United Nations

E/1998/100


Economic and Social Council

 Distr. GENERAL
16 March 1998
ORIGINAL: ENGLISH


Substantive session of 1998
New York, 6-31 July 1998
Item 1 of the provisional agenda
Adoption of the agenda and other organizational matters


                    Annotated provisional agenda


            The present document contains the provisional agenda for the
substantive session of 1998 in section I and the annotations to the
provisional agenda in section II.


I.  Provisional agenda


         The provisional agenda for the substantive session of 1998 of the
Council has been drawn up on the basis of the list of items approved by the
Council at its organizational session for 1998 (decision 1998/208).


     Provisional agenda for the substantive session of 1998


1. Adoption of the agenda and other organizational matters.


     High-level segment

2. Market access: developments since the Uruguay Round, implications,
opportunities and challenges, in particular for the developing countries
and the least developed among them, in the context of globalization and
liberalization.

     Operational activities of the United Nations for international
     development cooperation segment

3. Operational activities of the United Nations for international development
cooperation:

     (a)   Advancement of women: implementation of the Beijing Platform for
           Action and the role of operational activities in promoting, in
           particular, capacity-building and resource mobilization for
           enhancing the participation of women in development;

     (b)   Follow-up to policy recommendations of the General Assembly;

     (c)   Reports of the Executive Boards of the United Nations Development
           Programme/United Nations Population Fund, the United Nations
           Children's Fund and the World Food Programme.


     Coordination segment

4. Coordination of the policies and activities of the specialized agencies and
other bodies of the United Nations system related to the following theme:
Coordinated follow-up to and implementation of the Vienna Declaration and
Programme of Action.


     Humanitarian affairs segment

5. Special economic, humanitarian and disaster relief assistance.


     General segment

6. Integrated and coordinated implementation of and follow-up to major United
Nations conferences and summits.

7. Coordination, programme and other questions:

     (a)   Reports of coordination bodies;

     (b)   Malaria and diarrhoeal diseases, in particular cholera;

     (c)   Proposed revisions to the medium-term plan for the period
           1998-2001;

     (d)   International cooperation in the field of informatics;

     (e)   Proclamation of an international year of mountains;

     (f)   International Year for the Culture of Peace, 2000.

8. Implementation of General Assembly resolutions 50/227 and 52/12 B.

9. Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to
Colonial Countries and Peoples by the specialized agencies and the
international institutions associated with the United Nations.

10.   Regional cooperation.

11.   Economic and social repercussions of the Israeli occupation on the
living conditions of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian
territory, including Jerusalem, and the Arab population in the occupied Syrian
Golan.

12.   Non-governmental organizations.

13.   Economic and environmental questions:

      (a)   Sustainable development;

      (b)   Natural resources;

      (c)   Energy;

      (d)   International cooperation in tax matters;

      (e)   Public administration and finance;

      (f)   Cartography;

      (g)   Population and development.

14.   Social and human rights questions:

      (a)   Advancement of women;

      (b)   Social development; 

      (c)   Crime prevention and criminal justice;

      (d)   Narcotic drugs;

      (e)   United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees;

      (f)   Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Third Decade to
            Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination;

      (g)   Human rights.


II.  Annotations


1.    Adoption of the agenda and other organizational matters

      At its organizational session for 1998, the Council approved the
provisional agenda for its substantive session (decision 1998/208).

      In accordance with rule 12 of the rules of procedure of the Economic and
Social Council (E/5715/Rev.2), should any proposals be submitted for the
inclusion of supplementary items in the agenda, they will be circulated as
soon as they are received, and a supplementary list of items will be issued as
an addendum to the provisional agenda.


       A.    High-level segment


2.    Market access: developments since the Uruguay Round, implications,
      opportunities and challenges, in particular for the developing countries
      and the least developed among them, in the context of globalization and
      liberalization 

      At its resumed substantive session of 1997, the Economic and Social
Council decided that the high-level segment of the substantive session of 1998
of the Council would be devoted to the consideration of the following theme:
"Market access: developments since the Uruguay Round, implications,
opportunities and challenges, in particular for the developing countries and
the least developed among them, in the context of globalization and
liberalization" (decision 1997/319).

      This theme is also highly relevant to the one-day policy dialogue with
the heads of financial and trade institutions, and should therefore be a main
focus of that dialogue in 1998.

      The Council will have before it, at its high-level segment, the report
of the Secretary-General on the subject.

      The Council will also have before it the World Economic and Social
Survey, 1998, prepared pursuant to General Assembly resolutions 118 (II) and
52/180 and Council resolution 1983/50. Part one of the Survey assesses the
current global economic situation, including a forecast of output,
international trade and other main economic variables in 1998 in the
main regions of the world. It includes an analysis of current trends in global
financial flows, taking account in particular of the "Asian financial crisis"
a year after it began, and recommends ways and means to address the volatility
of financial flows, as requested in Assembly resolution 52/180. In part two,
the Survey examines the prospects for the continuation of and improvement in
the higher growth that has been achieved in the developing and transition
economies in the mid-1990s. It reviews the strengths in the recent
economic performance of these countries, and identifies areas where further
progress must be made. The Survey also includes an extensive statistical annex
of economic, trade and financial indicators.


