03 October 2011

62nd Session of EXCOM, 3-7 October 2011

The 62nd Session of the Executive Committee of the High Commissioner's Programme opened today and runs through 7 October 2011 in Geneva. The provisional annotated agenda lists the relevant documents for each agenda item and when the agenda items will be discussed. A number of documents have been made available in advance, including the Note on International Protection, the Note on Statelessness and the Updates on UNHCR's Regional Operations and Global Programmes.

The following side events have also been scheduled:
- Oct. 3: A review of the state of refugee education - The key to the future: providing quality education to all refugee children
- Oct. 4: 1) Prevent, Protect, Reduce: Action on Statelessness in 2011; 2) Expert roundtables held in the framework of the commemorations
- Oct. 5: 1) Transitional Solutions Initiative: A joint UNHCR-UNDP presentation on eastern Sudan and Colombia; 2) The Somalia emergency
- Oct. 6: 1) 60th anniversary agenda: Regional cooperation in Asia and beyond; 2) Update on the Côte d’Ivoire situation
- Oct. 7: ICVA side event: The gathering storm: natural disasters, vulnerability and protection challenges

In addition, the Nansen Refugee Award ceremony will be held on the evening of the first night. This year's winner is a Yemeni NGO, the Society for Humanitarian Solidarity (SHS), for its "life-saving work with refugees and migrants who make the treacherous sea journey to Yemen."

I will post additional documents, speeches and updates as they are made available.

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