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Executive Committee Meetings

World Refugee Year
1390 (XIV)

20 November 1959


1390. World Refugee Year

The General Assembly,

Recalling its resolution 1285 (XIII) of 5 December 1958 on the World Refugee Year,

Noting with appreciation the support that has already been given to the World Refugee Year by Governments, non-governmental organizations and the general public, as well as the efforts of the Secretary-General in this endeavour,

Believing that the success of the World Refugee Year will be largely dependent on concrete responses yet to be made in many countries,

1. Urges States Members of the United Nations and members of the specialized agencies, in accordance with the national wishes and needs of each country and in the humanitarian spirit of the World Refugee Year:

(a) To continue to focus interest on the refugee problem;

(b) To endeavour to make additional financial contributions for international assistance to refugees and to encourage in their territory increasing contributions from non-governmental organizations and the general public;

(c) To encourage additional opportunities for permanent refugee solutions through voluntary repatriation, resettlement or integration, on a purely humanitarian basis and in accordance with the freely expressed wishes of the refugees themselves;

2. Requests the Secretary-General to continue his efforts to assist in the promotion of the World Refugee Year.

841st plenary meeting,
20 November 1959.