Report of the Secretary-General: White Helmets (A/58/320)

The present report describes the status of implementation of the “White Helmets” initiative in the activities of the United Nations system in the field of humanitarian relief, rehabilitation and technical cooperation for development. The report provides highlights and updates on the activities undertaken by the White Helmets since the last report, dated 21 August 2001 (A/56/308), and recommends to the United Nations system the value of utilizing preidentified, standby and trained teams of volunteers in system-wide activities. The report further welcomes the involvement of additional Member States in the White Helmets initiative so that specially trained volunteers can enhance emergency response and development efforts.