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General Assembly

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  14 September 1995

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Fiftieth session
GENERAL COMMITTEE


ORGANIZATION OF THE FIFTIETH REGULAR SESSION OF THE GENERAL
ASSEMBLY, ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA AND ALLOCATION OF ITEMS

Memorandum by the Secretary-General


CONTENTS

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  I.  INTRODUCTION .........................................1 - 4 2

 II.  ORGANIZATION OF THE SESSION ..........................5 -412

III.  OBSERVATIONS AND PROPOSALS ON THE ORGANIZATION OF
  FUTURE SESSIONS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY...............42 - 4412

 IV.  ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA ...............................45 -4912  

  V.  ALLOCATION OF ITEMS ..................................50 -6228
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I.  INTRODUCTION


1.   The  Secretary-General has  the  honour  to  place before  the  General
Committee, for its  consideration, the following observations and  proposals
in connection with  the report to  be made to  the General  Assembly by  the
General  Committee  regarding  the  organization  of  the  fiftieth  regular
session and future sessions of the Assembly, the adoption of the agenda  and
the allocation of items.

2.  Over the years, the General Assembly has adopted  a number of provisions
aimed at  rationalizing  the procedures  and organization  of the  Assembly.
These provisions are reproduced  in the annexes to the rules of procedure of
the General Assembly (A/520/Rev.15 and Amend.1 and 2, annexes I, II and  IV-
VIII).

3.  The General Committee may wish to draw the General Assembly's  attention
to the provisions in  annexes V, VI, VII and VIII to its rules of procedure,

in  particular  to those  provisions  reproduced  below under  the  relevant
headings.

4.  Furthermore, the  Secretary-General wishes to draw the attention of  the
General  Committee to General  Assembly resolution  48/264 of  29 July 1994,
entitled "Revitalization of  the work of the General Assembly", and to annex
I thereto, entitled "Guidelines on  the rationalization of the agenda of the
General Assembly".  The provisions of the  resolution and the Guidelines are
reflected in the present document under the relevant headings.


II.  ORGANIZATION OF THE SESSION

A.  General Committee

5.    The  Secretary-General  wishes  to  draw  to  the  General Committee's
attention rule  40 of  the rules of  procedure as well  as General  Assembly
decision  34/401  (A/520/Rev.15,  annex  VI,  paras.  1  and  2),   Assembly
resolution 39/88 B (ibid.,  annex VII, para. 4)  and the annex to resolution
45/45 (A/520/Rev.15  and Amend.1,  annex VIII,  para. 3)  pertaining to  the
functions of the Committee.


B.  Rationalization of work

6.   The  Secretary-General wishes  to  draw the  attention of  the  General
Committee  to  General  Assembly resolution  41/213  of  19  December  1986,
whereby the Assembly  decided that the recommendations as agreed upon and as
contained  in  the  report  of  the  Group of  High-level  Intergovernmental
Experts  to  Review  the  Efficiency  of  the  Administrative  and Financial
Functioning of  the  United  Nations     Official  Records  of  the  General
Assembly,  Forty-first  Session, Supplement  No.  49  (A/41/49).  should  be
implemented by the Secretary-General and the  relevant organs and bodies  of
the United Nations.

 7.  In this connection, the Secretary-General wishes  to draw the attention
of the  General Committee  to the measures  undertaken in  pursuance of  the
goal  of renewal and reform, in particular to recommendations  2, 3 and 7 of
the  Group  of High-level  Intergovernmental  Experts,  as reflected  in the
progress  reports of the Secretary-General on the  implementation of General
Assembly  resolution 41/213  (A/42/234, A/43/286,  A/44/222)  as well  as  a
supplementary report  submitted to  the Assembly at its  forty-fifth session
(A/45/226).   The  SecretaryGeneral  also  wishes to  draw  the  Committee's
attention   to  Assembly  resolution   46/232  of   2  March   1992  on  the
revitalization of the  United Nations Secretariat, resolutions 46/235 of  13
April  1992  and  48/162  of  20  December  1993  on  the restructuring  and
revitalization  of the United  Nations in  the economic,  social and related
fields and  resolution 48/264 of  29 July  1994 and  annex I thereto  on the
revitalization of the work of the General Assembly. 

8.  The General Committee may wish to  draw the General Assembly's attention
to paragraph 5 of the annex to  resolution 45/45 (A/520/Rev.15 and  Amend.1,
annex VIII) which reads as follows:

  "5.   The  General Committee  should consider,  at the  beginning of  each
session of the  General Assembly, recommending  that certain Main Committees
should meet in  sequential order, taking  into account  such matters as  the
number of  meetings required  for the  consideration of  the questions  with
which they are charged at that session, the organization of  the work of the
whole session and the problem of participation of smaller delegations."

9.  Furthermore, the Secretary-General  wishes to draw the  attention of the
General  Committee to  the fact  that  measures  introduced to  reduce costs
relating to overtime will be strictly enforced.

C.  Observance of the fiftieth anniversary of the United Nations

10.  The Secretary-General wishes to  draw the General Committee's attention
to General Assembly resolution 48/215 B of 26  May 1994 on the observance of
the fiftieth anniversary of the United  Nations, in particular to  paragraph
1, which reads as follows:

  "1.   Decides to  convene a special  commemorative meeting  of the General
Assembly  on the  occasion of  the fiftieth  anniversary of  the  entry into
force of  the Charter of the  United Nations, to be  held at United  Nations
Headquarters from 22 to 24 October 1995".

11.   The  Secretary-General wishes  also  to  draw the  General Committee's
attention to  the annex  of General Assembly  resolution 49/12 B  of 24  May
1995, whereby the Assembly  adopted a procedure for organizing the order  of
speakers during  the Special  Commemorative Meeting.   Paragraphs  5 (a)  to
(d), 6 and 7 of the annex read as follows:

  "5.  ...

  "(a)   Heads of State  will thus be  accorded first  priority, followed by
vice-presidents, crown princes/princesses,  heads of government, the highest
ranking official of the  Holy See and  Switzerland, as observer States,  and
Palestine,   in   its   capacity    as   observer,   ministers,    permanent
representatives and other observers;

  "(b)   In the event that the level  at which a statement  is to be made is
subsequently changed,  the  speaker will  be  moved  to the  next  available
speaking slot, in the appropriate category at the same meeting;

  "(c)    Participants may  arrange  to  exchange  their  speaking slots  in
accordance with the established practice of the General Assembly;

  "(d)   Speakers who are not present when their speaking turn comes will be
automatically moved  to  the  next  available  speaking  slot  within  their
category.

"6.    In order  to accommodate  all speakers  at the  Special Commemorative
Meeting, statements should be limited to  five minutes, on the understanding
that this will not preclude the circulation of more extensive texts.

