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United Nations General Assembly

The General Assembly is the main deliberative and representative organ of the United Nations, comprising all 193 Member States.

In accordance with UNHCR’s Statute, the High Commissioner follows policy directives from the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

Each year, during the summer, the High Commissioner reports orally to ECOSOC. In early November, he presents his annual report to the General Assembly through the Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee, or the Third Committee.

The Third Committee also considers and adopts three resolutions related to UNHCR, namely:

  • the resolution on the work of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner, or omnibus resolution;
  • the resolution on the Enlargement of the Executive Committee of the Programme of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees;
  • the resolution on Assistance to refugees, returnees and displaced persons in Africa.

While the enlargement resolution to increase the membership of the Executive Committee is technical, the other two are discussed and negotiated on an annual basis by United Nations Member States and agreed upon by consensus. The negotiation process of the omnibus resolution is traditionally chaired by a representative of one of the Scandinavian Permanent Missions in Geneva, and the Africa resolution is managed by representatives of African countries.

Reports, resolutions, statements and decisions

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Old content. Still need to fix first dynamic doc list, above.

UNHCR annual reports and omnibus resolutions

Previous manual list moved from row above. Now replaced with a dynamic document list (above).


Dynamic document list: UNHCR annual reports and omnibus resolutions. Uses the following settings:

Lang: Eng; Event category: Executive Committee Meetings (163); Tags: UNHCR-Reports-to-General-Assembly-list (10777)

This tag also needs to be included when we have the OR functionality:

  • UNHCR Annual Reports to the UN General Assembly (1365)
  • And maybe also General-Assembly-Resolutions-list (10802)
  • and General Assembly Resolutions Relating to UNHCR (1169)


View more annual reports and omnibus resolutions


And the previous documents:

There are still way too many documents missing from the 'UNHCR annual reports and omnibus resolutions' dynamic document list. Here is the list on Texis : http://amzirlrcm-prd.unhcr.local/search?page=search&skip=486&docid=&tid=49ec6f17f&scid=49aea93a1aor49aea93a16&comid=58f73cec4

55 pages.


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Attempt to replace the above two manual lists with dynamic lists.

(This doesn't work because these statements are publications, not documents, so this is going to require the 'tag list' feature, which hasn't been deployed yet.)

General Assembly decisions relating to UNHCR