Economic and Social Council
7 February 1994
28-31 March 1994
Item 4 (b) of the provisional agenda*
PROGRAMME QUESTIONS: PROGRAMME OF WORK FOR THE
Programme of work in population for the
Note by the Secretary-General
1. At its twenty-sixth session, the Population Commission had
before it, for information, the programmes of work in the field of
population for the biennium 1992-1993 of the former Department of
International Economic and Social Affairs and the former Department
of Technical Cooperation for Development. Those programmes had
been prepared under the medium-term plan for the period 1992-
1997, adopted by the General Assembly in its resolution 45/253, and
were subsequently approved by the General Assembly in its
2. The Population Commission at its current session has before it
for information the programme of work in population for the
biennium 1994-1995 of the Department for Economic and Social
Information and Policy Analysis (A/48/6(Sect. 9), paras.
9.44-9.53). The programme of work has been reviewed by the
Committee for Programme and Coordination, the Advisory Committee on
Administrative and Budgetary Questions and the Fifth Committee, and
approved by the General Assembly in resolution 48/228.
3. The programme of work has been prepared in accordance with the
guidelines set out in the World Population Plan of Action, 1/
General Assembly resolutions 3344 (XXIX), 3345 (XXIX) and 39/228
and Economic and Social Council resolutions 1986/7, 1989/92 and
1991/92, and within the framework of programme 18 of the medium-
term plan for the period 1992-1997, adopted by the General Assembly
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resolution 45/253 and later revised at its forty-seventh session
(A/47/6/Rev.1), and following upon the work programme approved by
the Council in resolutions 1979/33, 1981/29, 1984/4, 1985/5,
1987/71, 1989/93 and 1991/92.
4. The programme of work has been designed to complete the
preparatory work for the International Conference on Population and
Development and follow-up activities, and to carry out research of
the highest priority at the global level, to disseminate research
findings in the most effective manner possible and to provide
substantive and operational support for technical cooperation
projects in the field of population. Priorities are set within the
framework of the World Population Plan of Action 1/ and the
recommendations for its further implementation, adopted by the
International Conference on Population, held at Mexico City in
1/ Report of the United Nations World Population Conference,
Bucharest, 19-30 August 1974 (United Nations publication, Sales No.
E.75.XIII.3), chap. I.
2/ Report of the International Conference on Population,
Mexico City, 6-14 August 1984 (United Nations publication, Sales
No. E.84.XIII.8), chap. I, sect. B.
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