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UNITED
NATIONS
A

        General Assembly
Distr.
GENERAL
A/63/305
18 August 2008

Original: English

Sixty-third session
Item 68 of the provisional agenda*
Strengthening of the coordination of humanitarian and
disaster relief assistance of the United Nations, including
special economic assistance







Safety and security of humanitarian personnel and protection of United Nations personnel


Report of the Secretary-General


Summary
The General Assembly, in its resolution 62/95, requested the Secretary-General to submit to it at its sixty-third session a comprehensive and updated report on the safety and security of humanitarian personnel and protection of United Nations personnel, and on the implementation of the resolution. The present report provides updates on the safety and security of humanitarian and United Nations personnel over the past year and on the efforts of the Department of Safety and Security to implement the recommendations of the Assembly contained in resolution 62/95 that fall under the responsibility of the Department.

The report highlights significant challenges and threats to the security and safety of humanitarian and United Nations personnel.
1 It focuses on the Organization’s efforts to ensure respect for the human rights, privileges and immunities of humanitarian and United Nations personnel, and to promote a culture of security consciousness, collaboration and accountability at all levels. The report calls for international collective responsibility, according to international laws and principles, and closer collaboration between the United Nations and host Governments to ensure the safety and security of humanitarian and United Nations personnel.

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*A/63/150 and Corr.1.

1The present report is submitted without prejudice to the implementation of recommendations made by the Independent Panel on Safety and Security of United Nations Personnel and Premises Worldwide or the Independent Panel on Accountability related to the attack on United Nations premises in Algiers in 2007. A further report on institutional issues concerning staff, premises and security will be submitted to the forthcoming General Assembly.



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