UN Economic and Social Council Resolution 589 (XX): Annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

The Economic and Social Council,

Having taken note of the report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees with the annexed report of the United Nations Refugee Fund (UNREF) Executive Committee,[1] and the progress which has been made in the implementation of resolution 832 (IX) of the General Assembly,

Noting with satisfaction the special schemes which have been undertaken, particularly by certain European countries, for the resettlement of refugees within the mandate of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in order to relieve the burden of the countries which have given them asylum,

Noting that although substantial contributions have been made to the United Nations Refugee Fund by Governments and as a result of public appeals, the total contributions which have been made so far by Governments fall short of the target approved for 1955,

1.       Expresses the hope that, in order to supplement the increased efforts which are being made under the UNREF programme to promote the economic integration, in their present countries of residence, of refugees within the mandate of the High Commissioner, particularly those living in camps, other countries will continue to include a reasonable number of such refugees in any schemes of immigration which they may undertake;

2.       Urges States Members and non-members of the United Nations to contribute to the United Nations Refugee Fund so that the approved targets for this Fund may be reached within the established time limits.

889th Plenary meeting,
29 July 1955



[1] Official Records of the General Assembly, Tenth Session, Supplement No. 11 (A/2902 and Add.1), transmitted to the Council under documents E/2746 and Add.1.

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