Global Consultations General
Global Consultations, 4 September 2001
- Global Consultations Update (1 August 2002)
- Agenda for Protection (A/AC.96/965/Add.1)
- Statement by Mrs. Erika Feller Director of the Department of International Protection to the 24th Meeting of the Standing Committee, (25 June 2002)
- Global Consultations Update (1 January 2002)
- Global Consultations – Flow-chart, December 2001
- Overview of Events relating to the Protection of Refugee Women and Refugee Children (as of 1 December 2001)
- "The 1951 Convention in its 50th Anniversary Year", Statement by Ms. Erika Feller Director, Department of International Protection, to the 52nd Session of ExCom
- Conclusion on International Protection (from 2001 UNHCR ExCom meeting)
- Global Consultations Update (1 October 2001)
- Calendar of Events, 2000-2002 (as of 7 December 2001)
- Update on the Global Consultations on International Protection (Standing Committee, 30 May 2001)
- Global Consultations Update (31 January 2001)
- Conclusion on International Protection (from 2000 UNHCR ExCom meeting)
- "Revitalizing the Refugee Protection Regime: The Road Ahead as the 1951 Convention turns 50", Statement by Ms. Erika Feller, Director, Department of International Protection, to the 51st Session of ExCom
- The Process (chart)
Learn about WLL; what we do, how we work and how to join us.
Published October 2008
Frequently asked questions about IDPs. [pdf, 1.3Mb]
A Dialogue that examined the challenges of protecting refugees and mixed migratory flows.
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.
Links to UN and NGO websites and documents illustrating the role of women in conflict and peacebuilding.
Links to websites and documents on gender maintreaming
Read more about the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Refugee Convention in July 2001, and its continuing relevance.
Read more about internally displaced persons in Refworld.
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.
"A Practical Guide to Empowerment" UNHCR series produced by the Refugee Women/Gender Equality Unit to demonstrate and disseminate successful gender mainstreaming practices.
Special news editorial from UNHCR
The key document to refugee protection plus the text of the Protocol, which removed a deadline and geographical restrictions from the Convention.
Education is a fundamental right of the child, one that is vital in restoring hope and dignity.
The international community reaffirms its commitment to the 1951 Refugee Convention.
Published February 2009 [pdf, 2.3Mb]
UNHCR's decision-support tool for country of origin research and refugee status decisions.
Statement by Ms. Erika Feller, Director of the Department of International Protection, to the 52nd Session of the Executive Committee.
Special issue on the 50th anniversary of the Refugee Convention
Held in Geneva, 27-29 March 2001
An essential companion for those involved in EU migration and asylum issues.
Summaries of UNHCR's programme goals, objectives and priorities for each of its country operations.
Held in Geneva, 20-22 June 2001
More useful information on IDPs.
Illustrated report on the 10 December, 2007 meeting.
Targeted initiatives to empower women in post-conflict societies
The key document on refugee protection in full, plus the text of the Protocol
Introduction, general, the basic principle: mainstreaming/integration, organizational goals, policy objectives, operational objectives.
A brochure on the benefits to governments of accession to the Refugee Convention.
A brochure on steps needed for a government to sign on to the Refugee Convention.
Tools and strategies to strengthen the capacity of states to receive and protect refugees. This project is now active across five continents.
UNHCR has developed a network of suppliers, specialists and partners to protect civilians.
This brochure is designed for young readers.
Published by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), September 2005
Read about the ARC resource pack on the Save the Children website.
A series of legal research and protection policy papers issued by the UNHCR Division of International Protection.
A mechanism to enhance partnership between UNHCR, Governments and NGOs
This Special Feature on Child Protection is a comprehensive source of relevant legal and policy documents, practical tools and links to related websites.
Edited by Erika Feller, Volker Türk and Frances Nicholson, published 2003 by Cambridge University Press
The protection of millions of uprooted or stateless people is UNHCR's core mandate.
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.
The seventh High Commissioner's Dialogue on Protection Challenges will take place on 10-11 December 2014 on the theme of "Protection at Sea".
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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
Women and girls make up about 50 percent of the world's refugee population, and they are clearly the most vulnerable. At the same time, it is the women who carry out the crucial tasks in refugee camps – caring for their children, participating in self-development projects, and keeping their uprooted families together.
To honour them and to draw attention to their plight, the High Commissioner for Refugees decided to dedicate World Refugee Day on June 20, 2002, to women refugees.
The photographs in this gallery show some of the many roles uprooted women play around the world. They vividly portray a wide range of emotions, from the determination of Macedonian mothers taking their children home from Kosovo and the hope of Sierra Leonean girls in a Guinean camp, to the tears of joy from two reunited sisters. Most importantly, they bring to life the tremendous human dignity and courage of women refugees even in the most difficult of circumstances.
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
UNHCR: Protection Speech at ExCom
UNHCR's Head of News Adrian Edwards interviews Volker Türk, the agency's protection chief, about his address to UNHCR's governing Executive Committee on the global protection environment.
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 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.