"7.   The full text  of all speeches  provided to  the Special Commemorative
Meeting will be subsequently published in a bound book."

Owing to  the  large number  of  participants  addressing the  Meeting,  the
General  Committee may wish  to bring  to the attention of  the Assembly the
absolute necessity of punctuality for the orderly conduct of the meetings.

12.  Bearing in  mind the solemn nature of the Special Commemorative Meeting
and  the serious  time  and technical  services constraints,  it may  not be
possible to accommodate statements in exercise of the  right of reply in the
usual manner. The General Committee may wish  therefore to recommend to  the
General Assembly that, during the Special Commemorative Meeting,  statements
in exercise of the right of reply, if any, may be  made only in written form
to be circulated as documents.


D.  Closing date of the session

13.  In accordance with the provisions of  rule 2 of the rules of procedure,
the General Assembly  should fix  a closing date  for the fiftieth  session.
The General  Committee may wish  to recommend  to the General  Assembly that
the  fiftieth session  should recess  not  later  than Tuesday,  19 December
1995,  and close on Monday, 14 September 1996.   The Committee may also wish
to  recommend to  the Assembly  that all  the Main  Committees should  start
their work as soon as possible  and make every effort to complete their work

by Friday, 1 December 1995.


E.  Schedule of meetings

14.   The General Committee  may wish to  recommend to  the General Assembly
that,  in accordance  with  established practice,  morning  meetings  should
start at  10 a.m. promptly for all plenary meetings and meetings of the Main
Committees during  the fiftieth session.   The  Committee may  also wish  to
recommend to the Assembly that, as  a cost-saving measure, plenary  meetings
and meetings  of the Main Committees, including informals, be adjourned by 6
p.m., and that, with  the exception of the Special Commemorative Meeting, no
meetings be held on  weekends. The Committee  may also wish to recommend  to
the  General Assembly that  this costsaving  measure should  also apply, for
the  remainder of  1995, to  meetings  on the  calendar of  conferences  and
meetings. 

15.  The General Committee  may further wish to recommend that, in order  to
avoid the late  start of  meetings, the  General Assembly  should waive,  in
view of the practice at recent sessions, the requirement of the presence  of
at least  one third  of the members  to declare a  plenary meeting open  and
permit the debate to  proceed and one  quarter of  the members to declare  a
meeting of  a Main Committee open  and permit the debate  to proceed.   This
recommendation would be made on the  understanding that such a  waiver would
not imply any permanent change in the provisions  of rules 67 and 108 of the
rules of procedure  and that the requirement of  the presence of a  majority
of the members for any decision to be taken would be maintained.

16.   Furthermore,  the  General  Committee  may wish  to  recommend to  the
General  Assembly  that  delegations  should   be  reminded  of  the  utmost
importance  of punctuality  in the  interest  of  ensuring an  effective and
orderly  organization  of  work  and  achieving  economies  for  the  United
Nations.


F.  General debate

17.   In  accordance  with recent  practice, the  Secretary-General suggests
that the  general debate should  begin on Monday,  25 September,  and end on
Thursday, 12 October 1995.

18.  The Secretary-General  also suggests that the  list of speakers  in the
general debate should be closed on Wednesday, 27 September, at 6 p.m.

19.    The  General  Committee  may  wish  to draw  the  General  Assembly's
attention to  the  decision taken  by  the  Assembly at  previous  sessions,
namely, that the  practice of expressing  congratulations inside the General
Assembly Hall  after a speech  had been delivered  was prohibited.   In this
connection,  the  Committee may  wish  to  recommend  to  the Assembly  that
speakers in  the general debate, after  delivering their statements,  should
leave  the General  Assembly Hall  through  room  GA-200 located  behind the
podium before returning to their seats.


G.  Explanations of vote, right of reply, points
of order and length of statements      

20.   The  General  Committee  may  wish  to  draw  the  General  Assembly's
attention to  paragraphs 6, 7  and 8 of  its decision 34/401  (A/520/Rev.15,
annex VI), which read as follows:

  "6.  Explanations of vote should be limited to ten minutes.

   "7.   When the  same draft  resolution is considered in  a Main Committee
and in  plenary meeting, a  delegation should, as  far as possible,  explain
its vote  only once, i.e.,  either in the  Committee or  in plenary meeting,

unless that delegation's vote  in plenary meeting is different from its vote
in the Committee.

  "8.  Delegations  should exercise their right of  reply at the  end of the
day  whenever two  meetings have  been scheduled for  that day  and whenever
such meetings are devoted to the consideration of the same item."

21.  The Secretary-General wishes to suggest  that, in line with time-limits
for  explanations of  vote and  the right  of reply,  the  General Committee
recommend to the General Assembly limiting points of order to five minutes.

22.  With a view to streamlining the procedures  of the General Assembly and
as another cost-saving measure,  the General Committee,  in connection  with
the length  of statements,  may wish to  draw the attention  of the  General
Assembly, as it did at recent sessions, to rules 72 and  114 of the rules of
procedure  and paragraph  22 of annex  VI thereto for  appropriate action in
plenary meeting and the Main Committees.


H.  Records of meetings

23.   As at  past sessions,  verbatim records will continue  to be provided,
during  the  fiftieth session,  for  the  plenary  meetings  of the  General
Assembly and meetings  of the First  Committee and  summary records will  be
provided  to the General Committee and the Main  Committees of the Assembly.
In accordance  with  the recommendation  of  the  Special Committee  on  the
Rationalization of the  Procedures and Organization of the General  Assembly
(ibid.,  annex  V,  para.  108  (b)),  the General  Committee  may  wish  to
recommend  that  the  General  Assembly  should  maintain for  the  fiftieth
session  the  practice whereby  the  Special  Political  and  Decolonization
Committee   (Fourth   Committee)   may    obtain,   on   specific   request,
transcriptions of the debates of some of its meetings, or portions  thereof.
These transcriptions,  which would  not be part  of the official  records of
the Committee, would be provided as  the required services became available.
Furthermore, the General Committee may wish  to draw the General  Assembly's
attention to  paragraphs 8 and 9  of its resolution 38/32  E of 25  November
1983, which read as follows:

  "8.  Decides  that the  practice of reproducing  statements in extenso  as
separate documents shall be discontinued for  all its subsidiary organs that
are entitled to summary records;

  "9.   Decides further that any exceptions to this rule  may be made by the
body concerned only if  the statements are to serve as bases for  discussion
and if,  after hearing a statement  of the  relevant financial implications,
the body  decides that one or more statements in extenso  may be included in
the summary  record, or reproduced  as separate documents  or as  annexes to
authorized documents".

 In this connection,  the General  Committee may also  wish to recommend  to
the  General  Assembly  that  the  practice  not  to  reproduce  in  extenso
statements made in  a Main Committee should  be maintained for  the fiftieth
session.