         Documentation

         Report of the Secretary-General

         World Economic and Social Survey, 1998


     B.    Operational activities of the United Nations for international
           development cooperation segment


3.   Operational activities of the United Nations for international
     development cooperation

     (a)  Advancement of women: implementation of the Beijing Platform for
          Action and the role of operational activities in promoting, in
          particular, capacity-building and resource mobilization for
          enhancing the participation of women in development 

     The high-level meeting of the operational activities segment will be
devoted to the consideration of the theme "Advancement of women:
implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action and the role of operational
activities in promoting, in particular, capacity-building and resource
mobilization for enhancing the participation of women in development"
(decision 1997/319).

     Documentation

     Report of the Secretary-General


     Documentation for information

     Report of the Secretary-General on the implementation of the revised
system-wide medium-term plan for the advancement of women, 1996-2001


     (b)  Follow-up to policy recommendations of the General Assembly

     In accordance with General Assembly resolution 50/120, paragraph 53, the
Council will examine the operational activities of the United Nations system
with a view to ensuring the full implementation of this resolution. In
paragraph 57 of that resolution, the Assembly requested the Secretary-General
to submit to it at its fifty-third session, through the Council, a
comprehensive analysis of the implementation of the resolution in the context
of the triennial policy review, and to make appropriate recommendations.

     At its substantive session of 1997, the Council requested the
Secretary-General, in the context of the preparations of the next triennial
policy review, to report to the Assembly, through the Council, on the
implementation of Assembly resolution 50/120 and Council resolutions 1996/42
and 1997/59, and on the progress made and problems encountered and
to make appropriate recommendations, including recommendations on authority
and decision-making to the field level, establishing a more coordinated
system-wide approach to monitoring and evaluation, and strengthening the
coordination of regional, subregional and field-level activities of the United
Nations system (resolution 1997/59).

     At its fifty-second session, the Assembly reiterated its request to the
Secretary-General to submit to it at its fifty-third session, through the
Council, a comprehensive analysis of the implementation of its resolution
50/120, as well as subsequent relevant decisions and resolutions of the
Assembly and the Council, in the context of the triennial policy review,
and to make appropriate recommendations (resolution 52/203).


     Documentation

     Report of the Secretary-General on the triennial policy review of
operational activities for development undertaken by the United Nations system

     Note by the Secretary-General transmitting the draft revised guidelines
for the review of policies and procedures concerning technical cooperation
among developing countries (E/1997/110)


     (c)  Reports of the Executive Boards of the United Nations Development
          Programme/United Nations Population Fund, the United Nations
          Children's Fund and the World Food Programme

     The Council will have before it the reports of the Executive Boards of
the United Nations Development Programme/United Nations Population Fund, the
United Nations Children's Fund and the World Food Programme, and the report of
the Secretary-General on issues arising from the Executive Boards of United
Nations funds and programmes, including their overall financial picture, as
well as the annual reports of the four funds and programmes.

     At its forty-eighth session, the General Assembly decided, in order to
ensure an effective and efficient interaction between the Assembly, the
Economic and Social Council and the individual Executive Boards, that each
Board would submit an annual report on its programmes and activities to the
Council at its substantive session (resolution 48/162, annex I, para. 29). At
its substantive session of 1994, the Council requested the United Nations
development funds and programmes, through their Executive Boards, to include
in their annual reports to the Council, which should have a common structure:
(a) a section outlining measures taken in the implementation of the provisions
of the triennial policy review of operational activities; and (b) a section on
the activities and measures undertaken within the designated theme for the
high-level meeting of the operational activities segment (resolution 1994/33).

     In accordance with paragraph 11 of annex I to General Assembly resolution
50/227, the Council will also consider the overall financial picture of the
funds and programmes, including the availability of resources, the priorities
and programmes agreed upon in the funds and programmes and the adopted
targets, and will provide further guidance on priorities and make
recommendations thereon to the Assembly and the funds and programmes.

     The Assembly also requested the funds and programmes, in their regular
reporting on the triennial policy review to the Assembly through the Council,
to include in their reports, to the extent possible and in a clearly
identifiable way, actions taken to implement adopted reform measures of the
Secretary-General, including an analysis of the implications of those
reforms for operational activities as well as for inter-agency coordination
(resolution 52/203). In addition, the Assembly requested the Council, within
the same triennial policy review framework, to consider arrangements for
closer integration of the governance oversight of the United Nations
Development Programme/United Nations Population Fund and the United Nations
Children's Fund, with consecutive and/or joint meetings of the existing
Executive Boards of the funds and programmes (resolution 52/12 B).

     At its fiftieth session, the General Assembly decided to review the
composition of the Executive Board of the World Food Programme within two
years after the establishment of the Executive Board, and that the review
would be conducted in parallel by the General Assembly and by the Conference
of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, taking into
account the relevant inputs of the Economic and Social Council and
the Council of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations,
and that its results would enter into force on 1 January 2000 (resolution
50/8).


     Documentation

     Reports of the Executive Board of the United Nations Development
Programme/United Nations Population Fund on its first regular session, its
second regular session and its annual session

     Annual report of the Executive Board of the United Nations Development
Programme/United Nations Population Fund

     Reports of the Executive Board of the United Nations Children's Fund on
its first regular session and its annual session

     Annual report of the Executive Board of the United Nations Children's
Fund

     Report of the Executive Board of the World Food Programme on its 1998
sessions

     Annual report of the Executive Board of the World Food Programme

     Report of the Secretary-General on issues arising from the Executive
Boards of United Nations funds and programmes, including their financial
picture


     C.  Coordination segment


4.  Coordination of the policies and activities of the specialized
    agencies and other bodies of the United Nations system related to the
    following theme: Coordinated follow-up and implementation of the
    Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action

     In accordance with Council decision 1997/319, the Coordination segment
will be devoted to the consideration of the following cross-sectoral theme:
"Coordinated follow-up and implementation of the Vienna Declaration and
Programme of Action".

