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E/CN.9/1996/8


Economic and Social Council

 Distr. GENERAL
15 December 1995
ORIGINAL: ENGLISH


COMMISSION ON POPULATION AND DEVELOPMENT
Twenty-ninth session
26 February-1 March 1996
Item 5(b) of the provisional agenda*


               PROGRAMME QUESTIONS:  PROGRAMME OF WORK FOR
                          THE BIENNIUM 1996-1997

Programme of work in population for the biennium 1996-1997

      Note by the Secretary-General


1.   At its twenty-eighth session, the Commission on Population
and Development had before it, for information, the proposed
programme of work in the field of population for the biennium
1996-1997 of the Department for Economic and Social Information
and Policy Analysis.  The proposed programme had been prepared
under the medium-term plan for the period 1992-1997, adopted by
the General Assembly in its resolution 45/253, and was
subsequently approved by the General Assembly in its resolution
46/185.

2.   The Commission on Population and Development has before it
for consideration at its current session the programme of work in
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 fifty-first
session.  However, adjustments had to be made to take into account
the outcomes of the World Summit for Social Development
(Copenhagen, March 1995) 1/ and the Fourth World Conference on
Women (Beijing, September 1995), 2/ as well as other relevant
considerations, including the general measures taken by the
Secretary-General on the financial situation of the Organization. 
Details of the programme of work, which reflect those adjustments,
are contained in document E/CN.9/1996/CRP.1.

3.   The programme of work has been prepared in accordance with
the guidelines set out in the World Population Plan of Action, 3/
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 chapter 18 of the medium-term
plan for the period 1992-1997, adopted by the General Assembly in
resolution 45/253 and later revised at its forty-seventh session
(A/47/6/Rev.1).   It also follows upon the work programme approved by the 
Council in resolutions 1979/33, 1981/29, 1984/4, 1985/5, 1987/71, 1989/93,
1991/92 and 1994/2 and decision 1995/236, and takes into account
the Programme of Action adopted by the International Conference on
Population and Development, held in Cairo in September 1994, 4/
and endorsed by the General Assembly in its resolution 49/128.

4.   The programme of work has been designed to undertake
follow-up activities relating to the International Conference on
Population and Development, 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
support for technical cooperation projects in the field of
population.  Priorities are set within the framework of the
Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population
and Development and decision 1995/1 of the Commission on
Population and Development at its twenty-eighth session on follow-
up to the Conference.  The programme of work is closely guided by
decision 1995/2 of the Commission at its twenty-eighth session on
programme questions.  


                  Notes
     1/   See Report of the World Summit for Social
Development, Copenhagen, 6-12 March 1995 (A/CONF.166/9).

     2/   See Report of the Fourth World Conference on
Women, Beijing, 4-15 September 1995 (A/CONF.177/20 and Add.1).

     3/   Report of the United Nations World Population
Conference, 1974, Bucharest, 19-30 August 1974 (United Nations
publication, Sales No. E.74.XIII.3), chap. I.

     4/   Report of the International Conference on
Population and Development, Cairo, 5-13 September 1994 (United
Nations publication, Sales No. E.95.XIII.18), chap. I, resolution
1.

     5/   Official Records of the Economic and Social
Council, 1995, Supplement No. 7 (E/1995/7), chap. I, sect. B.

     6/   Ibid.                     

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