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E/CN.9/1994/1


Economic and Social Council

 Distr. GENERAL
9 December 1993
ORIGINAL: ENGLISH



POPULATION COMMISSION
Twenty-seventh session
28-31 March 1994
Item 2 of the provisional agenda


     ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONAL MATTERS

                       Provisional agenda


1.   Election of officers.

2.   Adoption of the agenda and other organizational matters.

3.   Action by the United Nations to implement the recommendations
of the World Population Conference, 1974:

     (a)  General debate on national experience in population
matters;

     (b)  Monitoring of population trends and policies, with
special emphasis on refugees;

     (c)  Review and appraisal of progress made towards the
implementation of the World Population Plan of Action.

4.   Programme questions:

     (a)  Programme performance and implementation;

     (b)  Proposed programme of work for the biennium 1994-1995.

5.   Follow-up to the recommendations of the International
Conference on Population, 1984.

6.   Provisional agenda for the twenty-eighth session of the
Commission.

7.   Adoption of the report of the Commission on its twenty-seventh
session.

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                                    Annotations

1.   Election of officers

     Rule 15 of the rules of procedure of the functional
commissions of the Economic and Social Council stipulates that at
the commencement of its first meeting of a regular session the
Population Commission shall elect, from among the representatives
of its members, a Chairman, one or more Vice-Chairmen and such
other officers as may be required.

     At past sessions, the Commission has elected a Chairman, three
Vice-Chairmen and a Rapporteur.

2.   Adoption of the agenda and other organizational matters

     Rule 7 of the rules of procedure requires that the Population
Commission shall, at the beginning of each session, after the
election of its officers, adopt the agenda for that session on the
basis of the provisional agenda.

     On the recommendation of the Commission at its twenty-sixth
session, the Economic and Social Council, by decision 1991/308,
approved the provisional agenda and documentation for the
twenty-seventh session of the Commission.

3.   Action by the United Nations to implement the recommendations
of the World Population Conference, 1974

     (a)  General debate on national experience in population
matters

     At its twenty-sixth session, the Population Commission
concluded that it would be useful to continue making provision in
its agenda for a general debate, during which members would be able
to exchange views and national experience in the area of
population.  That conclusion was approved by the Economic and
Social Council in decision 1991/308.

     (b)  Monitoring of population trends and policies, with
special emphasis on refugees

     The Economic and Social Council, at its fifty-eighth session
in 1975, considered the implementation of the World Population Plan
of Action and the resolutions and recommendations of the World
Population Conference, 1974.  In decision 87 (LVIII) on the role of
the Population Commission in the implementation of the World
Population Plan of Action, the Council requested the Population
Commission to examine on a biennial basis the results of the
continuous process of monitoring of population trends and policies,
in accordance with paragraph 107 of the Plan of Action, and to
bring its findings to the attention of the Council.

     The General Assembly, in resolution 39/228, endorsed the
recommendation of the International Conference on Population, 1984,
that the monitoring of population trends and policies and the
review and appraisal of the World Population Plan of Action
continue to be undertaken by the Secretary-General, as specified in
the Plan.  The request for a report on the monitoring of population
trends and policies was reiterated by the Economic and Social
Council in its resolution 1985/4.

     The Population Commission has reviewed seven reports of the
Secretary-General on the monitoring of population trends and
policies - in 1977, 1979, 1981, 1984, 1987, 1989 and 1991.  At its
twenty-seventh session, the Commission will have before it the
eighth report on the monitoring of world population trends and
policies, containing a special chapter on refugees.

     (c)  Review and appraisal of progress made towards the
implementation of the World Population Plan of Action

     The World Population Plan of Action calls for a comprehensive
review and appraisal of progress made towards achieving its goals
and recommendations, to be undertaken every five years by the
United Nations system.  The first quinquennial review and appraisal
was undertaken in 1974; the second, in 1984, the findings of which
were the substantive basis for the International Conference on
Population, held at Mexico City in 1984; and the third, in 1989. 
The draft report on the fourth review and appraisal of the Plan of
Action (A/CONF.171/PC/3) will be considered in depth by the
Preparatory Committee for the International Conference on
Population and Development at its third session, to be held in New
York from 11 to 22 April 1994.  The final report will be discussed
at the Conference in Cairo in September 1994.