     In its resolution 1996/78, the Commission on Human Rights recommended
that the Council consider devoting the coordination segment of its substantive
session of 1998 to that question. In its decision 1996/283, the Council
endorsed the recommendation of the Commission on Human Rights. The Assembly,
in its resolutions 51/118 and 52/148, welcomed and supported that decision of
the Council.

     At the coordination segment of the Council of 1995, devoted to
coordinated follow-up by the United Nations system and implementation of the
results of the major international conferences organized by the United Nations
in the economic, social and related fields, the Council decided that it would
ensure the harmonization and coordination of the agendas and work programmes
of the functional commissions by promoting clear division of labour
among them and providing clear policy guidance to them (thirteenth paragraph
of agreed conclusions 1995/1). At its substantive session of 1997, the Council
stressed the need to further promote integrated and coordinated implementation
and follow-up of the major conferences, and reaffirmed the need to continue to
ensure harmonization and coordination of the agenda and work programmes of the
functional commissions (resolution 1997/61).

     For its consideration of this theme, the Council will have before it the
report of the Secretary-General on the subject.

     The Council will also have before it the report of the Commission on
Human Rights on its fifty-fourth session in accordance with Assembly
resolutions 52/97 and 52/98, in which the Assembly invited the Council and the
Commission on Human Rights, at their sessions in 1998, to address the
protection and promotion of the rights and welfare of women migrant workers as
well as trafficking in women and girls in connection with the five-year
review of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action and the commemoration
of the fiftieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


     Documentation

     Report of the Secretary-General


     Documentation for information

     Report of the Commission on Human Rights on its fifty-fourth session


     D.  Humanitarian affairs segment


5.   Special economic, humanitarian and disaster relief assistance

     At its fifty-second session, the General Assembly decided to establish a
humanitarian affairs segment of the Council with effect from 1998 (resolution
52/12 B).

     At its forty-sixth session, the General Assembly requested the emergency
relief coordinator to prepare an annual report for the Secretary-General on
the coordination of humanitarian emergency assistance of the United Nations,
including information on the central emergency revolving fund, to be submitted
to the Assembly through the Council (resolution 46/182, annex, para. 35 (i)).
At its substantive session of 1997, the Council requested that a more
comprehensive report on humanitarian assistance be submitted to it at a
subsequent session (decision 1997/218). At its fifty-second session, the
General Assembly requested the Secretary-General to report to it at its
fifty-third session, through the Council, on the further progress by the
Inter-Agency Standing Committee in the strengthening of the capacity of the
United Nations in humanitarian assistance (resolution 52/168).

     In accordance with Council resolution 1983/46, the Secretary-General
apprises the Council annually on the status of the assistance to the
drought-stricken areas of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, the Sudan and
Uganda.

     At its organizational session for 1998, the Council decided that
practical arrangements for the humanitarian affairs segment, as requested by
the Assembly in its resolution 52/12 B, should be the subject of consideration
by the Council and should be part of the review of its organization and
methods of work, taking into account the experience gained at its 1998
substantive session, and the impact that holding the segment during the
substantive session would have on the effectiveness of the work of the session
as a whole (decision 1998/205) (see also item 8).


     Documentation

     Report of the Secretary-General on the coordination of humanitarian
emergency assistance of the United Nations


     E. General segment


6.  Integrated and coordinated implementation of and follow-up to major
    United Nations conferences and summits

    In accordance with General Assembly resolution 45/264, the Council will
have before it the reports of the Secretary-General on the implementation of
the agreed conclusions of the 1997 coordination segment of the Council on
mainstreaming the gender perspective into all policies and programmes of the
United Nations system and on freshwater, including clean and safe water supply
and sanitation.

     At its substantive session of 1997, the Council requested the
Secretary-General, in cooperation with organizations of the United Nations
system, to submit to it an annual report on the progress achieved by the
United Nations system at the intergovernmental, inter-agency and country
levels, with specific recommendations on ways to enhance the
integrated and coordinated implementation and follow-up of the major United
Nations conferences and summits (resolution 1997/61).


     Documentation

     Report of the Secretary-General on ways to enhance the integrated and
coordinated implementation of and follow-up to major United Nations
conferences and summits

     Report of the Secretary-General on the implementation of the agreed
conclusions of the 1997 coordination segment of the Council on mainstreaming
the gender perspective into all policies and programmes of the United Nations
system

         Report of the Secretary-General on the implementation of the agreed
conclusions of the 1997 coordination segment of the Council on freshwater,
including clean and safe water supply and sanitation


7.  Coordination, programme and other questions

    (a)  Reports of coordination bodies

    The report of the Committee for Programme and Coordination on the first
part of its thirty-eighth session (Headquarters, June-July 1998) will include
the Committee's views on its consideration of the report of the Administrative
Committee on Coordination.

     The Administrative Committee on Coordination will submit an annual
overview report to the Council (Council resolution 13 (III)), which will
provide the Council with a summary of the work carried out by the
Administrative Committee on Coordination machinery in 1997.


