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E/1996/25 - E/CN.9/1996/9


Commission on Population and Development

 

 


                      Commission on Population
                          and Development

                    Report on the twenty-ninth session
                        (26 February-1 March 1996)


                        Economic and Social Council
                         Official Records, 1996
                            Supplement No. 5

                       United Nations  New York, 1996

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                           ISSN 0251-7760

                               SUMMARY


     The Commission on Population and Development, which marked its
fiftieth anniversary in 1996, held its twenty-ninth session at United
Nations Headquarters from 26 February to 1 March 1996.  The five-day
session was the first time that the Commission had met since its
membership was increased from 27 to 47 by the Economic and Social
Council in its decision 1995/320, which was endorsed by the General
Assembly in resolution 50/124.  The Population Division of the
Department for Economic and Social Information and Policy Analysis
of the United Nations Secretariat has served as the substantive
secretariat of the Commission since its inception in 1946.  At its
twenty-eighth session, the Commission reaffirmed that role,
acknowledging the Population Division as the body with the competency
to cover the broad range of issues covered by the Programme of Action
of the International Conference on Population and Development.

     The work of the Commission was given new impetus by the
International Conference on Population and Development (Cairo, 5-13
September 1994), and its Programme of Action.  In resolution 49/128,
the General Assembly gave the Commission on Population and
Development, as a functional commission assisting the Economic and
Social Council, the responsibility for monitoring, reviewing and
assessing the implementation of the Programme of Action.  The
Commission is also responsible for reviewing the work programme of
the Population Division.

     The central theme of the twenty-ninth session was "Reproductive
rights and reproductive health", including such issues as family
planning, maternal health, abortion and information on sexuality.
One of the documents before the Commission was a report on world
population monitoring, focusing on the theme of the session.  The
report provided a summary of recent information on a number of
topics, such as entry into reproductive life; reproductive behaviour;
contraception; abortion; maternal mortality and morbidity; sexually
transmitted diseases; human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/acquired
immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS); reproductive rights; and population
information, education and communication with respect to reproductive
rights and reproductive health.  Other reports covered the monitoring
of population programmes; activities of the Inter-Agency Task Force
for the Implementation of the Programme of Action; activities of
intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations dealing with
reproductive rights and reproductive health; flows of financial
resources; and programme implementation in 1995 and programme of work
for the biennium 1996-1997.


     As in previous sessions, the Commission held a general debate,
during which members exchanged views and national experiences in the
area of population, particularly the implementation of the Programme
of Action.

     The Commission considered follow-up actions to the
recommendations of the Conference, and approved a draft resolution
for adoption by the Council at its substantive session of 1996.  The
draft resolution strives to enhance the role of the Commission in
monitoring the Programme of Action both through improved and
increased reporting and by facilitating the participation of
non-governmental organizations.  The resolution also (a) requests
improved annual reporting on financial flows related to the costed
elements of the Programme of Action; (b) requests that a revised and
more comprehensive report on activities of intergovernmental and non-
governmental organizations in the area of reproductive rights and
reproductive health be submitted to the Commission at its thirty-
first session; (c) proposes that, in addition to their special
coverage in the report on world population monitoring, main
demographic trends be covered biennially, starting in 1997, in a new
complementary concise report to be prepared by the Population
Division; (d) encourages the widest possible dissemination of reports
on progress in the implementation of the Programme of Action prepared
by the organizations and bodies of the United Nations system,
including, wherever possible, their dissemination through electronic
channels of communication; and (e) requests that evidence of further
progress in achieving the goals of the Programme of Action be
communicated to the Commission.

     In reviewing programme implementation in 1995 and examining the
work programme for 1996-1997, the Commission expressed its
appreciation for the high quality of work of the Population Division,
and expressed concern that its work programme had had to be adjusted
to take into account the cash-flow situation of the United Nations.
The Commission adopted a resolution on the work programme on
population, in which it regarded the work of the Population Division,
in collaboration with other relevant organizations and institutions,
as being of considerable importance to the monitoring of the
implementation of the Programme of Action, and as serving the crucial
need of the United Nations system and the international community for
scientifically sound inputs to analysis, debate, planning and policy
in the area of population and development.  In the same resolution,
the Commission recognized the need for a reappraisal of the work
programme in view of the increased demands resulting from major
United Nations conferences, as well as the financial situation of the
Organization, and it urged the General Assembly to ensure that no
essential elements of the work programme are adversely affected.  The
Commission also requested that it be consulted by the Director of the
Population Division in the reappraisal of the work programme.  The
Commission fully supported the need to protect the long-term work
programme of the Population Division, including both traditional
demographic work and the development of innovative approaches to
meeting new demands, following the outcomes of the International
Conference on Population and Development and other recent major
United Nations conferences.

