United Nations

Resolution 1995/32

Economic and Social Council

52nd plenary meeting
25 July 1995

 1995/32. Establishment of a working group of the Commission on Human Rights to elaborate a draft declaration in accordance with paragraph 5 of General Assembly resolution 49/214

The Economic and Social Council,

Recalling Commission on Human Rights resolution 1995/32 of 3 March 1995, 1/

Reaffirming its resolution 1296 (XLIV) of 23 May 1968, on arrangements for consultation with non-governmental organizations, in particular its paragraphs 9, 19 and 33,

Recalling the mandate of the Committee on Non-governmental Organizations, especially as contained in paragraph 40 (e) of resolution 1296 (XLIV),

1. Endorses Commission on Human Rights resolution 1995/32 of 3 March 1995;

2. Authorizes the establishment, as a matter of priority and from within existing overall United Nations resources, of an open-ended inter-sessional working group of the Commission on Human Rights, operating in accordance with the procedures established by the Commission in the annex to its resolution 1995/32, with the sole purpose of elaborating a draft declaration, considering the draft United Nations declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples annexed to resolution 1994/45 of 26 August 1994 of the Subcommission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities, 2/ for consideration and adoption by the General Assembly within the International Decade of the World's Indigenous People;

3. Also authorizes the open-ended Working Group to meet for 10 working days at the earliest possible date in 1995;

4. Invites applications from organizations of indigenous people not in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council that are interested in participating in the Working Group;

5. Requests the Coordinator of the Decade, in accordance with the procedures established by the Commission on Human Rights in its resolution 1995/32 and following consultations with the States concerned, and in accordance with Article 71 of the Charter of the United Nations, to forward all applications and information received to the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations;

6. Requests the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations to meet as necessary to examine the applications and, having considered all relevant information, including any views received from the States concerned, to recommend to the Economic and Social Council those organizations of indigenous people which should be authorized to participate in the Working Group, including at its first session in 1995;

7. Decides, on the basis of the recommendations of the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations, to authorize the participation in the work of the Working Group of interested organizations of indigenous people, in accordance with rules 75 and 76 of the rules of procedure of the functional commissions of the Economic and Social Council;

8. Requests the Commission on Human Rights at its fifty-second session to review the progress of the Working Group and to transmit its comments to the Economic and Social Council at its substantive session of 1996;

9. Requests the Secretary-General to provide the necessary services and facilities for the implementation of the present resolution.


1/ See Official Records of the Economic and Social Council, 1975, Supplement No. 3 and corrigenda (E/1995/23 and Corr.1 and 2), chap. II, sect. A.

2/ See E/CN.4/1995/2, chap. II, sect. A.

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