     Documentation

     Report of the Committee for Programme and Coordination on the first part
of its thirty-eighth session

     Annual overview report of the Administrative Committee on Coordination
for 1997


     (b)  Malaria and diarrhoeal diseases, in particular cholera

     At its substantive session of 1995, the Council requested the
Secretary-General to submit to it at its substantive session of 1998 the
report of the Director-General of the World Health Organization on the
implementation of the strategies and work plans presented to the Council at
its substantive session of 1995, to be prepared in collaboration with the
other relevant organizations, organs, bodies and programmes of the United
Nations system (resolution 1995/63).


     Documentation

     Note by the Secretary-General transmitting the report of the
Director-General of the World Health Organization


     (c)  Proposed revisions to the medium-term plan for the period 1998-2001

     The Council will have before it the revisions to the medium-term plan for
the period 1998-2001 covering activities in the economic, social and related
fields. The Council will examine the revisions in the light of the
recommendations of the Committee for Programme and Coordination on the matter
(resolution 1988/77).


     Documentation

     Relevant chapters of the proposed revisions to the medium-term plan for
the period 1998-2001

     Report of the Committee for Programme and Coordination on the first part
of its thirty-eighth session


     (d)  International cooperation in the field of informatics

     At its substantive session of 1997, the Council requested the President
of the Council to convene the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Informatics
for one more year for the due fulfilment of the provisions of the Council
resolutions on this item and for facilitating the successful implementation of
the initiatives being taken by the Secretary-General with regard to the use of
information technology, and also requested the Secretary-General to report to
it at its substantive session of 1998 on the follow-up action taken on the
resolution, including the findings of the Working Group (resolution 1997/1).


     Documentation

     Report of the Secretary-General


     (e)  Proclamation of an international year of mountains

     At its substantive session of 1997, the Council requested the
Secretary-General, in consultation with Governments and relevant
international, regional and non-governmental organizations, to submit to it at
its substantive session of 1998, a report on the desirability of proclaiming
an international year of mountains and on other ways and means of ensuring
the sustainable development of mountain countries (resolution 1997/45).


     Documentation

     Report of the Secretary-General


     (f)  International Year for the Culture of Peace, 2000

     As recommended by the Council at its substantive session of 1997, the
General Assembly, in its resolution 52/15, proclaimed the year 2000 as the
International Year for the Culture of Peace. The Council recommended that the
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization be designated
as the focal point for the Year and that it submit to the Council at its
substantive session of 1998 a report on the state of preparations for the
Year to enable the Council to make appropriate proposals to the General
Assembly at its fifty-third session (resolution 1997/47).


8.  Implementation of General Assembly resolutions 50/227 and 52/12 B

    At its resumed substantive session of 1997, the Council decided to
continue its consideration of this item and to continue the review of
subsidiary bodies of the Council as mandated by the General Assembly in
resolution 50/227 and subsequent resolutions, and requested the
Secretary-General to submit a report on this question to the Council for
consideration at its substantive session of 1998 (decision 1997/322).

     At its fifty-second session, the General Assembly invited the Council to
consider, at its organizational and substantive sessions in 1998, the
recommendations of the Secretary-General relating to the reform of its
subsidiary bodies, including a time-frame for implementation of its decisions
thereon, as well as his recommendations relating to the organization and
methods of work of the Council, and to report thereon to the Assembly
as early as possible during its fifty-second session. The Assembly also
invited the Council to conduct a general review of the regional commissions at
its substantive session of 1998 in order to consider the competencies of the
regional commissions and to submit a report thereon to the General Assembly
before the end of its fifty-second session (resolution 52/12 B). At its
organizational session of 1998, the Council decided to consider the review and
reform of the regional commissions under the item entitled "Regional
cooperation", on the understanding that the topic would also be considered in
conjunction with the item entitled "Implementation of General Assembly
resolutions 50/227 and 52/12 B" (decision 1998/201) (see also item 10).

     The Council will also have before it the report of the joint United
Nations/Bretton Woods institutions review as mandated by the General Assembly
in its resolution 50/227, annex I., paragraph 88. The joint United
Nations/Bretton Woods institutions meeting will be held in New York on 18
April 1998.


     Documentation

     Report of the Secretary-General on the implementation of Assembly
resolutions 50/227 and 52/12 B

     Report of the Secretary-General on the joint United Nations/Bretton Woods
institutions review


9.   Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to
Colonial Countries and Peoples by the specialized agencies and the
international institutions associated with the United Nations

     Assistance to the Palestinian people. At its sixty-third session, in
1977, the Council requested the Secretary-General to submit to it annual
reports on the question of assistance to the Palestinian people (resolution
2100 (LXIII)).

     At its fifty-second session, the General Assembly requested the
Secretary-General to submit a report to it at its fifty-third session, through
the Council, on the implementation of Assembly resolution 52/170 on the
subject.

     Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to
Colonial Countries and Peoples by the specialized agencies and the
international institutions associated with the United Nations. At its
substantive session of 1997, the Council requested its President
to continue to maintain close contact with the Chairman of the Special
Committee on the Situation with regard to the Implementation of the
Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples,
and to report thereon to the Council; it requested the Secretary-General to
follow the implementation of the resolution and to report thereon to the
Council at its substantive session of 1998 (resolution 1997/66). At its
fifty-second session, the General Assembly requested the Council to continue
to consider, in consultation with the Special Committee, appropriate measures
for coordination of the policies and activities of the specialized agencies
and other organizations of the United Nations system in implementing the
relevant resolutions of the Assembly (resolution 52/73).


