Coordination of activities was among the central objectives of meetings and contacts the High Commissioner had with the heads of UN ICEF, UNDP, UNHCR and UNESCO and other UN agencies and programmes and the International Organization for Migration. It should be noted that cooperation with UN agencies and programmes has increased substantially in connection with the human rights field operations and provided a solid base for cooperation in other areas as well. Operations in Rwanda, Burundi, Malawi, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia are examples of such cooperation.
Reinforcing coordination and cooperation is closely connected with the rationalization of the UN machinery in the field of human rights.
In this context, the High Commissioner These mandates require fact-finding, investigation and the assessment of phenomena, situations and cases, and, as far as advisory services experts are concerned, the development of comprehensive programmes of human rights assistance and training. In this framework, the mandate of the High Commissioner is essentially one of facilitation and coordination and of promoting follow-up action to implement recommendations made by special rapporteurs, experts and working groups.
The priority areas, where enhanced cooperation and exchange of information with and among special rapporteurs, working groups, and treaty bodies should be ensured, are the following: (a) early warning on emergency human rights situations; (b) field missions by the various special rapporteurs or working groups; (c) follow-up action of the High Commissioner to recommendations made by special rapporteurs and working groups; (d) the work of other implementation mechanisms and the provision of advisory services and technical assistance to member states.