     The Commission also adopted the provisional agenda for its
thirtieth session, in 1997, and the report on its twenty-ninth
session.




                              CONTENTS

Chapter                                           Paragraphs  Page

INTRODUCTION ........................................     1 - 2  1

  I.  MATTERS CALLING FOR ACTION BY THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL
      COUNCIL OR BROUGHT TO ITS ATTENTION ............    3 - 5  2

      A. Draft resolution ..........................      3      2

      B. Draft decision ............................      4      4

      C. Matters brought to the attention of the
       Council ..                                         5      5

 II.  GENERAL DEBATE ON NATIONAL EXPERIENCE IN POPULATION
      MATTERS ......................................      6 - 9  7

III.  FOLLOW-UP ACTIONS TO THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE
      INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON POPULATION AND
      DEVELOPMENT:  REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS AND REPRODUCTIVE
      HEALTH ............................                10 - 28 8

      A. General discussion ...................          10 - 24  8

      B. Action taken by the Commission .......          25 - 28  9

 IV.  PROGRAMME QUESTIONS .................              29 - 37 11

      A. General discussion .................            29 - 34 11

      B. Action taken by the Commission ....             35 - 37 11

  V.  PROVISIONAL AGENDA FOR THE THIRTIETH SESSION OF THE
      COMMISSION ...........................                38   13

 VI.  ADOPTION OF THE REPORT OF THE COMMISSION ON ITS
      TWENTY-NINTH SESSION ....................          39 - 40 14

VII.  ORGANIZATION OF THE SESSION .............          41 - 48 15

      A. Opening and duration of the session ........    41 - 43 15

      B. Attendance ............................            44   15

      C. Election of officers ..............                45   15

      D. Agenda ...............                             46   15

      E. Documentation ............                         47   16

      F. Consultation with non-governmental organizations   48   16


                                   Annexes

    I.   ATTENDANCE ........................................     17

   II.   LIST OF DOCUMENTS BEFORE THE COMMISSION AT ITS TWENTY-NINTH
         SESSION ................................................20


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                                INTRODUCTION


1.   In its decision 1995/320 of 12 December 1995, which was endorsed
by the General Assembly in its resolution 50/124 of 20 December 1995,
the Economic and Social Council increased the membership of the
Commission on Population and Development from 27 to 47.

2.   The Commission on Population and Development held its twenty-
ninth session at United Nations Headquarters from 26 February to 1
March 1996.

                              Chapter I

        MATTERS CALLING FOR ACTION BY THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL
                 COUNCIL OR BROUGHT TO ITS ATTENTION


                        A.  Draft resolution

3.   The Commission on Population and Development recommends to the
Economic and Social Council the adoption of the following draft
resolution:


       Follow-up to the International Conference on Population
                          and Development

     The Economic and Social Council,

     Bearing in mind the results of the International Conference on
Population and Development and the adoption of its Programme of
Action1/  and taking into account General Assembly resolution
49/128 of 19 December 1994 on the report of the International
Conference on Population and Development, as well as
Assembly resolution 50/124 of 20 December 1995 and Economic and
Social Council resolution 1995/55 of 28 July 1995 on the
implementation of the Programme of Action,

     Having reviewed the report of the Commission on Population and
Development on its twenty-ninth session,

     Recalling the terms of reference and multi-year work programme
of the Commission, endorsed by the Council in its resolution 1995/55,

     1.  Stresses the need for all the reports prepared as part of
the multi-year work programme of the Commission on Population and
Development to be based on comprehensive and reliable information,
for the final version of the reports to take fully into account the
observations of the Commission and for the reports to be widely
disseminated in accordance with the terms of reference of the
Commission;

     2.  Also stresses the need to ensure that the deliberations of
the Commission fully reflect its updated and enhanced mandate, taking
into account the integrated, multidisciplinary and comprehensive
approach of the Programme of Action of the International Conference
on Population and Development;