     Documentation

     Report of the Secretary-General on assistance to the Palestinian people

     Report of the President of the Council on consultations held with the
Chairman of the Special Committee on the Situation with regard to the
Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial
Countries and Peoples

     Report of the Secretary-General on the implementation of the Declaration
on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples by the
specialized agencies and the international institutions associated with the
United Nations


10.  Regional cooperation

     The Council will consider the report of the Secretary-General on regional
cooperation and take the necessary action on the decisions and recommendations
of the regional commissions contained therein.

     The Council will also have before it the summaries of the surveys of
regional economic and social conditions prepared by the regional commissions,
highlighting the main problems and prospects of those regions. At its first
regular session of 1979, the Council decided to discontinue the submission to
it of the reports of the regional commissions (decision 1979/1). The reports
are transmitted directly to all Member States. The Secretary-General, in his
annual report on regional cooperation, in addition to reporting on the
meetings of the executive secretaries, highlights developments within each
region and draws the Council's attention to specific issues requiring its
consideration. The report of the Secretary-General will bring to the Council's
attention any decisions or recommendations of the Commissions that statutorily
require approval by the Council. A section of the report will deal with the
question of review and reform of the regional commissions (Council
decision 1998/201) (see also item 8).


     Documentation

     Report of the Secretary-General on regional cooperation

     Summary of the economic survey of Europe, 1997

     Summary of the survey of economic and social conditions in Africa, 1997

     Summary of the survey of economic and social conditions in Asia and the
Pacific, 1998

     Summary of the economic survey of Latin America and the Caribbean, 1997

     Summary of economic and social developments in the region of the Economic
and Social Commission for Western Asia, 1997


11.  Economic and social repercussions of the Israeli occupation on the living
     conditions of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian
     territory, including Jerusalem, and the Arab population in the occupied
     Syrian Golan

     At its substantive session of 1997, the Council requested the
Secretary-General to submit to the General Assembly at its fifty-third
session, through the Economic and Social Council, a report on the
implementation of the resolution and to continue to include, in the report
of the United Nations Special Coordinator in the Occupied Territories, an
update on the living conditions of the Palestinian people, in collaboration
with relevant organizations and agencies of the United Nations (resolution
1997/67). The attention of the Council is drawn to Assembly resolution 52/207
on the subject.


     Documentation

     Report of the Secretary-General


12.  Non-governmental organizations

     Pursuant to its resolutions 3 (II) and 1996/31, the Council will consider
the report of the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations on the work of
its 1998 session (New York, 18-29 May and 22-26 June 1998) and take action on
the recommendations contained therein. The provisional agenda of the 1998
session of the Committee was approved by the Council in its decision 1998/204.
At its substantive session of 1995, the Council decided that the Committee
should meet annually (decision 1995/304). It also decided to increase,
on the basis of equitable geographical representation, the current membership
of the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations and to implement that
decision after the completion of the current review. At its substantive
session of 1997, the Council requested the Committee to present its views on
the enlargement of its membership and decided to take a decision on this
matter in 1998 (resolution 1997/57).


     Documentation

     Report of the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations


13.  Economic and environmental questions

     For the consideration of this item, the Council will have before it the
relevant sections of the document prepared by the Secretariat containing a
consolidation of conclusions and recommendations of subsidiary bodies, in
accordance with Assembly resolution 50/227, annex I, paragraph 68.


     (a)  Sustainable development

     The Council will have before it the report of the Commission on
Sustainable Development on its sixth session (New York, 20 April-1 May 1998).
The provisional agenda for the sixth session of the Commission was approved by
the Council in its resolution 1997/63.

     At its thirty-ninth session, the General Assembly adopted guidelines for
consumer protection (resolution 39/248). At its substantive session of 1997,
the Council requested the Secretary-General to convene an interregional expert
group meeting to elaborate specific recommendations for guidelines for
sustainable consumption patterns for submission to the Council at its
substantive session of 1998 through the Commission on Sustainable Development
at its sixth session. The Council also requested the Secretary-General to
report to the Council at its substantive session of 1998 on the
implementation of the resolution (resolution 1997/53).

     The Council will also have before it the report of the Committee for
Development Planning on the work of its thirty-second session.

     At its fifty-first session, the General Assembly requested the
Secretary-General to prepare a report based on the views of relevant experts
on the development of a vulnerability index for small island developing
States, and requested the Committee for Development Planning, at its
thirty-second session, to formulate its views and recommendations on the
above-mentioned report in order to submit those views to the Assembly at its
fifty-third session, through the Council, and to make this information
available to the Commission on Sustainable Development (resolution 51/183).

     Protection against products harmful to health and the environment. The
question of the exchange of information on banned hazardous chemicals and
unsafe pharmaceutical products has been considered by the General Assembly
since its thirty-fourth session, in 1979 (resolution 34/173). In resolution
39/229, the General Assembly requested the Secretary-General, through the
Council, to inform the Assembly every three years about the implementation of
that resolution and of Assembly resolutions 37/137 and 38/149.
These resolutions form the mandate for the issuance of regular updates of the
Consolidated List of Products Whose Consumption and/or Sale Have Been Banned,
Withdrawn, Severely Restricted or not Approved by Governments. They also
address the need to keep the format of the List under continuing review, in
cooperation with the relevant organizations of the United Nations system, with
a view to its improvement, taking into account its complementary nature, the
experience obtained and the views expressed by Governments. At its
forty-fourth session, the General Assembly requested the Secretary-General, in
the context of the preparation of his next scheduled report on the question,
to make specific suggestions on ways and means of providing technical
cooperation, including through appropriate United Nations organizations, to
countries, in particular developing countries, to create and strengthen their
capacity to utilize the Consolidated List; and to study all the
pending issues, such as sustainable alternatives to banned and severely
restricted products and unregistered pesticides, with a focus on improving the
usefulness of the Consolidated List (Assembly resolution 44/226, sect. II).