     Documentation

     Concise report of the Secretary-General on the monitoring of
world population trends and policies, with special emphasis on
refugees (E/CN.9/1994/2)

4.   Programme questions

     (a)  Programme performance and implementation

     On the recommendation of the Population Commission at its
twenty-sixth session, the Economic and Social Council, in
resolution 1991/92, requested the Secretary-General, inter alia, to
continue to give high priority to the monitoring of world
population trends and policies, including in-depth consideration of
special topics, and to continue to work on studies on the
interrelationships between population and development, giving
particular attention to studies promoting the integration of
population factors into development planning, including issues
related to the environment, the role of women and the development
of human resources; studies on the interrelationship between the
status and role of women and population; comparative analysis of
population policies, including analysis of the results of the
Seventh Population Inquiry among Governments; biennial revisions of
estimates and projections of national, urban, rural and city
populations, including demographic indicators and age structure;
analysis of mortality (adult mortality, including maternal
mortality, as well as infant and child mortality); studies on
reproductive behaviour and on family planning and its demographic
impact; studies to measure and understand changes in population
distribution, especially internal migration and urbanization in
developing countries, and international migration; and
dissemination of population information and further strengthening
of the Population Information Network (POPIN) at the regional and
global levels.

     The Council also requested the Secretary-General to coordinate
substantive preparatory work for the International Conference on
Population and Development in 1994; to continue to work closely
with Member States, organizations of the United Nations system and
other intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, as
appropriate, in the implementation of programmes; and to further
improve communication and coordination between the Population
Division of the Secretariat, the regional commissions and
Governments, particularly in order to prepare the most accurate
population estimates and projections possible, an activity in which
the Population Division should play a leading role.

     In addition, the Council requested the Secretary-General to
further strengthen multilateral technical cooperation in order to
meet the urgent need to train an adequate number of population
specialists over the next five years and to stimulate female
enrolment in training courses.  The Council also requested the
Secretary-General, subject to the availability of funds, to
conduct a study of the needs of developing countries for skilled
human resources in the population field and the measures required
to meet those needs.

     Finally, the Council re-emphasized the importance of
maintaining the scope, effectiveness and efficiency of the global
population programme and of continuing to strengthen coordination
and collaboration among the relevant departments of the United
Nations Secretariat, the regional commissions, the United Nations
Population Fund, the World Bank and other organizations and
bodies of the United Nations system in the planning and execution
of their population programmes, as well as the need for
organizations of the United Nations system to strengthen
coordination and collaboration with Member States and other
intergovernmental, non-governmental and national organizations, as
appropriate.

     For its consideration of those activities, the Commission will
have before it a report on the progress of work in the field of
population since its twenty-sixth session.

     (b)  Proposed programme of work for the biennium 1994-1995

     At its forty-fifth session, the General Assembly adopted the
proposed medium-term plan for the period 1992-1997 and reaffirmed
that the plan was the principal policy directive of the United
Nations and should serve as a framework for the formulation of the
biennial programme budget (resolution 45/253).  The plan was later
revised by the Assembly at its forty-seventh session
(A/47/6/Rev.1).  The plan includes a programme on population
(Programme 18) which serves as the legislative authority for the
activities under that heading.  This will be made available to the
Commission as a background document.

     The Commission will have before it, for discussion, a note by
the Secretary-General on the proposed work programme on population
of the United Nations Secretariat in New York for the biennium
1994-1995, drawn up in accordance with the strategy described in
the programme on population of the medium-term plan for the period
1992-1997, as revised.