     3.  Welcomes the newly constituted Task Force on Basic Social
Services of the Administrative Committee on Coordination, under the
current chairmanship of the United Nations Population Fund, and
requests the Task Force to make appropriate arrangements to ensure
coordination, collaboration and harmonization in the implementation
of all aspects of the Programme of Action, as decided by the
Commission at its twenty-eighth session, and to continue to report
thereon to the Commission;

     4.  Requests that a revised version of the report of the
Secretary-General relating to the activities of the non-governmental
sector in the area of reproductive rights and reproductive health be
submitted to the Commission at its thirty-first session, in 1998,
based on a more comprehensive survey of the sector and a clearer
explanation of the selection criteria and categorization of the
organizations consulted, and incorporating examples of cooperation
between Governments and non-governmental organizations, in both
developing and developed countries;

     5.  Decides to invite non-governmental organizations to
participate, on an exceptional basis, in the thirtieth session of the
Commission, in 1997, along the lines specified in Economic and Social
Council resolution 1996/208 of 9 February 1996;

     6.  Requests the Secretary-General to make appropriate
arrangements for liaison between non-governmental organizations and
the Commission, and to ensure that existing channels of communication
with non-governmental organizations are fully utilized in order to
facilitate broad-based participation and dissemination of
information;

     7.  Requests improved annual reporting on financial flows,
including allocations/expenditures, based on consistent criteria and
related to the costed elements of the Programme of Action, including
a clear account of levels and trends of funding by source (bilateral,
multilateral (both core and non-core) and private funds, domestic
allocations and the like);

     8.  Encourages the widest possible dissemination of reports on
progress in implementing the Programme of Action prepared by the
organizations and bodies of the United Nations system, including,
wherever possible, their dissemination through electronic channels
of communication, and welcomes the intention of the United Nations
Population Fund to report on implementation in its annual publication
State of the World Population;

     9.  Proposes that, in addition to their special coverage in the
World Population Monitoring reports, main demographic trends be
covered biennially, starting in 1997, in a complementary concise
report prepared by the Population Division of the Department for
Economic and Social Information and Policy Analysis of the United
Nations Secretariat, to be discussed under the agenda item concerning
the work programme of the Population Division;

     10. Emphasizes the importance of information, education and
communication as a strategy for furthering follow-up action on the
International Conference on Population and Development, particularly
in the areas of reproductive rights and reproductive health, and
urges the Population Division to highlight the efforts of Governments
in this regard in relevant reports prepared for the Commission;

     11. Welcomes the encouraging evidence of actions being
undertaken by Governments, international organizations and the non-
governmental sector in response to the challenges of the Programme
of Action related to reproductive rights and reproductive health, and
stresses the need for such action to be accelerated and widened, in
particular the need to mobilize additional financial resources, as
called for in the Programme of Action;

     12. Requests the Task Force on Basic Social Services to
coordinate the development of appropriate indicators, taking into
account relevant research, so that progress in addressing
reproductive health needs by individual countries can be assessed on
a reliable basis;

     13. Requests that evidence of further progress in achieving the
goals of the Programme of Action be communicated to the Commission
on an annual basis through selected publications and documentation
prepared by the United Nations Secretariat, including the Population
Division, as well as publications and documentation prepared by other
United Nations bodies, including the United Nations Population Fund,
the regional commissions and the specialized agencies.


                         B.  Draft decision

4.   The Commission on Population and Development recommends to the
Economic and Social Council the adoption of the following draft
decision:


      Report of the Commission on Population and Development on
      its twenty-ninth session and provisional agenda for the
                 thirtieth session of the Commission

     The Economic and Social Council:

     (a) Takes note of the report of the Commission on Population and
Development on its twenty-ninth session;

     (b) Approves the provisional agenda for the thirtieth session
of the Commission set out below.


         Provisional agenda for the thirtieth session of the
              Commission on Population and Development

     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:
         international migration, with special emphasis on the
         linkages between migration and development and on gender
         issues and the family.

         Documentation

         Report of the Secretary-General on world population
         monitoring, focusing on international migration, with
         special emphasis on the linkages between migration and
         development and on gender issues and the family

         Report of the Secretary-General on the monitoring of
         population programmes

         Report of the Secretary-General on activities of
         intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations
         relating to the implementation of the Programme of Action
         of the International Conference on Population and
         Development

         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

         Relevant parts of the report of the ACC Task Force on Basic
         Social Services dealing with the implementation of the
         Programme of Action of the International Conference on
         Population and Development

     5.  Programme questions:

     (a) Programme performance and implementation;

     (b) Proposed programme of work for the biennium 1998-1999.

