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E/CN.9/1996/1


Economic and Social Council

 Distr. GENERAL
6 December 1995
ORIGINAL: ENGLISH


COMMISSION ON POPULATION AND DEVELOPMENT
Twenty-ninth session
26 February-1 March 1996
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.     General debate on national experience in population matters.

4.     Follow-up actions to the recommendations of the International
       Conference on Population and Development:  reproductive
       rights and reproductive health.

5.     Programme questions:

       (a)  Programme performance and implementation in 1995;

       (b)  Programme of work for the biennium 1996-1997.

6.     Provisional agenda for the thirtieth session of the
       Commission.

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




                         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
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 on Population and
Development 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 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-eighth
session, the Economic and Social Council, in its decision 1995/236,
approved the provisional agenda and documentation for the twenty-
ninth session of the Commission.

3.     General debate on national experience in population matters

       At its twenty-fifth session, the Commission concluded that
it would be useful to make provision in its agenda for a general
debate, during which views and national experiences in the area of
population could be exchanged.

4.     Follow-up actions to the recommendations of the International
Conference on Population and  Development:  reproductive rights
and reproductive health

       In its resolution 49/128 of 19 December 1994, in which it
endorsed the recommendations of the International Conference on
Population and Development, the General Assembly decided that the
revitalized Population Commission, which it renamed the Commission
on Population and Development, as a functional commission assisting
the Economic and Social Council, would monitor, review and assess the
implementation of the Programme of Action of the Conference at the
national, regional and international levels, and would advise the
Council thereon.

       In the same resolution, the General Assembly called upon the
organizations and bodies of the United Nations system to undertake
the actions required to give full and effective support to the
implementation of the Programme of Action (para. 10).  The Assembly
requested the specialized agencies and all related organizations of
the United Nations system to review and, where necessary, adjust
their programmes and activities in line with the Programme of Action,
and to take appropriate measures to ensure its full and effective
implementation, taking into account the specific needs of developing
countries (para. 22).  The Assembly further requested the Council to
consider the submission of recommendations to the Secretary-General
on the establishment of an appropriate mechanism for inter-agency
coordination, collaboration and harmonization in the implementation
of the Programme of Action (para. 28 (c)).

       In the new terms of reference of the Commission (E/1995/27,
annex I, sect. IA), which were endorsed by the Economic and Social
Council in its resolution 1995/55, the Commission is called upon to
adopt a topic-oriented and prioritized multi-year work programme,
culminating in a quinquennial review and appraisal of the Programme
of Action.  That work programme, inter alia, will provide a framework
for assessing the progress achieved in the implementation of the
Programme of Action.  In the report of the Commission on its twenty-
eighth session, which was noted by the Economic and Social Council
in its decision 1995/236, the Commission called for the preparation
of annual reports on a selected topic of the Programme of Action (see
E/1995/27, annex I, sect. III).  The topic for 1996 is "Reproductive
rights and reproductive health, including population information,
education and communication"; a report on that topic will be before
the Commission.

       Documentation

       Report of the Secretary-General on world population
       monitoring, focusing on reproductive rights and reproductive
       health,including population information, education and
       communication (E/CN.9/1996/2)

       Report of the Secretary-General on the monitoring of
       population programmes (E/CN.9/1996/3)

       Report of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Implementation
       of the Programme of Action of the International Conference
       on Population and Development (E/CN.9/1996/4)

       Report of the Secretary-General on activities of
       intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations for the
       implementation of the Programme of Action of the
       International Conference on Population and Development
       (E/CN.9/1996/5)

       Report of the Secretary-General on the flow of financial
       resources for assisting in the implementation of the
       Programme of Action of the International Conference on
       Population and Development (E/CN.9/1996/6)


5.     Programme questions

       (a)  Programme performance and implementation in 1995

       As noted by the Economic and Social Council in its decision
1995/236, the Commission, at its twenty-eighth session, requested the
Secretary-General, inter alia, to continue to give high priority to
the monitoring of population trends and policies; undertake biennial
preparation of estimates and projections of global, national, urban,
rural and city populations; conduct studies on population and related
development policies; prepare studies on interactions of population
change; carry out analyses of mortality; contribute to and coordinate
in-depth studies on fertility and nuptiality and reproductive rights
and health, including family planning; undertake studies to improve
the understanding of the causes and consequences of internal
migration and international migration; increase public awareness of
and information exchange on population and development issues; make
the necessary arrangements for coordinating the review and appraisal
of the Programme of Action; and provide technical cooperation support
to developing countries, particularly the least developed countries,
and, on a temporary basis, to countries with economies in transition,
in the light of the economic and social problems that those countries
face at present.

       For its consideration of the above-mentioned activities, the
Commission will have before it a report on progress achieved in the
field of population since its twenty-eighth session.

       (b)  Programme of work for the biennium 1996-1997

       In its resolution 45/253, 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 budgets.  The plan was later revised by the
Assembly in its resolution 47/214.  The revised plan (A/47/6/Rev.1)
includes a programme on population (programme 18), which serves as
the legislative authority for United Nations activities under that
heading; a reproduction of programme 18 will be before the Commission
as a background document.  The Commission will also have before it
as a background document the programme of work on population for the
biennium 1996-1997, as reviewed by the Committee for Programme and
Coordination, the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary
Questions, and the Fifth Committee, and as approved by the General
Assembly at its fiftieth session.

       The Commission, at its twenty-eighth session, noted that the
follow-up to the International Conference on Population and
Development would require that the Population Division involve itself
in new work, such as elaborating reproductive health indicators and
studying the interrelationship between migration and development, and
the Commission recommended the strengthening of the Secretariat in
the field of population from within existing resources in order to
ensure adequate preparation and support for the activities of the
Commission.

       The Commission will have before it for discussion a note by
the Secretary-General on the programme of work for 1996-1997, which
will take into account the outcomes of the World Summit for Social
Development (see A/CONF.166/9) and the Fourth World Conference on
Women (see A/CONF.177/20), as well as other relevant considerations.

       Documentation

       Report of the Secretary-General on progress of work in the
       field of population, 1995 (E/CN.9/1996/7)

       Note by the Secretary-General on the programme of work for
       the biennium 1996-1997 (E/CN.9/1996/8)

6.     Provisional agenda for the thirtieth 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
thirtieth 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.  In addition, the Commission is reminded
that in paragraph 1 (j) of its resolution 1982/50 on the
revitalization of the Council, 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 urged them to
implement fully the decisions of the Council and Assembly on the
control and limitation of documentation.

       The attention of the Commission is also drawn to paragraph
4 of the annex to the above-mentioned resolution, in which the
Secretary-General recommends that (a) the documentation and programme
of work of the subsidiary bodies of the Council and Assembly should
be streamlined in order to enable the subsidiary bodies to perform
effectively the functions entrusted to them; (b) the Council and
Assembly should continue to review the provisional agendas of 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 (c) in doing so, the Council and
Assembly should also take into account the need to consolidate the
items and documentation of their subsidiary machinery.

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

       In its decision 1983/163, the Council requested that, before
decisions were adopted, the Secretary-General 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 requested that in order to rationalize
documentation the Secretary-General draw the attention of
intergovernmental bodies to areas in which duplication of
documentation was likely to occur and/or in which opportunities for
integrating or consolidating documents that dealt with related or
similar themes might exist.

       Documentation

       Draft provisional agenda for the thirtieth session of the
       Commission on Population and Development

6.     Adoption of the report of the Commission on its twenty-ninth
       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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