I.  Seating arrangements

24.   In  accordance with  established practice,  the  Secretary-General has
drawn lots for the purpose of choosing the Member State  to occupy the first
desk  on the  General Assembly  floor  from  which the  alphabetical seating
order  will  begin.  The  name  drawn  was  Mozambique.    Consequently, the
delegation of  that country will  sit at the first desk at  the right of the
President and  the other countries will  follow in  the English alphabetical
order.  The same order will be observed in the Main Committees.

J.  Concluding statements

25.   The  General  Committee  may  wish  to  draw  the  General  Assembly's
attention to paragraph  17 of its decision  34/401 (ibid., annex VI),  which
reads as follows:

  "17.   To save  time at  the end  of the  session, the practice  of making
concluding  statements  in the  General  Assembly  and  its Main  Committees
should be dispensed with except for statements by the presiding officers."


K.  Resolutions

26.   The  General  Committee  may  wish  to  draw  the  General  Assembly's
attention to  paragraph 32 of  its decision 34/401  (ibid.), which reads  as
follows:

  "32.   Whenever  possible,  resolutions  requesting the  discussion  of  a
question at  a subsequent  session should  not call  for the inclusion  of a
separate new item  and such discussion should be  held under the item  under
which the resolution was adopted."

27.   The  General Committee  may also  wish to  draw the  attention of  the
General  Assembly  to  recommendation  3  (f)  of  the  Group  of High-level
Intergovernmental Experts, which reads as follows:

  "(f)  Efforts should be made to reduce  the number of resolutions  adopted
by  the  General  Assembly.    Resolutions  should  request  reports  of the
Secretary-General  only  in  cases  where that  would  be  indispensable for
facilitating  the  implementation of  these  resolutions  or  the  continued
examination of the question."

28.   In  this  connection, the  General  Committee  may  wish to  draw  the
attention of the General  Assembly to paragraph 5  of its resolution 48/264,
which reads as follows:

   "5.  Encourages Member States to  exercise restraint in making  proposals
requesting  new  reports  of  the  Secretary-General,  bearing in  mind  the
desirability of reducing the number of such reports".

29.  The General  Committee may further wish  to draw the  attention of  the
General Assembly  to paragraphs 1  and 10 of  the annex  to resolution 45/45
(A/520/Rev.15/Amend.1, annex VIII).


L.  Documentation

30.    The  General Committee  may  wish  to  draw  the  General  Assembly's
attention to paragraph 28 of its  decision 34/401 (A/520/Rev.15, annex  VI),
which reads as follows:

  "28.  The General Assembly, including  its Main Committees, should  merely
take  note of those  reports of  the Secretary-General  or subsidiary organs
which do not require  a decision by the  Assembly and should  neither debate
nor adopt  resolutions on  them, unless specifically  requested to do  so by
the Secretary-General or the organ concerned."

31.  The General Committee may wish to draw to the attention of the  General
Assembly paragraph 6 of its resolution 48/264, which reads as follows:

  "6.  Emphasizes that reports requested  of the Secretary-General should be
made  available in all official  languages in a  timely manner in accordance
with the rules of procedure of the General  Assembly and the annexes thereto
with  a view  to  enabling delegations  to consider  the  substance  of such
reports more thoroughly in advance of meetings".

32.   The  Secretary-General feels  obliged  to  emphasize once  again that,
despite the provisions adopted by the  General Assembly to control and limit
documentation,  the volume  of  pre-session  documentation has  consistently
increased  in recent  years, without  any strengthening  of  resources, thus
contributing to serious delays in the issuance of documentation.


M.  Questions related to the programme budget

33.  The Secretary-General  would like to draw  the attention of the General
Committee to rule 153 of the rules of procedure, which reads as follows:

  "No  resolution involving expenditure shall be recommended  by a committee
for  approval  by  the General  Assembly  unless  it  is  accompanied  by an
estimate of  expenditures prepared by  the Secretary-General.  No resolution
in  respect of which  expenditures are  anticipated by the Secretary-General
shall  be  voted  by  the  General  Assembly  until  the  Administrative and
Budgetary Committee (Fifth Committee) has had  an opportunity of stating the
effect of the proposal upon the budget estimates of the United Nations."

 In this  connection, the  General Committee may  wish to  draw the  General
Assembly's attention to paragraph 12 of  its decision 34/401 (ibid.),  which
reads as follows:

  "12.   It is imperative that Main Committees  should allow sufficient time
for the preparation of  the estimate of expenditures by the Secretariat  and
for  its consideration  by  the  Advisory Committee  on  Administrative  and
Budgetary Questions and  the Fifth Committee and  that they should take this
requirement into account when they adopt their programme of work."

Furthermore, the General  Committee may wish  to draw the  attention of  the
General Assembly  to paragraph  6 of its  resolution 35/10 A  of 3  November
1980, which reads as follows:

  "6.  Decides that all proposals  affecting the schedule of conferences and
meetings made at sessions of the General Assembly  shall be reviewed by  the
Committee  on  Conferences   when  administrative  implications  are   being
considered under the requirements  of rule 153 of the rules of procedure  of
the Assembly."

The  General  Committee  may  also  wish  to  draw  the  General  Assembly's
attention  to  regulation   4.9  of  the  Regulations  Governing   Programme
Planning,   the  Programme  Aspects   of  the   Budget,  the  Monitoring  of
Implementation and  the Methods  of Evaluation  (resolution 37/234,  annex),
which reads as follows:

"Regulation 4.9.  No Council, Commission or other  competent body shall take
a decision  involving either a  change in the  programme budget approved  by
the General  Assembly or the possible  requirement of  expenditure unless it
has received and  taken account  of a report  from the Secretary-General  on
the programme budget implications of the proposal."

34.  The General Committee may  also wish to recall paragraph 13 of decision
34/401 (A/520/Rev.15, annex VI), which reads as follows:

    "13.  Furthermore:

  "(a)   A  mandatory  deadline,  not  later  than  1  December,  should  be
established  for  the  submission  to  the  Fifth  Committee  of  all  draft
resolutions with financial implications;

  "(b)    The  Fifth  Committee  should,  as  a  general  practice, consider
accepting without  debate the recommendations of  the Advisory Committee  on
Administrative  and Budgetary  Questions on  the financial  implications  of
draft  resolutions up  to a  prescribed limit,  namely, $25,000  on any  one
item;

  "(c)   Firm  deadlines  should  be set  for  the early  submission of  the
reports  of  subsidiary  bodies  which require  consideration  by  the Fifth
Committee;

  "(d)  A minimum period of forty-eight hours should be allowed between  the
submission and the  voting of a  proposal involving expenditure in  order to
allow the Secretary-General to prepare and  present the related statement of
administrative and financial implications."