         Documentation

         Report of the Secretary-General on progress of work in the
         field of population, 1996

         Note by the Secretary-General on the programme of work for
         the biennium 1998-1999

     6.  Provisional agenda for the thirty-first session of the
         Commission.

         Documentation

         Note by the Secretariat containing the draft provisional
         agenda for the thirty-first session of the Commission

     7.  Adoption of the report of the Commission on its thirtieth
         session.


         C.  Matters brought to the attention of the Council

5.   The following resolution adopted by the Commission is brought
to the attention of the Council:


   Resolution 1996/1.  Work programme in the field of population

     The Commission on Population and Development,

     Bearing in mind the outcome of the International Conference on
Population and Development and the adoption of its Programme of
Action, 2/ taking into account General Assembly resolutions
49/128 of 19 December 1994 on the report of the International
Conference on Population and Development, 50/124 of 20 December 1995
on the implementation of the Programme of Action, and 50/215 A of 23
December 1995 on budget appropriations, for the biennium 1996-1997,
as well as Economic and Social Council resolution 1995/55 of 28 July
1995 on the implementation of the Programme of Action,

     Recalling decision 1995/2 of the Commission on Population and
Development on programme question, 3/

     1.  Regards the work of the Population Division of the
Department for Economic and Social Information and Policy Analysis
of the United Nations Secretariat, in collaboration with other
relevant bodies, as being of considerable importance to the
monitoring of the implementation of the Programme of Action of the
International Conference on Population and Development, and as
serving the crucial need of the United Nations system and the
international community for scientifically sound inputs to analysis,
debate, planning and policy in the area of population and
development;

     2.  Regrets that the work programme has had to be adjusted to
take into account the general measures taken by the Secretary-General
in view of the tight cash-flow situation of the Organization;

     3.  Urges the General Assembly, in its future deliberations on
the work programme for the biennium 1996-1997, to ensure that no
essential elements of the envisaged work programme are adversely
affected;

     4.  Reiterates the need to maintain the special role and
strengths of the Population Division as a body with competence across
the broad range of issues covered by the Conference, as well as the
importance of maximizing the effectiveness of the Population
Division;

     5.  Reaffirms the content of the work programme in the field of
population for the current biennium, as defined by the Commission in
the report on its twenty-eighth session; 4/

     6.  Stresses that priority is to be attached to the elements of
the work programme that are directly related to the monitoring and
review of the Programme of Action;

     7.  Recognizes the need for a reappraisal of the shape, content
and structure of the work programme at the thirtieth session of the
Commission in view of the beginning of the new planning period, as
well as the need to support the implementation of the outcomes of
relevant major United Nation conferences;

     8.  Requests the Director of the Population Division to consult
with the members of the Commission with respect to the above-
mentioned reappraisal, and fully supports the need to protect the
long-term work programme, including both traditional demographic work
and the development of innovative approaches to meeting new demands
following the outcomes of the International Conference on Population
and Development and other recent major United Nations conferences.



                              Footnotes

     1/ 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, annex.

2/   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, annex.

3/   Official Records of the Economic and Social Council, 1995,
Supplement No. 7 (E/1995/27), chap. I, sect. B.

4/Official Records of the Economic and Social Council, 1995,
Supplement No. 7 (E/1995/27), annex II.




                             Chapter II

     GENERAL DEBATE ON NATIONAL EXPERIENCE IN POPULATION MATTERS


6.   The Commission on Population and Development held a general
discussion on item 3 of its agenda at the 1st to 3rd meetings, on 26
and 27 February 1996.

7.   At the 1st meeting, on 26 February, statements were made by the
representatives of Japan, China, Mexico, the United States of
America, Canada, Italy, India, Pakistan, the Russian Federation and
France.

8.   At the 2nd meeting, on 26 February, statements were made by the
representatives of Ukraine, the Netherlands, Egypt, Jamaica, the
United Republic of Tanzania, Nicaragua, Bangladesh and Peru and the
observer for the Holy See.

9.   At the 3rd meeting, on 27 February, statements were made by the
representatives of Brazil, the Philippines, Indonesia, the Republic
of Korea, Tunisia, Nepal, the Sudan and Kenya and the Observer for
Malaysia.


