In addition to the annual ExCom plenary session and Standing Committee meetings, informal consultative meetings of the Standing Committee are held throughout the year. There are also informal preparatory consultations for ExCom members to prepare conclusions on international protection and decisions for the plenary session.
Informal Preparatory Consultations
Conclusions and decisions to be presented to the ExCom plenary for adoption are prepared in a series of informal preparatory consultations chaired by the Executive Committee Rapporteur. These meetings are open to members only, although new arrangements have been put in place to allow non-state observers to comment on issues which are under consideration.
Informal Consultative Meetings of the Standing Committee
The ExCom Chairperson may call for informal consultative meetings on topics requiring in-depth discussion. Consultations, involving ExCom members and Standing Committee observers, have in recent years covered topics such as management and organizational reform, international protection, UNHCR’s budget structure, the agency’s role in operations for internally displaced people, UNHCR’s strategy in supporting the return and reintegration of displaced populations, and the programme budget for the coming year.
In 2001, the General Assembly established the “Ad Hoc Committee of the General Assembly for the announcement of voluntary contributions to the Programme of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees” (Pledging conference) to allow Member States to pledge contributions to UNHCR (A/RES/55/75).
At the Pledging conference, usually held in December, the High Commissioner asks donors for support to ensure protection, assistance and the search for solutions for people of concern to his Office in the upcoming year, as outlined in the Global Appeal. The outcome of the Pledging conference provides UNHCR with an important indication of the level of funding it will have to start activities in the next year, as well as of the resources likely to become available over the course of the year.
Sub-Committee of the Whole on International Protection (SCIP)
The former Sub-Committee of the Whole on International Protection (SCIP) was replaced by the Standing Committee in late 1995.
- Report of the 21 June 1995 inter-sessional meeting of the Sub-Committee of the Whole on International Protection
13 Oct 1995
- Current UNHCR activities on behalf of stateless persons
21 Sep 1995
- Information note on the follow-up of the recommendations of the OAU/UNHCR symposium on refugees and forced population displacements in Africa
14 Sep 1995