     The Council last considered this topic at its substantive session of 1995
(see decision 1995/234).


     Documentation

     Report of the Commission on Sustainable Development on its sixth session
(E/1998/29)

     Report of the Committee for Development Planning on its thirty-second
session (E/1998/34)

     Report of the Secretary-General on the implementation of Council
resolution 1997/53 on consumer protection

     Report of the Secretary-General on the development of a vulnerability
index for small island developing States (A/53/65-E/1998/5)

     Report of the Secretary-General on products harmful to health and the
environment


     (b)  Natural resources

     The Council will consider the report of the Committee on Natural
Resources on its fourth session. The provisional agenda and documentation for
the fourth session */ of the Committee were approved by the Council in its
decision 1996/306.

(*/ The fourth session of the Committee on Natural Resources has been
postponed until further notice.)


    Documentation

    Report of the Committee on Natural Resources on its fourth session */ 

(*/ The fourth session of the Committee on Natural Resources has been
postponed until further notice.)


    (c)  Energy

    The Council will consider the report of the Committee on New and Renewable
Sources of Energy and on Energy for Development on its third session. **/  The
provisional agenda and documentation for the third session of the Committee
were approved by the Council in its decision 1996/304.

(**/ The third session of the Committee on New and Renewable Sources of Energy
and on Energy for Development has been postponed until further notice.)


     Documentation

     Report of the Committee on New and Renewable Sources of Energy and on
Energy for Development on its third session**


     (d)  International cooperation in tax matters

     The Secretary-General reports to the Council on the progress of the work
of the Ad Hoc Group of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters
following each meeting of the Ad Hoc Group of Experts (Council resolution
1980/13). The Council will consider the report of the Secretary-General on the
work of the eighth meeting of the Ad Hoc Group of Experts (Geneva, 15-19
December 1997).


     Documentation

     Report of the Secretary-General on the work of the Ad Hoc Group of
Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters on its eighth meeting


     (e)  Public administration and finance

     At its fiftieth session, the General Assembly recommended that the
Secretary-General take appropriate measures in order to ensure maximum
coordination of activities of the United Nations system in the field of public
administration and development; called upon the Secretary-General to ensure
ways of strengthening the coordination, coherence and harmonization of the
management and implementation of the operational activities of the
United Nations system in this field; and requested him to submit to the
General Assembly at its fifty-third session, through the Council, a report on
the subject containing information on the implementation of the resolution
(resolution 50/225).

     In accordance with Council decision 1997/222, the Council will also have
before it the report of the Secretary-General on the Fourteenth Meeting of
Experts on the United Nations Programme in Public Administration and Finance
(New York, 4-12 May 1998), which will review the progress made in the
implementation of General Assembly resolution 50/225.


     Documentation

     Report of the Secretary-General on public administration and finance

     Report of Secretary-General on the Fourteenth Meeting of Experts on the
United Nations Programme in Public Administration and Finance


     (f)  Cartography

     The Council will consider the report of the Secretary-General on the
Seventh United Nations Conference on the Standardization of Geographical Names
(New York, 12-22 January 1998) (decision 1997/213).


     Documentation

     Report of the Secretary-General on the Seventh United Nations Conference
on the Standardization of Geographical Names


     (g)  Population and development

     The Council will have before it the report of the Commission on
Population and Development on the work of its thirty-first session (New York,
23-27 February 1998). The provisional agenda for the thirty-first session of
the Commission was approved by the Council in its decision 1997/220.


     Documentation

     Report of the Commission on Population and Development on its
thirty-first session (E/1998/25)


14.  Social and human rights questions

     For the consideration of this item, the Council will have before it the
relevant sections of the document prepared by the Secretariat containing a
consolidation of conclusions and recommendations of subsidiary bodies, in
accordance with Assembly resolution 50/227, annex I, paragraph 68.


     (a)  Advancement of women

     Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against
Women (General Assembly resolution 34/180, annex). The Convention entered into
force on 3 September 1981. The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination
against Women was established under article 17 of the Convention for the
purpose of considering the progress made in the implementation of the
Convention. Under article 21 of the Convention, the Committee shall
report annually on its activities to the General Assembly through the Council
and may make suggestions and general recommendations based on the examination
of reports and information received from the States parties to the Convention.

     The Council will also have before it the report of the Commission on the
Status of Women on its forty-second session (New York, 2-13 March 1998). The
provisional agenda for the forty-second session of the Commission was approved
by the Council in its decision 1997/229.

         At its fifty-second session, the General Assembly decided to convene,
in the year 2000, a high-level plenary review to appraise and assess the
progress achieved in the implementation of the Nairobi Forward-looking
Strategies for the Advancement of Women and the Beijing Platform for Action,
and requested the Secretary-General to explore in a report to the General
Assembly at its fifty-second session the possibility, among other
options, of convening the review (a) at the start of the fifty-fifth session
of the Assembly, (b) within the framework of the proposed millennium Assembly,
if agreed upon by the General Assembly, (c) following the annual session of
the Commission on the Status of Women, or (d) as a special session of the
General Assembly. That report has been issued under the symbol A/52/789. The
Assembly decided that the Commission on the Status of Women would serve as the
preparatory committee for the high-level review, and requested the Commission
to consider at its forty-second session the report of the Secretary-General
mentioned above, thus enabling the Assembly, through the Council, to decide on
this issue at its fifty-second session or as soon as possible thereafter
(resolution 52/100).