                             Chapter III

    FOLLOW-UP ACTIONS TO THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE INTERNATIONAL
    CONFERENCE ON POPULATION AND DEVELOPMENT:  REPRODUCTIVE
                   RIGHTS AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH


                       A.  General discussion

10.  The Commission on Population and Development held a general
discussion on item 4 of its agenda at its 2nd to 4th meetings, on 26
and 27 February 1996.  It had before it the following documents:

     (a) Concise report of the Secretary-General on world population
monitoring, 1996:  reproductive rights and reproductive health
(E/CN.9/1996/2);

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

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

     (d) Report of the Secretary-General on the activities of
intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations in the area of
reproductive rights and reproductive health (E/CN.9/1996/5);

     (e) Report of the Secretary-General on the flow of financial
resources in international assistance for population (E/CN.9/1996/6).

11.  At the 2nd meeting, on 26 February, the Director of the
Population Division of the Department for Economic and Social
Information and Policy Analysis of the United Nations Secretariat
made an introductory statement.

World population monitoring, 1996

12.  At the 2nd meeting, on 26 February, the Assistant Director of
the Population Division introduced the concise report of the
Secretary-General on world population monitoring, 1996:  reproductive
rights and reproductive health (E/CN.9/1996/2).

13.  At the same meeting, statements were made by the representatives
of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Belgium,
Jamaica, Nigeria, the Netherlands, the United States of America,
Mexico, Canada, France and Malta.

14.  At the 3rd meeting, on 27 February, the representative of the
World Health Organization made a statement.

15.  At the 4th meeting, on 27 February, statements were made by the
representatives of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Indonesia.

Monitoring of population programmes

16.  At the 2nd meeting, on 26 February, the Deputy Executive
Director of the United Nations Population Fund introduced the report
of the Secretary-General on the monitoring of population programmes
(E/CN.9/1996/3).

17.  At the 3rd meeting, on 27 February, statements were made by the
representatives of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern
Ireland, China, the Netherlands, Canada, Mexico, the United States
of America and the Republic of Korea and the observers for Norway and
the Holy See.

Work of the Inter-Agency Task Force

18.  At the 3rd meeting, on 27 February, the Deputy Chief of the
Technical and Evaluation Division of the United Nations Population
Fund introduced the report of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the
Implementation of the Programme of Action of the International
Conference on Population and Development on the work of the Task
Force (E/CN.9/1996/4).

19.  At the 4th meeting, on 27 February, statements were made by the
representatives of the Philippines, France, Japan, Canada, Jamaica
and the Sudan.

Activities of intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations

20.  At the 4th meeting, on 27 February, the Chief of the
Reproductive Health Branch of the Technical and Evaluation Division
of the United Nations Population Fund introduced the report of the
Secretary-General on the activities of intergovernmental and non-
governmental organizations in the area of reproductive rights and
reproductive health (E/CN.9/1996/5).

21.  At the same meeting, statements were made by the representatives
of the Sudan, the United States of America, Japan, the Philippines,
Belgium, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and
Northern Ireland, Nigeria, France, Canada, the Islamic Republic of
Iran and Indonesia and the observers for Norway and the Holy See.

Flow of financial resources

22.  At the 4th meeting, on 27 February, the Chief of the Technical
and Evaluation Division of the United Nations Population Fund
introduced the report of the Secretary-General on the flow of
financial resources in international assistance for population
(E/CN.9/1996/6).

23.  At the same meeting, statements were made by the representatives
of the Sudan, Japan, the United States of America, Canada, Mexico,
the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Jamaica,
Germany, the Philippines, the Islamic Republic of Iran and Indonesia
and the observer for Norway.

24.  Also at the same meeting, general statements on the item were
made by the representatives of the International Labour Organization
and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization.


                 B.  Action taken by the Commission

25.  At the 5th meeting, on 28 February, the representative of Italy,
on behalf of the States Members of the United Nations that are
members of the European Community, introduced a draft resolution
(E/CN.9/1996/L.4) entitled "Follow-up to the International Conference
on Population and Development".

26.  At the 8th meeting, on 1 March, the Vice-Chairman of the
Commission, Mr. R. L. Cliquet (Belgium), introduced a draft
resolution (E/CN.9/1996/L.7), submitted on the basis of informal
consultations held on draft resolution E/CN.9/1996/L.4.

