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Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
2594 (XXIV)

16 December 1969


2594. Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

The General Assembly,

Having considered the report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees1 and having heard his statement,2

Noting with appreciation the results obtained by the High Commissioner in the accomplishment of his humanitarian task of international protection of refugees within his mandate,

Noting further the progress achieved in the search for permanent solutions to the problems of refugees who are the High Commissioner's concern, and the constant efforts being made by the High Commissioner, in co-operation with United Nations bodies and voluntary agencies, to promote the voluntary repatriation, the integration in countries of asylum or the resettlement in other countries of those refugees,

Recognizing the importance of the intermediary role of the High Commissioner in his relations with Governments and the constructive character of his humanitarian action,

Noting with satisfaction the increasing role of government financing of the High Commissioner's assistance programme owing to the growing number of contributing countries and to the substantial increase in certain contributions,

Expressing its appreciation of the adoption, under the aegis of the Organization of African Unity, of the Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems in Africa, on 10 September 1969, as well as of the accession of an increasing number of countries to the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees of 19513 and the Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees of 1967,4 and expressing the hope that the present trend of increasing accessions to the Convention and the Protocol will continue,

1. Requests the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to continue to provide international protection and assistance to refugees who are his concern, in accordance with the relevant General Assembly resolutions, in particular those relating to the new groups of refugees in Africa, and with the directives of the Executive Committee of the High Commissioner's Programme;

2. Requests the High Commissioner to continue his efforts to achieve, by closer co-operation with the specialized agencies and other members of the Unite Nations system, a speedy and satisfactory solution to the refugee problems;

3. Urges Governments to continue to lend their support to the High Commissioner's humanitarian task particularly by providing the necessary means to enable the financial targets, established with the approval of the Executive Committee, to be reached.

1835th plenary meeting,
16 December 1969

1 Official Records of the General Assembly, Twenty-fourth Session, Supplement No. 12 (A/7612) and Supplement No. 12A (A/7612/Add.1).

2 Ibid., Twenty-fourth Session, Third Committee, 1728th meeting.

3 United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 189 (1954), No. 2545.

4 See Official Records of the General Assembly, Twenty-first Session, Supplement No. 11A (A/6311/Rev.1/Add.1), part one, para. 2.