Global Consultations: final Third Track meeting

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Rupert Colville to whom quoted text may be attributed at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

The final meeting of the so-called "Third Track" of the Global Consultations process is taking place in Geneva from 22 to 24 May 2002. The outcome of the discussions held during the meeting will be fed into the Agenda for Protection - a series of activities which will serve as a guide to humanitarian organizations and governments in strengthening refugee protection. A complete text of the Agenda for Protection will be discussed by UNHCR's Executive Committee at its regular meeting from 24-26 June. The five main areas that will be covered by the Agenda for Protection are: strengthening the implementation of the 1951 instrument and its 1967 Protocol; ensuring better protection of refugees within broader migration movements; sharing the burden and responsibilities for refugees and asylum seekers more equitably among states; handling security-related concerns more effectively and increasing efforts to find long-lasting solutions for refugees.