27.  At the same meeting, following statements by the representatives
of Nigeria, Japan, Canada, Italy (on behalf of the States Members of
the United Nations that are members of the European Community) and
Egypt, the Commission adopted the draft resolution as orally revised
during the discussion (see chap. I, sect. A).

28.  In the light of the adoption of draft resolution
E/CN.9/1996/L.7, draft resolution E/CN.9/1996/L.4 was withdrawn by
its sponsors.

                             Chapter IV

                         PROGRAMME QUESTIONS


                       A.  General discussion

29.  The Commission on Population and Development held a general
discussion on item 5 of its agenda at its 5th and 6th meetings, on
28 February 1996.  It had before it the following documents:

     (a) Report of the Secretary-General on the progress of work in
the field of population in 1995:  Department for Economic and Social
Information and Policy Analysis of the United Nations Secretariat
(E/CN.9/1996/7);

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

     (c) Note by the Secretary-General on the programme of work for
the biennium 1996-1997:  population (Department for Economic and
Social Information and Policy Analysis of the United Nations
Secretariat) (E/CN.9/1996/CRP.1).

30.  At the 5th meeting, on 28 February, the Under-Secretary-General
for Economic and Social Information and Policy Analysis of the United
Nations Secretariat made a statement.

31.  At the same meeting, the Director of the Population Division
made an introductory statement.  Statements were also made by the
Chief of the Fertility and Family Planning Section, the Chief of the
Mortality and Migration Section and the Officer-in-Charge of the
Population Estimates and Projections Section.

32.  Also at the same meeting, statements were made by the
representatives of the United States of America, the Netherlands,
Indonesia, Ukraine, Jamaica, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and
Northern Ireland, China, Brazil, Peru, Canada, Japan, the
Philippines, the Sudan, France, Nigeria and Malta and the observers
for Norway and Malaysia.

33.  At the 6th meeting, on 28 February, statements were made by the
Chief of the Population Policy Section, the Chief of the Population
and Development Section, the Assistant Director and the Interregional
Adviser of the Population Division, and the Director of the United
Nations Statistics Division.

34.  At the same meeting, statements were made by the representatives
of the Philippines, Cuba, France, the United States of America,
Canada and Indonesia.  Statements were also made by the
representatives of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and
the Pacific, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the
Caribbean, the Economic Commission for Africa and the Economic and
Social Commission for Western Asia.


                 B.  Action taken by the Commission

35.  At the 7th meeting, on 29 February, the representative of Italy,
on behalf of the States Members of the United Nations that are
members of the European Union, introduced a draft resolution
(subsequently issued as document E/CN.9/1996/L.6), entitled "Work
programme in the field of population".

36.  At the 8th meeting, on 1 March, the Vice-Chairman of the
Commission, Mr. R. L. Cliquet (Belgium), orally revised the draft
resolution on the basis of informal consultations held under his
chairmanship.

37.  At the same meeting, the Commission adopted the draft
resolution, as orally revised (see chap. I, sect. C).Chapter V

            PROVISIONAL AGENDA FOR THE THIRTIETH SESSION
                          OF THE COMMISSION


38.  At its 8th meeting, on 1 March, the Commission approved the
draft provisional agenda for its thirtieth session (see chap. I,
sect. B).

                             Chapter VI

           ADOPTION OF THE REPORT OF THE COMMISSION ON ITS
                        TWENTY-NINTH SESSION


39.  At the 8th meeting, on 1 March, the Vice-Chairman-cum-Rapporteur
introduced and orally revised the draft report of the Commission on
its twenty-ninth session (E/CN.9/1996/L.5).

40.  At the same meeting, the Commission adopted the draft report,
as orally revised and amended during the discussion.


                             Chapter VII

                     ORGANIZATION OF THE SESSION


               A.  Opening and duration of the session

41.  The Commission on Population and Development held its twenty-
ninth session at United Nations Headquarters from 26 February to 1
March 1996.  The Commission held 8 meetings (1st to 8th).

42.  The session was opened by the Under-Secretary-General for
Economic and Social Information and Policy Analysis, who made an
introductory statement.

43.  Introductory statements were also made by the Executive Director
of the United Nations Population Fund and the Director of the
Population Division.


