United Nations E/CN.9/2001/1 Economic and Social Council Distr.: General 30 November 2000 Original: English 00-81483 (E)    230101 ````````` Commission on Population and Development Thirty-fourth session 2-6 April 2001 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: (a) Report of the intersessional meeting of the Bureau; (b) Agenda and organization of work. 3. Follow-up actions to the recommendations of the International Conference on Population and Development. 4. General debate on national experience in population matters: population, environment and development. 5. Programme implementation and future programme of work of the Secretariat in the field of population. 6. Provisional agenda for the thirty-fifth session of the Commission. 7. Adoption of the report of the Commission on its thirty-fourth session. 2 E/CN.9/2001/1 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  thirty-third  session,  the Economic  and  Social  Council,  in  its  decision  2000/233,  approved  the  provisional agenda and documentation for the thirty-fourth session of the Commission. At its thirtieth session, the Commission decided to authorize its Bureau to hold intersessional   meetings   in   preparation   for   its   sessions   on   a   yearly   basis.   The Commission has before it the report of the Bureau on its intersessional meeting, held in Nairobi, on 27 and 28 September 2000. Documentation Provisional    agenda    for    the    thirty-fourth    session    of    the    Commission (E/CN.9/2001/1) Note   by   the   Secretariat   on   the   organization   of    work   of   the   session (E/CN.9/2001/L.1) Report  of  the  Bureau  of  the  Commission  on  Population  and  Development  on its intersessional meeting (E/CN.9/2001/CRP.1) 3. Follow-up actions to the recommendations of the International Conference  on Population and Development 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  terms  of  reference  of  the  Commission,1  which  were  endorsed  by  the Economic and Social Council in its resolution 1995/55, the Commission  was called __________________ 1 See Official Records of the Economic and Social Council, 1995, Supplement No. 7 (E/1995/27), annex I, sect. I.A. 3 E/CN.9/2001/1 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  the  Economic  and  Social Council  took  note  of  in  its  decision  1995/236,  the  Commission  called  for  the preparation of annual reports on a selected topic of the Programme of Action.2 In its decision 1999/1, as reaffirmed in decision 2000/1, the Commission decided that the topic for 2001 would be “Population, environment and development”. In its resolution S-21/2 of 2 July 1999, in which it endorsed the key actions for the  further  implementation  of  the  Programme  of  Action,  the  General  Assembly recommended  that  all  relevant  bodies  and  entities  of  the  United  Nations  system should  continue  to  clarify,  within  existing  mechanisms,  their  specific  leadership roles and responsibilities and continue to strengthen their efforts to promote system- wide  coordination  and  collaboration,  especially  at  the  country  level.  It  also  noted that the intergovernmental work of the Commission on Population and Development should be reinforced. In its agreed conclusions 2000/2, the Economic and Social Council invited its functional  commissions  to  consider  possible  options  for  enhancing  the  reviews  of the  major  United  Nations  conferences  and  summits  and  inform  the  Council  for  its consideration  at  its  substantive  session  in  2001  of  the  outcome  of  their  discussion. The  Council  is  of  the  view  that  a  number  of  options,  inter  alia,  those  listed  in paragraph  33  of  the  report  of   the   Secretary-General,3   could  be   considered   for ensuring  an  effective  and  comprehensive  review  at  the  intergovernmental  level  of major United Nations conferences and summits. Particular attention should be given to   the   periodicity   of   conference   reviews.   The   Council   also   indicated   that   the functional  commissions  and  other  intergovernmental  bodies  should,  at  an  early stage,  identify  the  possible  agenda  and  scope  of  the  review  of  the  conference  for which they have primary responsibility. Documentation Report of the Secretary-General entitled “World Population Monitoring, 2000: population, environment and development” (E/CN.9/2001/2) 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.9/2001/3) 4. General debate on national experience in population matters: population, environment and development The Commission has concluded that it would be useful to make provision in its agenda  for  a  general  debate  on  population  matters  relating  to  the  topic  of  the __________________ 2 Ibid., sect. III. 3 Report of the Secretary-General on the assessment of the progress made within the United Nations system, through the conference reviews, in the promotion of an integrated and coordinated implementation of and follow-up to major United Nations conferences and summits in the economic, social and related fields (E/2000/57). 4 E/CN.9/2001/1 Commission’s   focus,   during   which   views   and   national   experiences   could   be exchanged. 5. Programme implementation and future programme of work of the Secretariat in the field of population 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.  The  Commission  reaffirmed  the  work  programme  at  its  twenty-ninth session (Commission resolution 1996/1). At its thirtieth session, the Commission stressed  the  importance  of  continuing the  basic  work  of  the  Population  Division  of  the  United  Nations  Secretariat  on  the crucial  underpinnings  of  population  estimates  and  projections;  basic  population trends  and  issues,  including  fertility,  mortality,  migration  and  patterns  of  rural  and urban population change; the evolution of population policies; and understanding of the links between population and development (Commission resolution 1997/3). The  Economic  and  Social  Council,  in  resolution  1996/2,  proposed  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   United   Nations Secretariat, to be discussed under the agenda item concerning the  work  programme of the Population Division. Documentation Report of the Secretary-General on world demographic trends (E/CN.9/2001/4) Report  of  the  Secretary-General  on  programme  implementation  and  progress of  work  in  the  fields  of  population  in  2000:  Population  Division,  Department  of Economic and Social Affairs (E/CN.9/2001/5) Note   by   the   Secretary-General   on   the   proposed   programme   of   work   in population   for   the   biennium   2002-2003:   Population   Division,   Department   of Economic and Social Affairs (E/CN.9/2001/6) Note by the Secretariat on the proposed programme of  work  for the  biennium 2002-2003:   Population   Division,   Department   of   Economic   and   Social   Affairs (E/CN.9/2001/CRP.2) 5 E/CN.9/2001/1 6. Provisional agenda for the thirty-fifth 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-fifth  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 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 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   requests   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 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-fifth   session   of   the   Commission (E/CN.9/2001/L.2) 6 E/CN.9/2001/1 7. Adoption of the report of the Commission on its thirty-fourth 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.