REGULATION NO. 2000/58
19 October 2000
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General,
Pursuant to the authority given to him under United Nations Security Council resolution 1244 (1999) of 10 June 1999,
Taking into account United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) Regulation No. 1999/1 of 25 July 1999, as amended, on the Authority of the Interim Administration in Kosovo and UNMIK Regulation No. 2000/1 of 14 January 2000 on the Kosovo Joint Interim Administrative Structure,
For the purpose of establishing the Administrative Department of Non-Resident Affairs,
Hereby promulgates the following:
1.1 The Administrative Department of Non-Resident Affairs (hereinafter “the Department”) is hereby established.
1.2 The term “non-resident affairs” is understood to encompass matters relating to educational, social, cultural, humanitarian, sports, youth and media activities, as well as information assistance to facilitate business investments, civil and voter registration and travel documents.
1.3 Nothing in the present regulation should be construed as encompassing political, diplomatic and/or consular matters or functions.
1.4 The Department shall be responsible for non-resident affairs, including matters relating to members of all ethnic, religious or linguistic communities of Kosovo temporarily or permanently living outside of Kosovo (hereinafter “non-residents”), and contacts with other relevant persons and organizations outside of Kosovo.
1.5 The Department shall implement the policy guidelines formulated by the Interim Administrative Council in the field of non-resident affairs and shall safeguard the non-discriminatory character of all activities.
2.1 The Department may make policy recommendations to the Interim Administrative Council through the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Civil Administration concerning, inter alia:
(a) An overall strategy and policies for the management and conduct of non-resident affairs;
(b) Programs for the efficient, effective and non-discriminatory management and conduct of non-resident affairs; and
(c) The preparation of regulations on matters pertaining to non-resident affairs.
2.2 The Department shall:
(a) Implement the strategy and policies relating to non-resident affairs;
(b) Collect and analyze demographic and other data on non-resident affairs, including non-resident organizations and media institutions;
(c) Foster and facilitate, in consultation with other relevant administrative departments, non-resident educational, social, cultural, humanitarian, sports, youth and media organizations and activities;
(d) Foster and facilitate communication and contacts between persons and organizations within Kosovo, and persons and organizations outside of Kosovo, through activities such as:
(i) development, dissemination, and exchange of informational, cultural, educational and other materials; and
(ii) promotion of personal contacts through visits, lectures, performances, sporting events, festivals and conferences;
(e) Foster and facilitate fund-raising activities and donations by non-resident persons, groups and organizations for the ends enumerated in (c) and (d) above, and compile available information about the collection and use of such funds;
(f) Foster and facilitate business investment in Kosovo by non-residents through the provision of information and liaison assistance;
(g) Co-ordinate with other relevant administrative departments, international and governmental agencies, and non-governmental organizations on matters pertaining to non-resident affairs;
(h) Facilitate communication between non-resident persons and organizations and relevant administrative departments and provide information assistance outside of Kosovo on such matters as civil and voter registration and travel documents;
(i) Liaise with and, to the extent possible, assist relevant persons and organizations to undertake humanitarian activities such as:
(i) facilitating the dignified, phased and humane return to Kosovo of non-residents;
(ii) addressing the situation of persons from Kosovo in detention or believed missing outside Kosovo; and
(iii) facilitating the return to Kosovo of the remains of deceased persons from Kosovo;
(j) Formulate and implement the budget for the Department, with associated monitoring and reporting; and
(k) Perform such other functions as are ancillary to those set out above and are assigned to the Department by the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Civil Administration.
Co-Heads of the Department, under the supervision of the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Civil Administration, shall be jointly responsible for:
(a) Managing the Department and ensuring that the functions entrusted to it are implemented;
(b) Staffing, organizing and administering the Department, and issuing administrative instructions and operating guidelines on any matters pertaining to the functions of the Department; and
(c) The effective and efficient management of resources provided to the Department from the Kosovo Consolidated Budget or from any other source.
Co-Heads of the Department shall:
(a) Implement non-discriminatory personnel policies designed to ensure that the composition of the staff of the Department reflects the multi-ethnic character of Kosovo;
(b) Endeavour to ensure equitable gender balance in all areas and levels within the Department; and
(c) Ensure that all recruitment for the Department is based on professional qualifications, competence and merit.
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General may issue administrative directions for the implementation of the present regulation.
The present regulation shall supersede any provision in the applicable law that is inconsistent with it.
The present regulation shall enter into force on 19 October 2000.
Special Representative of the Secretary-General