                           B.  Attendance

44.  The session was attended by 39 States members of the Commission.
Observers for other States Members of the United Nations and for non-
member States also attended.  Representatives of specialized
agencies, intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental
organizations also attended.  A list of participants is given in
annex I to the present report.


                      C.  Election of officers

45.  At the 1st, 3rd and 5th meetings, on 26, 27 and 28 February
1996, the Commission elected the following officers by acclamation:

     Chairman:  Andras Klinger (Hungary)

     Vice-Chairmen:  R. L. Cliquet (Belgium)
                     Elza Salvatori Berquo (Brazil)
                     S. B. A. Bullut (Kenya)

     Vice-Chairman-cum-Rapporteur:  Cecile Joaquin-Yasay
(Philippines)


                             D.  Agenda

46.  At the 1st meeting, on 26 February, the Commission adopted the
provisional agenda contained in document E/CN.9/1996/1.  The agenda
was as follows:

     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.


                          E.  Documentation

47.  The documents before the Commission at its twenty-ninth session
are listed in annex II to the present report.


        F.  Consultation with non-governmental organizations

48.  In accordance with rule 76 of the rules of procedure of the
functional commissions of the Economic and Social Council,
representatives of the following non-governmental organizations in
consultative status with the Council made statements in connection
with agenda item 4:

     Category II:  International Women's Health Coalition

     Roster:  Natural Resources Defence Council, Inc.
              Population Institute


                               Annex I

                             ATTENDANCE


                              Members

Bangladesh:  Syed Ahmed

Belgium:  R. L. Cliquet

Brazil:  Jose August Lindgren Alves, Elza Salvatori Berquo,
         Antonio Fernando Cruz e Mello, Lucimar Rodrigues Coser
         Cannon,  Eduardo Paes Saboia

Bulgaria:Mincho Coralsky, Raiko Raichev, Georgi Dimov, Ulyana Micheva

Cameroon:  Jean-Marc Mpay, Moussa Aliou

Canada:  Ruth Archibald, Manya Chadwick, Rosamund Lewis, Claude
         Baillargeon, Marina Laker

China:   Peng Yu, Cong Jun, Zhao Zhipei, Li Yong, Zhang Yang, Wang
         Qun

Colombia: Julio Londono, Clara Ines Vargas de Losada, Jairo Montoya,
          Bibiana Vargas

Cuba:    Pedro Nunez Mosquera, Pedro Luis Pedroso Cuesta, Ana Silvia
         Rodriguez Abascal

Egypt:   Moshira El-Shafie, Nirmin Wafik, Hossam Zaki

El Salvador:  Guillermo A. Melendez

Finland:  Elina Visuri

France:  Michel Oblin, Frederic Wormser, Jacques Veron, Philippe
         Delacroix, Jean-Marc Chataigner

Germany:  Wolfgang Runge, Charlotte Hohn, Christian Helmut Neumann

Hungary:  Andras Klinger

India:  J. C. Pant, Rafiq Zakaria, Mitra Vasisht

Indonesia:  Isslamet Poernomo, M. Slamet Hidayat, Prayono Atiyanto,
            S. Ari Wardhana

Iran (Islamic Republic of):  Hossein Dehghani

Italy:  Antonio Golini, Ginevra Letizia, Paolo Casardi

Jamaica:  Easton Williams

Japan:  Masaki Konishi, Makoto Ato, Hiroyasu Kobayashi, Ken Okaniwa,
        Masaya Otsuka, Satoshi Nakagawa

Kenya:  S. B. A. Bullut, Adam Adawa

Malta:  Joseph Cassar, Walter Balzan, Victor Pace, Joanna Darmanin,
        Elaine Miller

Mexico:  Jose Gomez de Leon, Gerardo Lozano, Norberto Terrazas

Nepal:  Ram Hari Aryal

Netherlands:  Antonie de Jong, A. Papineau Salm, J. Gierveld

Nicaragua:  Mario Castellon

Nigeria:  Chris Ugokwe, Ambrose Ojimba

Pakistan:  Ijaz Ahmad

Peru:  Fernando Guillen, Maria Cristina Lopez Odria, Gaston Ibanez,
       Arturo Jarama, Ana Pena

Philippines:Felipe Mabilangan, Maria Lourdes V. Ramiro Lopez,
        Libran Cabactulan, Cecille Rebong, Marie Cecile Joaquin-
      Yasay, Jimmy Blas, Glenn Corpin

