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U.S.-UNHCR Sign Framework for Cooperation for the Year 2004


Washington, DC
February 12, 2004

Summary

The United States Government and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee (UNHCR) recently finalized a Framework for Cooperation for 2004. The Framework is not a legally binding document, but does express the commitment of UNHCR and the U.S. Government to work to advance shared priorities to better assist refugees. This year's Framework focuses on priorities such as Refugee Protection (with a focus on Refugee Women and Refugee Children); Refugee Resettlement; Registration; Fully Assessing Refugees Needs; Meeting Minimum Standards of Care; Emergency Preparedness; and Management, Oversight, and Accountability issues. The Framework was signed in separate signing ceremonies in Washington by Assistant Secretary of State Arthur E. (Gene) Dewey (photo attached), and in Geneva by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Rudd Lubbers. This is the fourth year of such an agreement between the two parties. The Framework has enhanced collaboration and led to improved protection and assistance to the more than 20 million refugees and other persons of concern to UNHCR throughout the world. [Framework for Cooperation for 2004

 Assistant Secretarty for Population, Refugees, and Migration Arthur E. Dewey signs 2004 Framework for Cooperation. [State Dept. photo]

Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees, and Migration Arthur E. Dewey
signs Framework for Cooperation for the Year 2004, while Kolude Doherty (left),
Regional Director for the U.S. and the Caribbean, Office of the UNHCR,  looks on.
[State Dept. photo]

 UN High Commissioner for Refugee Ruud Lubbers signs the Framework for Cooperation in Geneva

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Ruud Lubbers signs in Geneva the
Framework for Cooperation. [State Dept. photo]


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