19 June 1996
AD HOC COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE OF THE
GENERAL ASSEMBLY FOR THE MID-TERM
REVIEW OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE
UNITED NATIONS NEW AGENDA FOR THE
DEVELOPMENT OF AFRICA IN THE 1990s
New York, 20 and 21 June 1996
1. Opening of the session.
2. Adoption of the agenda.
3. Opening statements.
4. Election of the Bureau:
(a) Election of the Chairperson;
(b) Election of other members of the Bureau.
5. Organization of work.
6. Adoption of the report of the organizational session.
7. Closing remarks.
Election of the Bureau
In paragraph 5 of its resolution 50/160 of 22 December 1995, the
General Assembly decided that the Bureau of the Ad Hoc Committee of
the Whole should be constituted at the highest appropriate level and
composed of a Chairman, three Vice-Chairmen and a Rapporteur.
Organization of work
To conduct the mid-term review of the United Nations New Agenda
for the Development of Africa in the 1990s as requested in resolution
50/160, the Ad Hoc Committee of the Whole should establish the
following working groups:
(a) Working Group I on the assessment of national efforts based
on relevant inputs from African countries;
(b) Working Group II on the response of the international
community, including the United Nations system and the necessary
measures to accelerate and improve the implementation of the New
For the conduct of the mid-term review, the following documents
will be submitted and circulated by 1 August 1996:
(a) A report by the Secretary-General, which will serve as the
basic document for the mid-term review. The report will
include, in particular, the findings by the Economic
Commission for Africa on actions and progress achieved by
African countries in the implementation of the New Agenda
(see resolution 50/160, para. 7). It will also include
relevant inputs from Governments, organizations of the United
Nations system, other intergovernmental organizations and
non-governmental organizations on their efforts towards the
implementation of the New Agenda;
(b) An assessment and recommendations by the Organization of
African Unity on the implementation of the New Agenda (see
para. 46 of the New Agenda).
In addition to the above, the following background/information
documents will be made available to the Ad Hoc Committee:
(a) "Partners in progress: Africa and the international
community - Assessment of the implementation of the
principles of the United Nations New Agenda for the
Development of Africa in the 1990s and the Tokyo Declaration
on African Development";
(b) Outcome of the Seminar on the implementation of the United
Nations New Agenda for the Development of Africa in the
1990s, to be held in Tokyo on 27 and 28 August 1996;
(c) Report on the emerging role of non-governmental organizations
in African sustainable development;
(d) Report on resource requirements for the full implementation
of the New Agenda.
Participation of non-governmental organizations
According to paragraphs 21 and 41 of the New Agenda and
paragraph 6 of General Assembly resolution 50/160, non-governmental
organizations are partners in the implementation of the New Agenda.
The organizational session will have to clarify their form of
participation in the mid-term review.
According to General Assembly resolution 50/160, the Ad Hoc
Committee of the Whole should meet for a period of up to seven working
days in September 1996 and, in principle, prior to the fifty-first
session of the General Assembly.
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