35.   In  connection with  subparagraph  13 (d)  of decision  34/401  quoted
above, experience  has shown that,  depending on the type  and complexity of
the  proposals  involving  changes  in  the  work  programme  and additional
expenditures,  the   preparation  of   a  statement   of  programme   budget
implications by  the Secretary-General may  take a few  days.   In addition,
the Advisory  Committee on  Administrative and  Budgetary Questions and  the
Fifth  Committee  need  adequate   time  to  review   the  programme  budget
implications of a draft resolution before the latter  can be acted on by the
Assembly.

36.   It is thus  desirable that  Member States  submit proposals  involving
statements  of programme  budget  implications sufficiently  in  advance  to
avoid the cancellation of meetings and  the postponement of consideration of
items.


N.  Observances and commemorative meetings

37.   Observances and  commemorative meetings  held in  plenary meeting have
for  the  most part  followed  a  well-defined  pattern.   Considering  past
practice and allowing for the  necessary flexibility, the  General Committee
may  wish to recommend  that, with  the exception of the  anniversary of the
United Nations, the General Assembly should  adopt the following format  for
commemorative meetings:  statements by the President of the General Assembly
and the Secretary-General, statements by the  chairmen of the five  regional
groups and  by the representative of  the host country.   The Committee  may
also wish  to  recommend to  the  Assembly  that, according  to  established
practice, each statement should be limited to 15 minutes.

38.   It is  further suggested  that observances  and commemorative meetings
take place,  as far as possible,  immediately following  the general debate.
The  advantage  of  such  a  procedure  is   that  it  may  facilitate   the
participation of  dignitaries attending the  general debate.  This procedure
would also allow advance planning of the work of the General Assembly.


O.  Special conferences

39.    The  General Committee  may  wish  to  draw  the  General  Assembly's
attention to  recommendation 6 of the  Committee on  Conferences, adopted by
the  Assembly  in  paragraph  (b) of  its  decision 34/405,  which  reads as
follows:

  "(b)   The  Committee, taking  into  account  difficulties encountered  in
ensuring adequate preparation of meetings, including timely distribution  of
documentation, as  well  as the  ability  of  Member States  to  participate
fully,  recommends  that  the  General  Assembly  should instruct  the  Main
Committees  to  review the  number  of  special  conferences  of the  United
Nations  already proposed  and  scheduled  in  their  respective  fields  of
activity  prior  to deciding  upon  the  scheduling  of  new and  additional
special conferences, thus bearing in mind  the relevant portions of  General
Assembly resolution 33/55."
  The  General  Committee may  also  wish  to  draw  the General  Assembly's
attention   to  recommendation   2   (d)   of  the   Group   of   High-level
Intergovernmental Experts, which reads as follows:

  "Until 1978,  a number  of resolutions had  requested that only  one major

conference be  scheduled annually.   The  decision of  the General  Assembly
that no  more than  five special conferences  should take place  in a  given
year and that  no more than one special conference should be convened at the
same time should be strictly implemented."

40.  In this connection,  the General Committee may further wish to draw the
General Assembly's attention to  the relevant provisions of recommendation 4
of the  Group  of  High-level  Intergovernmental  Experts,  which  reads  as
follows:

  "The existing  principle that United Nations  bodies should  meet at their
respective established  headquarters, as  provided for  in General  Assembly
resolution  40/243  of  18  December  1985,  should  be  strictly  enforced.
Whenever the Assembly accepts an invitation from the  Government of a Member
State to  hold a conference or  meeting away  from established headquarters,
the  additional cost  should  be  borne in  full  by that  Government.   The
methods of  budgeting these costs should  be improved so  as to ensure  that
all additional costs are accounted for."


P.  Meetings of subsidiary organs

41.    In  accordance  with  section  1, paragraph  7,  of  General Assembly
resolution 40/243, no subsidiary organ of  the Assembly should be  permitted
to meet  at United  Nations Headquarters  during a  regular  session of  the
Assembly,  unless  explicitly   authorized  by  the   Assembly.     In  this
connection,  the  SecretaryGeneral  wishes to  draw  the  attention  of  the
General Committee to a  letter dated 30 August  1995 (A/50/404) in which the
Chairman  of the  Committee on  Conferences  informed  the President  of the
General  Assembly  that  the  Committee   had  recommended,  on  the  strict
understanding  that meetings would have to be  accommodated within available
facilities  and services,  that the  following subsidiary  organs should  be
authorized to meet during the fiftieth session:

  (a)   Advisory Committee  on the  United Nations  Educational and Training
Programme for Southern Africa;

  (b)  Committee on Relations with the Host Country;

  (c)    Committee  on  the  Exercise  of  the  Inalienable  Rights  of  the
Palestinian People;

  (d)  Executive Board of the United Nations Children's Fund;

  (e)   Preparatory Committee  for the  Fiftieth Anniversary  of the  United
Nations;

  (f)   Working Group  on the  Financing of  the United  Nations Relief  and
Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.
  In this connection, the Secretary-General wishes  to draw to the attention
of  the General Committee resolution  49/252 of 14  September 1995, in which
the  General Assembly,  inter alia,  established the  Open-ended  High-level
Working  Group  on  the  Strengthening  of  the  United  Nations  System and
requested the  Working Group  to commence  its substantive  work during  the
fiftieth session  of the Assembly.   The Assembly  adopted resolution 49/252
on the understanding that its adoption  would require specific exception  to
paragraph 7 of resolution 40/243.


III.  OBSERVATIONS AND PROPOSALS ON THE ORGANIZATION
  OF FUTURE SESSIONS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

42.   The agenda  of the  General Assembly  reflects the  concern of  Member
States with  a myriad  of issues  spanning political,  economic, social  and
financial fields.   The growing complexity of  many global issues and  their
increasingly   interdisciplinary   nature   pose    a   challenge   to   the

Organization's ability to respond swiftly.

43.  The  General Assembly is faced with  many items that require timely and
purposeful consideration, often under stringent deadlines.   It is therefore
imperative  that it  continue to improve  its operating procedures  so as to
organize its work effectively and make optimum use of the time available.

44.  During the past few years, the General Assembly met frequently  between
January and  August.   Most recently,  during its  forty-ninth session,  the
Assembly has met at  least once every month  from January to September, with
the exception of August.  These meetings were not envisaged in the  calendar
of meetings, and therefore  ad hoc arrangements had  to be made  to continue
to  provide  adequate  secretariat   services  at  the   expense  of   other
requirements.   It may be  worthwhile for the  Assembly to  consider whether
the  rationalization  of  Assembly meetings  between January  and  August is
possible to allow advance planning for delegations and the Secretariat.


IV.  ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA

45.  All proposals for the  inclusion of items in the agenda of the fiftieth
session have been communicated to Member States in the following documents:

  (a)  Provisional agenda of the fiftieth session (A/50/150);

  (b)  Supplementary list (A/50/200).