     In its resolution 52/100, the Assembly requested the Secretary-General to
report annually to the General Assembly, the Commission on the Status of Women
and the Economic and Social Council on follow-up to and implementation of the
Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

     At its substantive session of 1996, the Council endorsed the revised
system-wide medium-term plan for the advancement of women, 1996-2001, and
decided to undertake, in 1998, a comprehensive mid-term review of the
implementation of the revised plan as a basis for future programming and
coordination of activities for the advancement and empowerment of women by the
United Nations system, including a review of the progress made in
mainstreaming a gender perspective in all activities of the United Nations
system.
     It requested the Secretary-General to submit to the Council, through the
Commission at its forty-second session, a progress report on the
implementation of the revised plan (resolution 1996/34).

     The Council will also have before it the report of the Board of Trustees
of the International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of
Women on its eighteenth session (Santo Domingo, 27 April-1 May 1998). The
Institute functions under the authority of a Board of Trustees, which reports
annually to the Council.


     Documentation

     Report of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against
Women

     Report of the Commission on the Status of Women on its forty-second
session (E/1998/27)

     Report of the Secretary-General on the follow-up to the Fourth World
Conference on Women and full implementation of the Beijing Declaration and
Platform for Action

     Report of the Secretary-General on the implementation of the revised
system-wide medium-term plan for the advancement of women, 1996-2001

     Report of the Board of Trustees of the International Research and
Training Institute for the Advancement of Women


     (b)  Social development

     The Council will have before it the report of the Commission for Social
Development on its thirty-sixth session (New York, 10-20 February 1998). The
provisional agenda for the thirty-sixth session of the Commission was approved
by the Council in its decision 1997/230.

     Preparations for the special session of the General Assembly in 2000 for
an overall review and appraisal of the implementation of the outcome of the
World Summit for Social Development. In resolution 50/161, the General
Assembly decided to hold a special session in 2000 for an overall review and
appraisal of the implementation of the outcome of the World Summit for Social
Development. At its fifty-second session, the Assembly decided to establish a
Preparatory Committee, and reaffirmed that the Preparatory Committee would
initiate its substantive activities in 1999 on the basis of input by the
Commission for Social Development and the Economic and Social Council
(resolution 52/25).


     Documentation

     Report of the Commission for Social Development on its thirty-sixth
session (E/1998/26)


     (c)   Crime prevention and criminal justice

     The Council will have before it the report of the Commission on Crime
Prevention and Criminal Justice on its seventh session (Vienna, 21-30 April
1998). The provisional agenda for the seventh session of the Commission was
approved by the Council in its decision 1997/232.

     At its fifty-second session, the General Assembly requested the
Commission, at its seventh session, to finalize the programme for the Tenth
United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of
Offenders and to make final recommendations, through the Economic and Social
Council, to the Assembly (resolution 52/91).

     In its resolution 52/85, the Assembly also requested the Commission to
continue its review of the implementation of the Naples Political Declaration
and Global Action Plan against Organized Transnational Crime as a matter of
high priority and to report through the Council to the General Assembly at its
fifty-third session.


     Documentation

     Report of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice on its
seventh session (E/1998/30)


     (d)  Narcotic drugs

     The Council will have before it the report of the Commission on Narcotic
Drugs on its forty-first session (Vienna, 11-13 March 1998). The provisional
agenda for the forty-first session of the Commission was approved by the
Council in its decision 1997/233.

     Implementation of the United Nations System-Wide Action Plan on Drug
Abuse Control.  At its forty-eighth session, the General Assembly requested
that the System-Wide Action Plan be reviewed and updated on a biennial basis
(resolution 48/112, sect. IV, para. 10).

     Report of the International Narcotics Control Board. In accordance with
article 15, paragraph 1, of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961,
article 18, paragraph 1, of the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances,
and article 23, paragraph 1, of the 1988 United Nations Convention against
Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances, the Board will
report to the Council, through the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, on its work
for 1997.


     Documentation

     Report of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs on its forty-first session
(E/1998/28)

     Report of the Secretary-General on the biennial update of the United
Nations System-Wide Action Plan on Drug Abuse Control

     Summary of the report of the International Narcotics Control Board for
1997


     (e)  United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

     The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reports annually to the
General Assembly through the Council, in conformity with paragraph 11 of the
Statute of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
(Assembly resolution 428 (V), annex).

     At its fifty-first session, in 1971, the Council decided that the report
of the High Commissioner should be transmitted to the General Assembly without
debate, unless the Council decided otherwise, at the specific request of one
or more of its members or of the High Commissioner, at the time of the
adoption of its agenda (resolution 1623 (LI), sect. II).

     At its fifty-second session, the General Assembly requested the
Secretary-General to submit a comprehensive and consolidated report on the
situation of refugees, returnees and displaced persons in Africa to the
General Assembly at its fifty-third session, and to submit an oral report to
the Economic and Social Council at its substantive session of 1998
(resolution 52/101).


