Yearbook of the United Nations 1995

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The principal reference work of the United Nations, providing a comprehensive, one-volume account of the Organization’s work along with information on the work of each specialized agency in the United Nations’ family.



Refugees and displaced persons

In 1995, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was concerned with the fate of some 24 million persons, of whom 14 million were refugees, 3.2 million internally displaced persons, 2.8 million returnees, and 3.5 million were others with humanitarian needs. Prospects for a large-scale repatriation to the former Yugoslavia emerged towards the end of the year, while in Central Africa plans for a comprehensive voluntary repatriation faltered. In general, UNHCR focused on programmes and mechanisms launched in response to previous large-scale emergencies, the implementation of solutions where possible, and the elaboration of preventive strategies. It also continued to implement its international protection mandate and reinforced operational links with agencies and other partners, including various non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and UN human rights mechanisms.


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