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UN Economic and Social Council Resolution 1981/4: Humanitarian assistance to refugees in Djibouti

Publisher UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
Author UN Economic and Social Council (1981, 1st sess. : New York)
Publication Date 4 May 1981
Citation / Document Symbol E/RES/1981/4
Reference 1981
Cite as UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), UN Economic and Social Council Resolution 1981/4: Humanitarian assistance to refugees in Djibouti, 4 May 1981, E/RES/1981/4, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae69ee94.html [accessed 11 July 2014]

1981/4. Humanitarian assistance to refugees in Djibouti

The Economic and Social Council,

Having heard the statement of the Joint Co-ordinator for Special Economic Assistance Programmes on the needs of the refugees and the devastating effects of the recent floods in Djibouti,[1]

Taking note with satisfaction of the report of the Secretary-General on humanitarian assistance to refugees in Djibouti,[2] to which is annexed the report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on assistance to refugees in Djibouti,

Recalling its resolutions 1980/11 of 28 April 1980 and 1980/44 of 23 July 1980 and General Assembly resolution 35/182 of 15 December 1980,

Deeply concerned about the continued food shortage in Djibouti, which has been aggravated by the devastating effects of the severe drought and the heavy floods that have left over one third of the already destitute population homeless,

Appreciating the determined efforts of the Government of Djibouti to cope with the ever-increasing number of the refugees, the devastating effects of the severe drought and the recent torrential rains and floods that have left over one third of the country's population homeless,

Aware of the consequences of the social and economic burden placed on the Government and people of Djibouti as a result of the influx of refugees and the subsequent impact on the national development and infrastructure of the country,

Noting with appreciation the continued efforts of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to keep the refugee situation in Djibouti under constant review,

Noting also with appreciation the concern and the continued efforts of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the United Nations Development Programme, the World Health Organization, the World Food Programme and the governmental and non-governmental organizations that have worked closely with the Government of Djibouti on the relief and rehabilitation programmes for the refugees and the people affected by the recent floods in Djibouti,

1. Appreciates the action taken by the Secretary-General in reporting on the refugee situation in Djibouti;

2. Endorses the report of the Secretary-General on humanitarian assistance to refugees in Djibouti and the report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees annexed thereto;2

3. Takes note with appreciation of the oral report of the Joint Co-ordinator for Special Economic Assistance Programmes on the needs of the refugees and the devastating effects of the recent floods on the population in Djibouti;1

4. Appreciates the efforts of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to keep the refugee situation in Djibouti under constant review and invites him to continue his humanitarian assistance to the refugees in Djibouti;

5. Requests the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to continue to ensure that adequate assistance programmes are organized for the refugees and to maintain close contacts with Member States and the governmental and non-governmental organizations concerned to mobilize adequate assistance to the Government of Djibouti to cope effectively with the refugee situation, which has now been complicated by the re cent floods that have severely affected the urban and rural refugee population in that country;

6. Appeals to all Member States, United Nations organs, specialized agencies and governmental and non-governmental organizations to continue their support for the efforts of the Government of Djibouti to provide for the needs of the refugees and the people affected by the devastating floods in that country;

7. Requests the Secretary-General, in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, to review the current refugee situation in Djibouti and to submit an updated report, including an assessment of the needs of the people affected by the severe floods in Djibouti, to the General Assembly at its thirty-sixth session;

8. Decides to consider at its second regular session of 1981, and to bring to the attention of the General Assembly at its thirty-sixth session, the progress achieved in the implementation of the present resolution.

13th plenary meeting
4 May 198



[1] See E/1981/SR.8.

[2] A/36/214.

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