Republic of Korea:  Myung Chul Hahm

Russian Federation:  Lioudmila Erochina

Sudan:  Ahmed Taha Mohamed, Shahira H. A. Wahbi

Syrian Arab Republic:

The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia:

Tunisia:  Slaheddine Abdellah, Abderrazak Azaiez, Wahid Ben Amor

Ukraine:  Mykola I. Borysenko, Volodymyr M. Reshetnyak, Oleksiy I.
Golubov

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern
Ireland:  Mark Mallalieu, John Hobcraft, Anne Grant, Ian Felton

United Republic of Tanzania:  Daudi N. Mwakawago, U. P. Tenende, K.
E. Kamando

United States of America:  Victor Marrero, Richard M. Cornelius,
                           Katherine Millard, Julia Cohen, Barbara
                           Crane,
                           Judith Banister, Bisa Williams-Manigault

Venezuela:


          States Members of the United Nations represented
                            by observers

     Benin, Lesotho, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania,
Turkey, Swaziland, Sweden, Spain


             Non-member States represented by observers

     Holy See, Switzerland


                     United Nations Secretariat

     Department for Economic and Social Information and Policy
Analysis (Population Division and Statistics Division), Economic
Commission for Africa, Economic Commission for Latin America and the
Caribbean, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific,
Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia


                        United Nations bodies

     United Nations Population Fund


                        Specialized agencies

     International Labour Organization, Food and Agriculture
Organization of the United Nations, United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization, World Health Organization,
World Bank, International Monetary Fund


                   Intergovernmental organizations

     International Organization for Migration


                   Non-governmental organizations

     Category II:  International Women's Health Coalition

     Roster:  Natural Resources Defence Council, Inc., Population
Action International, Population Communications International,
Population Institute
                              Annex II

           LIST OF DOCUMENTS BEFORE THE COMMISSION AT ITS
                        TWENTY-NINTH SESSION


Document number      Agenda item  Title or description

E/CN.9/1996/1            2        Provisional agenda

E/CN.9/1996/2            4        Concise report of the Secretary-
                                  General on world population
                                  monitoring, 1996:  reproductive
                                  rights and reproductive health

E/CN.9/1996/3            4        Report of the Secretary-General on
                                  the monitoring of population
                                  programmes

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

E/CN.9/1996/5            4        Report of the Secretary-General on
                                  the activities of
                                  intergovernmental and non-
                                  governmental organizations in the
                                  area of reproductive rights and
                                  reproductive health

E/CN.9/1996/6            4        Report of the Secretary-General on
                                  the flow of financial resources in
                                  international assistance for
                                  population

E/CN.9/1996/7            5 (a)    Report of the Secretary-General on
                                  the progress of work in the field
                                  of population in 1995:  Department
                                  for Economic and Social
                                  Information and Policy Analysis of
                                  the United Nations Secretariat

E/CN.9/1996/8            5 (b)    Note by the Secretary-General on
                                  the programme of work in
                                  population for the biennium 1996-
                                  1997

E/CN.9/1996/L.1          2        Organization of the work of the
                                  session

E/CN.9/1996/L.2          2        Status of documentation for the
                                  session

E/CN.9/1996/L.3          6        Provisional agenda for the
                                  thirtieth session of the
                                  Commission

E/CN.9/1996/L.4          4        Draft resolution submitted by
                                  Italy on behalf of the States
                                  Members of the United Nations that
                                  are members of the European
                                  Community, entitled "Follow-up to
                                  the International Conference on
                                  Population and Development"

E/CN.9/1996/L.5          7        Draft report of the Commission on
                                  its twenty-ninth session

E/CN.9/1996/L.6          5        Draft resolution submitted by
                                  Italy on behalf of the States
                                  Members of the United Nations that
                                  are members of the European
                                  Community, entitled "Work
                                  programme in the field of
                                  population"

E/CN.9/1996/L.7          4        Draft resolution submitted by the
                                  Vice-Chairman of the Commission,
                                  Mr. R. L. Cliquet (Belgium), on
                                  the basis of informal
                                  consultations held on draft
                                  resolution E/CN.9/1996/L.4

E/CN.9/1996/CRP.1        5        Note by the Secretary-General on
                                  the programme of work for the
                                  biennium 1996-1997:  population
                                  (Department for Economic and
                                  Social Information and Policy
                                  Analysis of the United Nations
                                  Secretariat)                     

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