The  items proposed  for  inclusion are  listed in  the draft  agenda, which
appears in paragraph 49 below.

46.   Bearing  in  mind the  need  to  rationalize  the  General  Assembly's
procedures, and in view of  the large number  of items on the draft  agenda,
the SecretaryGeneral  wishes  to recall  the recommendation  of the  Special
Committee on the Rationalization of the  Procedures and Organization of  the
General Assembly  that Member States should  examine the agenda  with a view
to eliminating  items which have  lost their urgency  or relevance,  are not
ripe for consideration or  could be dealt with  and even disposed of equally
well  by  subsidiary  organs  of  the  General  Assembly,  and  to referring
specific items  to other United Nations  organs or  to specialized agencies,
taking  into account  the nature  of  the  question (A/520/Rev.15,  annex V,
paras.  19  and  22; see  also  ibid., annex  VII,  paras. 1  and  2).   The
Secretary-General wishes also to  recall paragraphs 4 and  5 (a) and  (c) of
annex I to resolution 48/264, which read as follows:

"4.  There shall be  periodic reviews of the agenda, taking into account the
views  of concerned  Member States,  in  order  to ascertain  whether it  is
possible to  delete any  item on which  no resolution or  decision has  been
adopted for a period of time.

"5.  The  Main Committees should be encouraged  to continue with the  review
of  their   respective  agendas,  taking   into  account,  inter  alia,  the
following:

  "(a)   Agenda items concerning issues  of closely  related substance could
be merged  within  a single  agenda title  or be  incorporated as  sub-items
where this  is  possible  without  loss of  focus  on the  items/  sub-items
concerned;

  ...

  "(c)  Biennialization  and triennialization of items  on the agenda of the
Main  Committees  could  be  considered  in  accordance  with  the  relevant
resolutions of the General Assembly".

In addition,  bearing in mind  the extremely heavy  workload of the  General
Assembly and the need  to make the most  effective use of  scarce resources,

the Committee may wish  to consider deferring  to a later session items  for
which decisions or  action are not required at the main part  of the present
session.

47.   With regard to item 20  (c) of the draft agenda  (Strengthening of the
coordination of  humanitarian and  disaster relief assistance of  the United
Nations, including  special economic assistance:   International Decade  for
Natural Disaster Reduction),  the Secretary-General wishes  to bring  to the
attention  of the  General Committee  paragraph  10  of Economic  and Social
Council  resolution  1995/47 B  of  27  July 1995,  entitled  "International
Decade  for Natural  Disaster Reduction",  in which  the Council recommended
that the  General Assembly, at its  fiftieth session,  consider the question
of  the International Decade  for Natural  Disaster Reduction  as a separate
sub-item under item 98 (Environment and sustainable development).

48.   In  connection  with  item 157  of the  draft agenda  ("White Helmets"
initiative, participation of volunteers in activities  of the United Nations
in  the   field  of  humanitarian   relief,  rehabilitation  and   technical
cooperation  for  development),   which  was  requested  for  inclusion   by
Argentina  (A/50/144) as a  separate sub-item  of item  20 (Strengthening of
the  coordination  of humanitarian  and  disaster  relief assistance  of the
United  Nations,  including  special  economic  assistance), the  Secretary-
General wishes to  draw the attention of the  General Committee to item  167
(Participation of  volunteers, "White Helmets",  in activities of the United
Nations  in the field  of humanitarian  relief, rehabilitation and technical
cooperation for  development), which  the Economic  and  Social Council,  in
paragraph  6  of its  resolution 1995/44  of 27  July 1995,  recommended for
inclusion as a separate item in the agenda of the fiftieth session.

49.   Subject  to the  recommendations  of  the General  Committee regarding
paragraphs 45 to 48  above, the draft  agenda of the fiftieth session  would
consist  of the  following  items:      Abbreviations  used in  the  present
document:

    (P. ):  item on the provisional agenda (A/50/150);

    (S. ):  item on the supplementary list (A/50/200).

   1.Opening of  the  session  by the  Chairman of  the  delegation of  Cote
d'Ivoire (P.1).

   2.Minute of silent prayer or meditation (P.2).

   3.Credentials of representatives to the fiftieth  session of the  General
Assembly (P.3):
  
    (a)Appointment of the members of the Credentials Committee;

    (b)Report of the Credentials Committee.

    4.  Election of the President of the General Assembly (P.4).

    5.Election of the officers of the Main Committees (P.5).

   6.Election of the Vice-Presidents of the General Assembly (P.6).

   7.Notification by  the Secretary-General under  Article 12, paragraph  2,
of the Charter of the United Nations (P.7).

   8.Adoption  of  the agenda  and organization  of  work:   reports of  the
General Committee (P.8).

   9.  General debate (P.9).

  10.Report  of  the  Secretary-General  on  the  work of  the  Organization
(P.10).    This item remains  also on the  agenda of the forty-ninth session

(decision 49/474 of 23 December 1994).

  11.Report of the Security Council (P.11). 3/

  12.Report of the Economic and Social Council (P.12).

   13.Report of the International Court of Justice (P.13).

  14.Report of the International Atomic Energy Agency (P.14).

  15.  Elections to fill vacancies in principal organs (P.15):

    (a)Election of five non-permanent members of the Security Council;

    (b)Election of eighteen members of the Economic and Social Council.

  16.Elections to fill  vacancies in subsidiary  organs and  other elections
(P.16):

    (a)Election of  twenty-nine  members  of the  Governing Council  of  the
United Nations Environment Programme;

    (b)Election of  twelve members of the  World Food Council;    This  item
remains also on the agenda of the forty-ninth session (see A/49/PV.97).

    (c)Election  of  seven  members  of  the  Committee  for  Programme  and
Coordination.

  17.Appointments  to  fill   vacancies  in  subsidiary  organs  and   other
appointments (P.17):

    (a)Appointment of  members of the  Advisory Committee on  Administrative
and Budgetary Questions;

    (b)Appointment of members of the Committee on Contributions;

    (c)  Appointment of a member of the Board of Auditors;

    (d)Confirmation  of  the  appointment  of  members  of  the  Investments
Committee;

    (e)Appointment  of   members  of  the   United  Nations   Administrative
Tribunal;

    (f)Appointment of members of the Committee on Conferences.

  18.Implementation of the  Declaration on  the Granting of Independence  to
Colonial Countries and Peoples (P.18).

  19.Admission of new Members to the United Nations (P.19).

   20.Strengthening of the coordination of humanitarian and disaster  relief
assistance  of the  United Nations,  including special  economic  assistance
(P.20):   See para. 48.

    (a)Strengthening   of  the   coordination  of   emergency   humanitarian
assistance of the United Nations;

    (b)Special  economic assistance  to individual  countries or  regions;  
This  item  remains also  on  the agenda  of  the forty-ninth  session  (see
A/49/PV.101).

