UN Development Coordination Office
United Nations Kosovo Team
Tel: +381 38 249 066 ext 157
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO
Established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), is mandated to:
UNHCR Kosovo, through the UNSCR 1244 (1999), also performs a specific mandate to assure the “safe and unimpeded return of all refugees and displaced persons to their homes in Kosovo”.
UNHCR IN KOSOVO
The Office of Chief of Mission in Kosovo provides international protection and identification of durable solutions for refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced persons.
UNHCR’s presence in Kosovo began in 1992 assisting refugees seeking protection and humanitarian aid. In the wake of the 1998-99 conflict, UNHCR’s mandate was broadened to assist internally displaced persons and returnees.
UNHCR operates in all five regions of Kosovo with more than 50 staff members.
UNHCR Kosovo assists refugees, internally displaced persons and returnees by providing legal aid, advocacy and monitoring. Durable solutions are also sought for the protracted Bosnia & Herzegovina /Croatia refugees.
UNHCR supports the authorities in coordinating all return-related activities, while ensuring international protection standards are met through human rights monitoring, participatory assessment exercises and outreach activities.
UNHCR Kosovo supports the development of the legislative and administrative framework in the areas of concern to UNHCR as well as strengthens the capacity of the central and municipal authorities to develop and implement a protection framework that meets international and regional human rights standards.
FAIR PROTECTION PROCESSES AND DOCUMENTATION
The provision of civil registration and civil status documentation is strengthened.
Some 1,500 children are registered and issued documentation under regular birth registration procedures, and 1,500 people are registered through late birth registration facilities.
FAVORABLE PROTECTION ENVIRONMENT
- Law and policy are developed and strengthened.
- Advocacy is conducted for the inclusion of people of concern in local, national and regional development plans.
- Comments provided on legal acts and drafts.
- Access to the territory is improved and the risk of refoulement reduced.
- Interviews are conducted with asylum-seekers and people of concern.
- The potential for voluntary return is realized.
- Reintegration is made more sustainable.
- Reintegration monitoring is established and an assessment of protection gaps undertaken.
- A durable solutions strategy for displaced people in Kosovo is pursued.
More on UNHCR: www.unhcr.org
Contact in Kosovo:
Shpend Halili – email@example.com
Tel: ++381 38 241 509
Fax: ++381 28 241 516
rr. Isa Kastrati 117
Pristina 10000, Kosovo