United Nations General Assembly A/RES/55/74 Distr.: General 12 February 2001 Fifty-fifth session Agenda item 109 Resolution adopted by the General Assembly [on the report of the Third Committee (A/55/597)] 55/74. Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees The General Assembly, Having considered the report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on the activities of her Office 1 and the report of the Executive Committee of the Programme of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on the work of its fifty-first session 2 and the conclusions and decisions contained therein, Recalling its resolution 54/146 of 17 December 1999, Commending the High Commissioner, her staff and their implementing partners for the competent, courageous and dedicated manner in which they discharge their responsibilities, paying tribute to those staff members whose lives have been endangered in the course of their duties, and strongly condemning the deaths and injuries and other forms of physical and psychological violence experienced by staff members as a consequence of generalized as well as targeted violence, Expressing appreciation, in this year which marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, for the work accomplished since its establishment in responding to the protection and assistance needs of refugees and in promoting durable solutions to their plight, and commending States for their cooperation and support, 1. Endorses the report of the Executive Committee of the Programme of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on the work of its fifty-first session;2 2. Strongly reaffirms the fundamental importance and the purely humanitarian and non-political character of the function of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees of providing international protection to refugees and seeking permanent solutions to the problem of refugees, and reiterates the need for Governments to continue to facilitate the effective exercise of this function; 1 2 00 56383 Official Records of the General Assembly, Fifty-fifth Session, Supplement No. 12 (A/55/12). Ibid., Supplement No. 12A (A/55/12/Add.1).