taken to meet them.
Intractability of conflict: Reduced availability of solutions, responding to the deteriorating environment for peacekeeping
Globally displaced populations: Afghan and Somali refugees and asylum-seekers
Responding to protracted situations: Impact of increased duration of stay and financial/economic crisis on host countries, need for increased international solidarity, resettlement, support for refugee-affected and host areas, reducing the refugee footprint
Natural disasters: UNHCR mandate, internal displacement, partnership, frequency and severity of natural disasters, experience of past year, going forward
UNHCR reform: Key results to date, reforms still in progress
Funding: Global Needs Assessment (GNA), prioritization, earmarking
Priorities: Reinforcement of protection capacity, refugees in urban areas, strengthening emergency preparedness and response
Commemorations: Objectives and activities for the anniversaries of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugee and the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness and the birth of Fridtjof Nansen, High Commissioner's Dialogue on Protection Challenges.