    (c)International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction;   See para. 47.

    (d)Strengthening  of  international  cooperation  and  coordination   of
efforts to  study, mitigate and minimize  the consequences  of the Chernobyl

disaster;

    (e)Emergency   international   assistance   for   peace,  normalcy   and
reconstruction of war-stricken Afghanistan.

  21.University for Peace (P.21).

  22.Return or restitution of cultural property  to the countries of  origin
(P.22).

  23.Restructuring  and  revitalization   of  the  United  Nations  in   the
economic, social and related fields (P.23). 3/

  24.Implementation of the United Nations New  Agenda for the Development of
Africa in the 1990s (P.24).

  25.Cooperation between the United Nations and  the Latin American Economic
System (P.25).

  26.The situation in Burundi (P.26).

  27.Necessity  of ending  the economic,  commercial and  financial  embargo
imposed by the United States of America against Cuba (P.27).

  28.The situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina (P.28). 3/

   29.Commemoration  of  the fiftieth  anniversary  of  the  United  Nations
(P.29).    This item remains  also on the agenda of  the forty-ninth session
(see A/49/PV.105).

  30.Cooperation  between  the  United  Nations  and  the  Organization  for
Security and Cooperation in Europe (P.30).

  31.Cooperation between  the United Nations and  the League  of Arab States
(P.31).

  32.Cooperation  between  the United  Nations and  the Organization  of the
Islamic Conference (P.32).

  33.International  assistance for the rehabilitation  and reconstruction of
Nicaragua:  aftermath of the war and natural disasters (P.33).

  34.United Nations Educational  and Training Programme for Southern  Africa
(P.34).

  35.Question of the Comorian island of Mayotte (P.35).

  36.Commemoration of  the fiftieth  anniversary of  the end  of the  Second
World War (P.36).

  37.Zone of peace and cooperation of the South Atlantic (P.37).

  38.The situation of democracy and human rights in Haiti (P.38). 8/

  39.  Law of the sea (P.39).

  40.Building a  peaceful and  better world  through sport  and the  Olympic
ideal (P.40).

  41.Support  by the United Nations  system of the efforts of Governments to
promote and consolidate new or restored democracies (P.41).

  42.Question of Palestine (P.42). 3/

  43.Cooperation between the  United Nations and the Organization of African
Unity (P.43).

  44.The situation in the Middle East (P.44).

  45.The situation in Central America:   procedures for the establishment of
a firm  and lasting  peace and  progress in  fashioning a  region of  peace,
freedom, democracy and development (P.45).

  46.Assistance in mine clearance (P.46).

   47.Question  of   equitable  representation  on   and  increase  in   the
membership of the Security Council and related matters (P.47). 3/

  48.Question of the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) (P.48).

  49.Report of  the International  Tribunal for the  Prosecution of  Persons
Responsible  for  Serious   Violations  of  International  Humanitarian  Law
Committed in the Territory of the Former Yugoslavia since 1991 (P.49).

  50.Declaration of  the Assembly of  Heads of  State and Government  of the
Organization of  African  Unity on  the  aerial  and naval  military  attack
against the Socialist People's Libyan Arab  Jamahiriya by the present United
States Administration in April 1986 (P.50).

  51.Armed Israeli  aggression against the  Iraqi nuclear installations  and
its grave consequences  for the established international system  concerning
the peaceful  uses  of  nuclear  energy, the  non-proliferation  of  nuclear
weapons and international peace and security (P.51).   This item, which  has
not been  considered by  the General  Assembly at  its forty-ninth  session,
remains on  the  agenda  of that  session (decision  49/474  of 23  December
1994).  Its  inclusion in the  agenda of the fiftieth session  is subject to
any action that the Assembly may take on it at its forty-ninth session.

  52.Launching  of global negotiations on international economic cooperation
for development (P.52). 9/

  53.Implementation of the resolutions of the United Nations (P.53). 9/

  54.The situation  in Afghanistan  and its  implications for  international
peace and security (P.54). 9/

  55.Question of Cyprus (P.55). 9/

  56.Consequences of  the Iraqi occupation  of and aggression against Kuwait
(P.56). 9/

  57.Compliance with arms limitation and disarmament obligation (P.57).

  58.Education and information for disarmament (P.58).

  59.Verification  in all  its aspects,  including  the  role of  the United
Nations in the field of verification (P.59).

  60.Review  of the implementation  of the  Declaration on the Strengthening
of International Security (P.60).

  61.Reduction of military budgets (P.61).

   62.Scientific  and  technological   developments  and  their   impact  on
international security (P.62).

  63.The role  of science  and technology  in the  context of  international
security, disarmament and other related fields (P.63).

  64.Amendment  of   the  Treaty  Banning  Nuclear   Weapon  Tests  in   the
Atmosphere, in Outer Space and under Water (P.64).

  65.Comprehensive text-ban treaty (P.65).

  66.Establishment  of  a nuclear-weapon-free  zone  in  the region  of  the
Middle East (P.66).

  67.Establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in South Asia (P.67).

  68.Conclusion  of  effective  international  arrangements to  assure  non-
nuclear-weapon  States against the use  or threat of  use of nuclear weapons
(P.68).

  69.Prevention of an arms race in outer space (P.69).

  70.General and complete disarmament (P.70).

  (a)Notification of nuclear tests;

    (b)Further measures  in the field of  disarmament for  the prevention of
an arms race on the seabed and the ocean floor and in the subsoil thereof;

    (c)Prohibition of the dumping of radioactive wastes;

    (d)Review  of the  Declaration of  the  1990s  as the  Third Disarmament
Decade;

    (e)Transparency in armaments;

    (f)Step-by-step reduction of the nuclear threat;

    (g)Fourth  special   session  of   the  General   Assembly  devoted   to
disarmament;

  (h)Relationship between disarmament and development;

    (i)Measures to curb the illicit transfer and use of conventional arms;

    (j)Regional disarmament;

    (k)Conventional arms control at the regional and subregional levels;

     (l)Non-proliferation of  weapons of  mass destruction  and of  vehicles
for their delivery in all its aspects.

  71.Review and  implementation of  the Concluding  Document of the  Twelfth
Special Session of the General Assembly (P.71):

    (a)United  Nations   disarmament  fellowship,   training  and   advisory
services;

    (b)Regional confidence-building measures;

    (c)United Nations Regional  Centre for Peace and Disarmament in  Africa,
United Nations  Regional Centre for  Peace and  Disarmament in Asia  and the
Pacific and  United  Nations  Regional  Centre for  Peace,  Disarmament  and
Development in Latin America and the Caribbean;

    (d)Convention on the Prohibition of the Use of Nuclear Weapons.

