28 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 June 1996
REPORT OF THE ORGANIZATIONAL SESSION OF THE AD HOC COMMITTEE
1. In its resolution 50/160 of 22 December 1995 on the implementation
of the United Nations New Agenda for the Development of Africa in the
1990s, the General Assembly decided, inter alia, to convene an
organizational session of the Ad Hoc Committee of the Whole for the
mid-term review of the implementation of the New Agenda to consider
and adopt the necessary arrangements for its work.
II. ORGANIZATIONAL MATTERS
A. Opening and duration of the session
2. The Ad Hoc Committee held an organizational session, comprising
one meeting, at Headquarters on 20 June 1996.
3. The meeting was opened and chaired by Mr. Alex Reyn, Permanent
Representative of Belgium to the United Nations, in his capacity as
Vice-President of the fiftieth session of the General Assembly.
Following the adoption of the agenda, the Chairperson read a message
from the President of the General Assembly. Mr. Nitin Desai, Under-
Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Sustainable Development,
made a statement. Statements were also made by the Chairman of the
African Group, Mr. Machirenyika Tabias Mapurenga (Zimbabwe), and
Mr. Alberto Colella (Italy) on behalf of the European Union.
4. The following Member States were represented:
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
United Republic of Tanzania
United States of America
5. The following intergovernmental organization participated as an
observer: Organization of African Unity (OAU).
6. The following entities of the United Nations system were
represented: Africa I Division, Department of Political Affairs;
Africa Recovery Unit, Department of Public Information; the United
Nations Non-governmental Liaison Service; Economic Commission for
Africa (ECA); United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); United
Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat); International Labour
Organization (ILO); Food and Agriculture Organization of the United
Nations (FAO); United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization (UNESCO); and International Monetary Fund (IMF).
7. The following non-governmental organization participated as an
observer: Earth Times.
C. Adoption of the agenda
8. The Ad Hoc Committee adopted the following agenda for its
1. Opening of the session.
2. Adoption of the agenda.
3. Opening statements.
4. Election of the Bureau:
(a) Election of the Chairman;
(b) Election of other members of the Bureau.
5. Organization of work.
6. Closing remarks.
D. Election of the Bureau
9. The Ad Hoc Committee elected by acclamation the following
Chairman: Mr. Hisashi OWADA (Japan)
Vice-Chairmen: Mr. Alex REYN (Belgium)
Mr. Denis DANGUE REWAKA (Gabon)
Mr. Samuel R. INSANALLY (Guyana)
10. The Ad Hoc Committee decided to defer the election of Rapporteur
to its forthcoming session in September 1996.
E. Organization of work
11. The Ad Hoc Committee decided to establish the following two
(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
12. The Ad Hoc Committee took note of the documentation that would be
made available for the conduct of the mid-term review. It would
include a report of the Secretary-General, a major component of which
would be submitted by ECA regarding actions taken and progress
achieved by African countries in the implementation of the New Agenda,
and inputs from members of the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force
on African Economic Recovery and Development. The documentation would
also include an assessment and recommendations by OAU on the
implementation of the New Agenda. The Ad Hoc Committee strongly
recommended that the documents be made available in all languages by
31 July 1996.
13. Additional background/information documents would also be made
available to the Ad Hoc Committee on the seminar on the implementation
of the New Agenda, to be held at Tokyo on 27 and 28 August 1996, on
the emerging role of non-governmental organizations in African
sustainable development, and on resource requirements for the full
implementation of the New Agenda.
Participation of non-governmental organizations
14. The Ad Hoc Committee decided to grant maximum participation to
non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the
Economic and Social Council and other non-governmental organizations
that had been contributing to the implementation of the New Agenda, in
conformity with established rules and accepted practices. In
particular, the non-governmental organizations would be allowed to be
present in formal meetings, but would not be engaged in the
negotiating process. The Secretariat would maintain liaison with the
Bureau of the Ad Hoc Committee on that matter.
Date of the mid-term review
15. The Ad Hoc Committee decided to conduct the mid-term review
starting from 16 September 1996. To that end, it decided to recommend
to the General Assembly at its fiftieth session that the Ad Hoc
Committee meet during the Assembly's fifty-first session and, for that
purpose, to recommend that the mandate of the Ad Hoc Committee for the
period set out in paragraph 6 of General Assembly resolution 50/160 be
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