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Global Consultations General

Global Consultations, 4 September 2001

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Worlds of Women Coming Together

Learn about WLL; what we do, how we work and how to join us.
Published October 2008

FAQs on Internally Displaced People

Frequently asked questions about IDPs. [pdf, 1.3Mb]

High Commissioner's Dialogue on Protection Challenges 2007

A Dialogue that examined the challenges of protecting refugees and mixed migratory flows.

UNIFEM

United Nations Development Fund for Women: Working for Women's Empowerment and Gender Equality.

Gender and Humanitarian Assistance Resource Kit

Link to this valuable collection of practical tools, policies and research materials on gender and humanitarian action compiled by UN agencies and non-governmental organisations.

Women, Peace and Security

Links to UN and NGO websites and documents illustrating the role of women in conflict and peacebuilding.

Gender Equality Mainstreaming

Links to websites and documents on gender maintreaming

50th anniversary

Read more about the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Refugee Convention in July 2001, and its continuing relevance.

Refworld Publications and News

Read more about internally displaced persons in Refworld.

Special feature on the 50th anniversary of the Convention

The treaty was 50 years old in July 2001. Despite growing controversy about its usefulness, the Convention continues to be the key document in the agency's efforts today to help around 34 million uprooted persons.

UNHCR Good Practices

"A Practical Guide to Empowerment" – UNHCR series produced by the Refugee Women/Gender Equality Unit to demonstrate and disseminate successful gender mainstreaming practices.

The Refugee Convention at 50

Special news editorial from UNHCR

Text of the 1951 Convention and 1967 Protocol

The key document to refugee protection plus the text of the Protocol, which removed a deadline and geographical restrictions from the Convention.

Refugee Children and Education

Education is a fundamental right of the child, one that is vital in restoring hope and dignity.

Global Consultations

The international community reaffirms its commitment to the 1951 Refugee Convention.

Refworld Online

UNHCR's decision-support tool for country of origin research and refugee status decisions.

The 1951 Convention in its 50th Anniversary Year

Statement by Ms. Erika Feller, Director of the Department of International Protection, to the 52nd Session of the Executive Committee.

Refugees Magazine Issue 123

Special issue on the 50th anniversary of the Refugee Convention

Conference on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

Held in Geneva, 27-29 March 2001

UNHCR Tool Boxes on EU Asylum Matters

An essential companion for those involved in EU migration and asylum issues.

Country Operations Plans

Summaries of UNHCR's programme goals, objectives and priorities for each of its country operations.

Dialogue with Refugee Women

Held in Geneva, 20-22 June 2001

Useful Links

More useful information on IDPs.

Report of the WLL Information Meeting

Illustrated report on the 10 December, 2007 meeting.

UNHCR Women's Initiatives

Targeted initiatives to empower women in post-conflict societies

1951 Convention and 1967 Protocol

The key document on refugee protection in full, plus the text of the Protocol

UNHCR Policy on Refugee Women

Introduction, general, the basic principle: mainstreaming/integration, organizational goals, policy objectives, operational objectives.

Signing on Could Make all the Difference

A brochure on the benefits to governments of accession to the Refugee Convention.

Procedures for Becoming a State Party

A brochure on steps needed for a government to sign on to the Refugee Convention.

Strengthening Protection Capacity

Tools and strategies to strengthen the capacity of states to receive and protect refugees. This project is now active across five continents.

Operations

UNHCR has developed a network of suppliers, specialists and partners to protect civilians.

Refugee Children: Escape from Persecution and War

This brochure is designed for young readers.

Guidelines for Gender-based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Settings

Published by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), September 2005

Action for the Rights of Children (ARC)

Read about the ARC resource pack on the Save the Children website.

Legal and Protection Policy Research

A series of legal research and protection policy papers issued by the UNHCR Division of International Protection.

States Parties to the Convention and the Protocol

Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees

Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees

External links

Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement (ATCR)

A mechanism to enhance partnership between UNHCR, Governments and NGOs

Refworld – Children

This Special Feature on Child Protection is a comprehensive source of relevant legal and policy documents, practical tools and links to related websites.

Refugee Protection in International Law

Edited by Erika Feller, Volker Türk and Frances Nicholson, published 2003 by Cambridge University Press

Protection

The protection of millions of uprooted or stateless people is UNHCR's core mandate.

Legal Protection

By working with governments and other organizations on subjects ranging from promoting asylum systems to refugee advocacy, UNHCR promotes the legal protection of refugees and durable solutions.

High Commissioner's Dialogue on Protection Challenges

Two-day international discussion focuses on protection gaps and responses.

Related Internet Links

UNHCR is not responsible for the content and availability of external internet sites

Women in Exile

In any displaced population, approximately 50 percent of the uprooted people are women and girls. Stripped of the protection of their homes, their government and sometimes their family structure, females are particularly vulnerable. They face the rigours of long journeys into exile, official harassment or indifference and frequent sexual abuse, even after reaching an apparent place of safety. Women must cope with these threats while being nurse, teacher, breadwinner and physical protector of their families. In the last few years, UNHCR has developed a series of special programmes to ensure women have equal access to protection, basic goods and services as they attempt to rebuild their lives.

On International Women's Day UNHCR highlights, through images from around the world, the difficulties faced by displaced women, along with their strength and resilience.

Women in Exile

Assessing Refugee Needs in Brazil

UNHCR staff have been visiting and talking to urban refugees around Brazil to assess their protection needs of refugees and other people of concern. The refugee agency, working with local partners, carries out a three-week Participatory Assessment every year. UNHCR uses an age, gender and diversity approach during the exercise. This means also talking to minority and vulnerable groups, including women, older people, those living with disability and more. The findings allow UNHCR to develop an appropriate protection response. This year's exercise was conducted in five cities - São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasília, Rio Grande de Sul and Manaus. Refugees taking part said the assessment allowed them to share views, problems and solutions with UNHCR and others. Various stakeholders, including government officials, aid workers and academics, also participated.

Assessing Refugee Needs in Brazil

International Women's Day

More than 70 per cent of all refugees are women and children. Stripped of the protection of their homes, their government and often their family structure, females are particularly vulnerable. They face the rigours of long journeys into exile, official harassment or indifference and frequent sexual abuse. International Women's Day provides us with an opportunity to honour the resilience and strength of these women.

International Women's Day

ExCom: Global Protection ChallengesPlay video

ExCom: Global Protection Challenges

UNHCR's top protection official, Volker Türk, talks to UNHCR's Head of News Adrian Edwards about his policy speech to the refugee agency's Executive Committee and the need to strengthen international protection.
Lampedusa Tragedy: UNHCR's Protection Chief CommentsPlay video

Lampedusa Tragedy: UNHCR's Protection Chief Comments

Volker Türk, UNHCR's Director of International Protection, speaks about the deaths of scores of people aboard a crowded boat that caught fire off the coast of Italy.
Statelessness: A Message from UNHCRPlay video

Statelessness: A Message from UNHCR

An address from UNHCR's Director of International Protection Volker Türk to mark International Human Rights Day and the launch of a new report on Statelessness in the United States.