  72.Review  of the  implementation  of the  recommendations  and  decisions
adopted by the General Assembly at its tenth special session (P.72):

    (a)Report of the Disarmament Commission;

    (b)Report of the Conference on Disarmament;

    (c)Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters;

    (d)United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research;

    (e)Disarmament Week.

  73.  The risk of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East (P.73).

  74.Convention  on Prohibitions  or  Restrictions  on the  Use  of  Certain
Conventional Weapons Which  May Be Deemed to  Be Excessively Injurious or to
Have Indiscriminate Effects (P.74).

  75.Strengthening of security  and cooperation in the Mediterranean  region
(P.75).

  76.Implementation of  the Declaration  of the  Indian Ocean  as a Zone  of
Peace (P.76).

  77.Consolidation  of   the  regime  established  by  the  Treaty  for  the
Prohibition of  Nuclear Weapons in Latin  America and  the Caribbean (Treaty
of Tlatelolco) (P.77).

  78.Final text of a treaty on an African nuclear-weapon-free zone (P.78).

  79.Rationalization  of the  work and  reform of  the agenda  of the  First
Committee (P.79).
    80.Convention  on the  Prohibition of  the Development,  Production  and
Stockpiling of  Bacteriological (Biological) and  Toxin Weapons and on Their
Destruction (P.80).

  81.Maintenance of international security (P.81).

  82.Effects of atomic radiation (P.82).

  83.International cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space (P.83).

  84.United Nations  Relief and Works Agency  for Palestine  Refugees in the
Near East (P.84). 3/

  85.Report  of  the Special  Committee  to  Investigate  Israeli  Practices
Affecting the Human Rights  of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the
Occupied Territories (P.85).

  86.Comprehensive review of the whole question of peace-keeping  operations
in all their aspects (P.86). 3/

  87.Questions relating to information (P.87).

  88.Information   from  Non-Self-Governing  Territories  transmitted  under
Article 73 e of the Charter of the United Nations (P.88).

  89.Activities of foreign  economic and  other interests  which impede  the
implementation  of the  Declaration  on  the  Granting  of  Independence  to
Colonial  Countries and  Peoples in  Territories under  colonial  domination
(P.89).

  90.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 (P.90).

  91.Offers  by  Member  States  of   study  and  training   facilities  for
inhabitants of Non-Self-Governing Territories (P.91).

  92.The situation in the occupied territories of Croatia (P.92).

  93.Question of  the Malagasy islands of  Glorieuses, Juan  de Nova, Europa
and Bassas da India (P.93).

  94.Question of East Timor (P.94).

  95.Question of  the  composition of  the  relevant  organs of  the  United
Nations (P.95).

  96.Macroeconomic policy questions (P.96):

    (a)Financing of development;

    (b)Long-term trends in social and economic development;
      (c)External debt crisis and development.

  97.Sustainable development and international economic cooperation (P.97):

    (a)Trade and development;

    (b)Human settlements;

    (c)United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II);

    (d)Science and technology for development;

    (e)Implementation of the  Programme of  Action for  the Least  Developed
Countries for the 1990s;

    (f)Women in development;

    (g)Human resources development;

    (h)Business and development;

    (i)International  cooperation   for  the  eradication   of  poverty   in
developing countries;

    (j)United Nations initiative on opportunity and participation.

  98.Environment and sustainable development (P.98): 7/

    (a)Implementation  of  decisions  and  recommendations  of  the   United
Nations Conference on Environment and Development;

    (b)Desertification and drought;

    (c)Sustainable use  and conservation  of the marine living  resources of
the high seas;

    (d)Protection of  global climate for present  and future generations  of
mankind;

    (e)Implementation  of  the  outcome  of  the  Global  Conference  on the
Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States.

  99.Operational activities for development (P.99):

    (a)Triennial policy review of operational activities for development  of
the United Nations system;

    (b)Economic and technical cooperation among developing countries.

    100.Training and research:   United Nations Institute  for Training  and
Research (P.100).

     101.Agenda for development (P.101).

    102.Renewal  of the  dialogue  on strengthening  international  economic
cooperation for development through partnership (P.102).

    103.International migration and development,  including the convening of

a  United Nations  conference  on international  migration  and  development
(P.103).

    104.Implementation  of the  Programme  of Action  of  the  International
Conference on Population and Development (P.104).

    105.Elimination of racism and racial discrimination (P.105).

    106.Right of peoples to self-determination (P.106).

  107.Social development, including  questions relating to the world  social
situation and to youth, ageing, disabled persons and the family (P.107).

  108.Crime prevention and criminal justice (P.108).

  109.Advancement of women (P.109).    This item  remains also on the agenda
of the forty-ninth session (see A/49/PV.106).

  110.International drug control (P.110).

  111.Report  of  the   United  Nations  High  Commissioner  for   Refugees,
questions  relating  to refugees  and  displaced  persons  and  humanitarian
questions (P.111).

  112.Promotion and protection of the rights of children (P.112).

  113.Programme of  activities of  the International Decade  of the  World's
Indigenous People (P.113).

  114.Human rights questions (P.114):

    (a)Implementation of human rights instruments;

    (b)Human  rights   questions,  including   alternative  approaches   for
improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms;

    (c)Human  rights  situations and  reports  of  special  rapporteurs  and
representatives;

    (d)Comprehensive  implementation  of   and  follow-up   to  the   Vienna
Declaration and Programme of Action. 3/
    115.Financial reports and  audited financial statements, and reports  of
the Board of Auditors (P.115): 3/

    (a)United Nations Institute for Training and Research;

    (b)Voluntary funds administered by the United Nations High  Commissioner
for Refugees.

  116.Review  of  the   efficiency  of  the  administrative  and   financial
functioning of the United Nations (P.116).

  117.Programme  budget for  the biennium  1994-1995  (P.117).     This item
remains also on the agenda of the forty-ninth session (see A/49/PV.100).

  118.Proposed programme budget for the biennium 1996-1997 (P.118).

  119.Improving the financial situation of the United Nations (P.119). 10/

  120.Joint Inspection Unit (P.120).

  121.Pattern of conferences (P.121).

  122.Scale of  assessments for  the apportionment  of the  expenses of  the
United Nations (P.122). 3/

  123.United Nations common system (P.123).

  124.Financing of the  United Nations  peace-keeping forces  in the  Middle
East (P.124): 8/

  (a)United Nations Disengagement Observer Force;

  (b)United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon.

  125.Financing of the  United Nations Angola Verification Mission  (P.125).
10/

  126.Financing of the  activities arising from Security Council  resolution
687 (1991) (P.126): 8/

  (a)United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission;

  (b)Other activities.

