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E/CN.9/1997/1


Economic and Social Council

 Distr. GENERAL
3 January 1997
ORIGINAL: ENGLISH


COMMISSION ON POPULATION AND DEVELOPMENT
Thirtieth session
24-28 February 1997
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:
     international migration.

5.   Programme questions:

     (a) Programme performance and implementation in 1996;

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

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

7.   Adoption of the report of the Commission on its thirtieth
     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 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-ninth
session, the Economic and Social Council, in its decision
1996/234, approved the provisional agenda and documentation for
the thirtieth 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:
     international migration

     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
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. I.A), 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 1997 is "International migration, with
special emphasis on the linkages between migration and development
and on gender issues and the family"; a report on that topic will
be before the Commission.

     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
     (E/CN.9/1997/2)

     Report of the Secretary-General on the monitoring of
     population programmes (E/CN.9/1997/3)

     Report of the ACC Task Force on Basic Social Services for
     All dealing with the implementation of the Programme of
     Action of the International Conference on Population and
     Development (E/CN.9/1997/4)

     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 (E/CN.9/1997/5)

     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.9/1997/6)

5.   Programme questions

     (a) Programme performance and implementation in 1996

     At its twenty-ninth session, the Commission reaffirmed 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 (see Commission resolution 1996/1).  At
its twenty-eighth session, the Commission 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-ninth session.

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

     At its fifty-first session, the General Assembly adopted
the proposed medium-term plan for the period 1998-2001 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 51/219, sect. I).
Programme 7 (Economic and social information and policy analysis)
of the medium-term plan includes a subprogramme on population (see
A/51/6 (Prog. 7)), which will be made available to the Commission
as a background document.

     The Commission will have before it notes by the
Secretary-General on the programme of work for 1998-1999, drawn up
in accordance with the strategy described in the subprogramme on
population of the medium-term plan for the period 1998-2001.

     Documentation

     Report of the Secretary-General on progress of work in the
     field of population, 1996 (E/CN.9/1997/7)

     Note by the Secretary-General on the proposed programme of
     work in population for the biennium 1998-1999
     (E/CN.9/1997/8)

     Note by the Secretary-General on the proposed programme of
     work for the biennium 1998-1999:  population
     (E/CN.9/1997/CRP.1)

     Report of the Secretary-General on world demographic
     trends, 1997 (E/CN.9/1997/9)

6.   Provisional agenda for the thirty-first 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 thirty-first 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 the Council, in paragraph 1 (j) of its resolution
1982/50 on the revitalization of 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 of
the Assembly on the control and limitation of documentation.

     The attention of the Commission is also drawn to paragraph
4 of the annex to the Council resolution 1982/50, in which the
Secretary-General recommended that (a) the documentation and
programme of work of the subsidiary bodies of the Council and the
Assembly should be streamlined in order to enable the subsidiary
bodies to perform effectively the functions entrusted to them; (b)
the Council and the 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 the 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 take urgent measures to
streamline their agendas 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 Assembly.

     In its decision 1983/163, the Council requested the
Secretary-General (a) 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 (b) 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 thirty-first session of
     the Commission on Population and Development

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