     Documentation

     Report of the Secretary-General on progress of work in the
field of population, 1991 and 1992-1993 (E/CN.9/1994/3)

     Note by the Secretary-General on the proposed programme of
work in the field of population for the biennium 1994-1995
(E/CN.9/1994/4)

5.   Follow-up to the recommendations of the International
Conference on Population, 1984

     In resolution 1987/72 on the follow-up to the recommendations
of the International Conference on Population, 1984, the Economic
and Social Council requested the Secretary-General to prepare, on
a regular basis, reports on the activities of the United Nations
system in the field of population, on the work of intergovernmental
and non-governmental organizations in the implementation of the
World Population Plan of Action and on the monitoring of
multilateral population assistance; requested the Executive
Director of the United Nations Population Fund to continue to
submit to the Population Commission, on a regular basis, a report
on the activities of the Fund; and invited the Population
Commission to review those reports, within its competence, and to
transmit its views to the Economic and Social Council at its second
regular session.

     Documentation

     Concise report of the Secretary-General on the monitoring of
world population trends and policies, with special emphasis on
refugees (E/CN.9/1994/2)*

     Report of the Secretary-General on the activities of the
United Nations system in the field of population (E/CN.9/1994/5)

     Report of the Secretary-General on monitoring of multilateral
population assistance (E/CN.9/1994/6)

     Report of the Secretary-General on the work of
intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations in the
implementation of the World Population Plan of Action
(E/CN.9/1994/7)

     Report of the Executive Director of the United Nations
Population Fund on activities of the Fund (E/CN.9/1994/8)

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     *    See also the annotations to item 3 (b).
     The parts of the reports and decisions of the Governing
Council of the United Nations Development Programme on its
thirty-eighth, thirty-ninth and fortieth sessions (E/1991/34,
E/1992/28 and E/1993/35) dealing with the United Nations Population
Fund

6.   Provisional agenda for the twenty-eighth session of the
Commission

     In accordance with rule 9 of the rules of procedure, the
Commission will have before it the draft provisional agenda for its
twenty-eighth session, together with an indication of the documents
to be submitted under each item and the legislative authority for
their preparation in order to enable the Commission to consider
those documents from the point of view of their contribution to the
work of the Commission and their urgency and relevance in the light
of the current situation.

     The attention of the Commission is drawn to Economic and
Social Council resolutions 1979/41 and 1981/83 on the control and
limitation of documentation and, in particular, 1982/50 on the
revitalization of the Council.  In paragraph 1 (j) of resolution
1982/50, the Council urged all its subsidiary bodies to exercise
the utmost restraint in making requests of the Secretary-General
for new reports and studies and to implement fully the decisions of
the Council and of the General Assembly with respect to the control
and limitation of documentation.

     The attention of the Commission is drawn in particular to
paragraph 4 of the annex to Council resolution 1982/50, in which it
is stated that the documentation and programme of work of the
subsidiary bodies of the Council and the Assembly should be
streamlined in order to enable them to perform effectively the
functions entrusted to them; that the Council and the Assembly
should continue to review the provisional agenda for their
subsidiary bodies, together with the list of requested
documentation, in order, inter alia, to establish greater
consistency in the overall request for documentation and its
orderly consideration at the intergovernmental level, taking fully
into account the medium-term plan and the programme budget; and
that, in doing so, the Council and the Assembly should also take
into account the need for the consolidation of items and
documentation of their subsidiary machinery.

     Further, the Council, in resolution 1981/83, instructed its
subsidiary bodies to take urgent measures to streamline their
agenda and programmes of work and to bring about a substantial
reduction in their requests for documents, bearing in mind the
duration and cycles of their meetings, and to report to the
Council on measures adopted, taking strictly into account the
guidelines set forth in the pertinent resolutions and decisions of
the Council and the General Assembly.

     In decision 1983/163, the Council requested the
Secretary-General to bring to the attention of intergovernmental
and expert bodies, before decisions were adopted, any request for
documentation that exceeded the ability of the Secretariat to
prepare and process on time and within its approved resources;
and to draw the attention of intergovernmental bodies to areas
where duplication of documentation was likely to occur and/or where
opportunities for integrating or consolidating documents that dealt
with related or similar themes might exist, with a view to
rationalizing documentation.

     Documentation

     Draft provisional agenda for the twenty-eighth session of the
Population Commission

7.   Adoption of the report of the Commission on its twenty-seventh
session

     In accordance with rule 37 of the rules of procedure, the
Commission shall submit to the Economic and Social Council a report
on the work of each session.                          

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