     Documentation

     Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees


     (f)  Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Third Decade to
          Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination

     The Council will consider the report of the Secretary-General on the
implementation of the Programme of Action for the Third Decade to Combat
Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003), as requested by the General
Assembly in its resolution 48/91, paragraph 16. In that resolution, the
Assembly proclaimed the Third Decade to Combat Racism and Racial
Discrimination, beginning in 1993, and adopted the Programme of
Action for the Decade contained in the annex to the resolution. The Assembly
entrusted the Council and the Commission on Human Rights, in cooperation with
the Secretary-General, with the responsibility for coordinating the programmes
and evaluating the activities undertaken in connection with the Decade and
requested the Secretary-General to submit each year to the Council a detailed
report on all activities of United Nations bodies and the specialized
agencies, analysing the information received on such activities to combat
racism and racial discrimination.

     The attention of the Council is drawn to General Assembly resolution
52/111.


     Documentation

     Report of the Secretary-General on the implementation of the Programme of
Action for the Third Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination


     (g)  Human rights

     The Council will have before it the report of the Commission on Human
Rights on its fifty-fourth session (Geneva, 16 March-24 April 1998). The
report of the Commission is expected to include its response to the following
resolutions:

     (i)  General Assembly resolution 52/97, in which the Assembly invited the
          Economic and Social Council and the Commission on Human Rights at
          their sessions in 1998 to address the protection and promotion of
          the rights and welfare of women migrant workers in connection with
          the five-year review of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of
          Action and the commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the
          Universal Declaration of Human Rights;

    (ii)  General Assembly resolution 52/98, in which the Assembly invited the
          Economic and Social Council and the Commission on Human Rights, at
          their sessions in 1998, to address trafficking in women and girls in
          connection with the five-year review of the Vienna Declaration and
          Programme of Action and in commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary
          of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;

   (iii)  General Assembly resolution 52/136, in which the Assembly called
          upon the Commission on Human Rights to consider carefully the report
          of the second session of the Intergovernmental Group of Experts to
          elaborate a strategy for the implementation and promotion of the
          right to development, and to continue to make proposals to the
          General Assembly, through the Economic and Social Council, on
          the future course of action on the question;

    (iv)  General Assembly resolution 52/145, in which the Assembly decided to
          keep the situation of human rights in Afghanistan under
          consideration at its fifty-third session, in the light of additional
          elements provided by the Commission on Human Rights and the Economic
          and Social Council.

     The Council will also have before it the general comments of the Human
Rights Committee. The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
(General Assembly resolution 2200 A (XXI), annex) entered into force on 23
March 1976. In accordance with article 45 of the Covenant, the Human Rights
Committee reports annually on its activities to the Assembly through the
Council.

     It will be recalled that, at its organizational session for 1983, the
Council invited the Human Rights Committee to consider the possibility of
rescheduling its meetings so that its report could be submitted to the General
Assembly through the Council (decision 1983/101). At its organizational
session for 1985, the Council agreed to the interim arrangement proposed
by the Human Rights Committee, namely, that the Committee would transmit to
the Council, on a regular basis, the text of the general comments adopted by
the Committee in accordance with article 40, paragraph 4, of the Covenant;
and, without prejudice to further consideration of the present arrangements at
a future session, the Council decided to authorize the Secretary-General to
transmit the annual report of the Human Rights Committee directly to the
Assembly (decision 1985/105).

     The Council will have before it the reports of the Committee on Economic,
Social and Cultural Rights on its sixteenth and seventeenth sessions (Geneva,
28 April-16 May 1997 and 8-12 December 1997). The Committee on Economic,
Social and Cultural Rights was entrusted by the Council, as from 1987, with
overseeing the implementation of the International Covenant on Economic,
Social and Cultural Rights (Council resolution 1985/17). It will be recalled
that the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
(General Assembly resolution 2200 A (XXI), annex) entered into force
on 3 January 1976. Under article 16 of the Covenant, States parties to the
Covenant undertake to submit to the Secretary-General reports on the measures
that they have adopted and on the progress made in achieving the observance of
the rights recognized in the Covenant. The Secretary-General is required to
transmit copies of the reports to the Council for its consideration.

     Committee on the Rights of the Child. At its forty-fourth session, the
General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child (Assembly
resolution 44/25, annex).  In accordance with article 43 of the Convention,
the Committee on the Rights of the Child was established, for the purpose of
examining the progress made by States parties in achieving the realization of
the obligations undertaken in the Convention. In accordance with article 44 of
the Convention, the Committee submits reports on its activities to the
Assembly, through the Council, every two years.

     The Council will also have before it the report of the United Nations
High Commissioner for Human Rights. At its forty-eighth session, the General
Assembly decided to create the post of United Nations High Commissioner for
Human Rights; it also decided, inter alia, that the High Commissioner would be
the United Nations official with principal responsibility for United Nations
human rights activities under the direction and authority of the
Secretary-General. The Assembly requested the High Commissioner to report
annually on his/her activities, in accordance with his/her mandate, to the
Commission on Human Rights and, through the Council, to the Assembly
(resolution 48/141).


     Documentation

     Report of the Commission on Human Rights on its fifty-fourth session
(E/1998/23)

     Report of the Human Rights Committee

     Report of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights on its
sixteenth and seventeenth sessions (E/1998/22)

     Report of the Committee on the Rights of the Child

     Report of the Secretary-General on the implementation of the Vienna
Declaration and Programme of Action (see item 4)

     Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights


     Documentation for information

     Reports submitted by States parties to the International Covenant on
Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and by the specialized agencies

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