  127.Financing of the United Nations Mission  for the Referendum in Western
Sahara (P.127). 10/

  128.Financing  of the  United  Nations  Observer Mission  in  El  Salvador
(P.128). 8/
    129.Financing   and  liquidation  of  the  United  Nations  Transitional
Authority in Cambodia (P.129). 10/

  130.Financing  of the United  Nations Protection Force, the United Nations
Confidence Restoration Operation  in Croatia, the United Nations  Preventive
Deployment Force and the United  Nations Peace Forces  headquarters (P.130).
10/

  131.Financing of the United Nations Operation in Somalia II (P.131). 10/

  132.Financing  of  the liquidation  of  the  United  Nations Operation  in
Mozambique (P.132).    This item  remains also on the  agenda of the  forty-
ninth session (see A/49/PV.98).

  133.Financing  of  the  United  Nations  Peace-keeping  Force  in   Cyprus
(P.133). 8/

  134.Financing of  the United Nations  Observer Mission in Georgia (P.134).
8/

  135.Financing of the  United Nations Mission  in Haiti  (P.135).      This
item  remains   also  on  the  agenda   of  the   forty-ninth  session  (see
A/49/PV.99).

  136.Financing  of the United Nations Observer Mission  in Liberia (P.136).
8/

  137.Financing  of  the  United  Nations  Assistance  Mission  for   Rwanda
(P.137). 8/

  138.Financing  of  the United  Nations Military  Liaison Team  in Cambodia
(P.138). 8/

  139.Financing  of  the  International  Tribunal  for  the  Prosecution  of
Persons Responsible  for Serious  Violations  of International  Humanitarian
Law  Committed in the Territory of the Former Yugoslavia since 1991 (P.139).
10/

  140.Financing of  the United  Nations Mission of  Observers in  Tajikistan
(P.140). 13/

  141.Administrative and  budgetary aspects of  the financing  of the United

Nations peace-keeping operations (P.141): 10/

    (a)Financing of the United Nations peace-keeping operations;

    (b)Relocation  of  Ukraine to  the group  of  Member States  set out  in
paragraph 3 (c) of General Assembly resolution 43/232.
    142.United  Nations Programme  of  Assistance in  the  Teaching,  Study,
Dissemination and Wider Appreciation of International Law (P.142).

  143.United Nations Decade of International Law (P.143).

  144.Report  of  the  International  Law  Commission  on  the  work  of its
fortyseventh session (P.144).

  145.Establishment of an international criminal court (P.145).

  146.Report of the United Nations Commission  on International Trade Law on
the work of its twenty-eighth session (P.146).

  147.Report of the Committee on Relations with the Host Country (P.147).

  148.Report of  the Special Committee on  the Charter of the United Nations
and on the Strengthening of the Role of the Organization (P.148).

  149.Measures to eliminate international terrorism (P.149).

  150.Consideration of  the draft articles on  the status  of the diplomatic
courier and the  diplomatic bag not accompanied by diplomatic courier and of
the draft optional protocols thereto (P.150).

  151.Review of  the procedure provided for under article 11  of the statute
of the Administrative Tribunal of the United Nations (P.151).

  152.Report  of the Secretary-General  on the  activities of  the Office of
Internal Oversight Services (P.152).

  153.Cooperation  between the  United Nations  and the  Inter-Parliamentary
Union (P.153).

  154.Report  of the International Criminal Tribunal for  the Prosecution of
Persons  Responsible   for  Genocide   and  Other   Serious  Violations   of
International Humanitarian  Law  Committed in  the Territory  of Rwanda  and
Rwandan  Citizens  Responsible  for  Genocide  and  Other  Such   Violations
Committed in  the Territory of Neighbouring  States between 1 January and 31
December 1994 (P.154).

  155.Review of the role of the Trusteeship Council (P.155).

  156.Cooperation between  the United Nations  and the Economic  Cooperation
Organization (P.156).

  157."White Helmets" initiative, participation  of volunteers in activities
of the  United Nations in the  field of  humanitarian relief, rehabilitation
and technical cooperation for development (P.157). 5/

  158.Consideration of the  exceptional situation  of the Republic of  China
on  Taiwan  in  the  international  context,   based  on  the  principle  of
universality  and  in  accordance with  the  established  model  of parallel
representation of divided countries at the United Nations (P.158).

  159.Observer status  for the  Central American  Integration System  in the
General Assembly (P.159).

  160.Multilingualism (P.160).

  161.Cooperation between the  United Nations  and the  Agency for  Cultural

and Technical Cooperation (P.161).

  162.Programme planning (P.162).

  163.Human resources management (P.163).

  164.Financing of the  International Criminal Tribunal for the  Prosecution
of  Persons  Responsible  for  Genocide  and  Other  Serious  Violations  of
International  Humanitarian Law  Committed in  the Territory  of Rwanda  and
Rwandan  Citizens  Responsible  for  Genocide  and  Other  Such   Violations
Committed in  the Territory of Neighbouring  States between 1 January and 31
December 1994 (P.164).

  165.Implementation  of  the  outcome  of  the  World  Summit  for   Social
Development (S.1).

  166.Universal Congress on the Panama Canal (S.2).

  167.Participation of  volunteers, "White  Helmets", in  activities of  the
United Nations  in  the  field of  humanitarian relief,  rehabilitation  and
technical  cooperation   for  development  (Economic   and  Social   Council
resolution 1995/44 of 27 July 1995). 5/

  168.Strengthening of  the United  Nations system (resolution 49/252  of 14
September 1995).

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V.  ALLOCATION OF ITEMS

50.   The allocation  of items  described in paragraph 62  below is based on
the  pattern adopted  by the  General Assembly for  those items  in previous
years.    The  Secretary-General  trusts  that  delegations  will   consider
allotting  items in a manner  which will best  enhance the effectiveness and
the  impact  of the  Assembly's  work.    In  this  connection, the  General
Committee may  wish to draw the General Assembly's attention  to paragraph 4
of its decision 34/401 (A/520/Rev.15, annex VI), which reads as follows:

  "4.  Substantive items  should normally be  discussed initially in a  Main
Committee and,  therefore, items  previously allocated  to plenary  meetings
should  henceforth  be  referred  to  a  Main  Committee  unless  there  are
compelling circumstances  requiring their continued consideration in plenary
meeting."

The  General Committee  may also  wish to  draw the  Assembly's attention to
paragraph 3 of annex I of resolution  48/264.  The Secretary-General  wishes
to draw  the General  Committee's attention  to the  relevant paragraphs  of
resolution 39/88 B  and resolution 45/45 (A/520/Rev.15 and Amend.1,  annexes
VII  and VIII).  Paragraph 5  of the  annex to  resolution 39/88 B  reads as
follows:

  "5.  The Chairmen  of the Main  Committees should take the initiative,  in
the light of past experience, to propose the grouping of similar or  related
items and the holding of a single general debate on them."

Paragraph 6 of the annex to resolution 45/45 reads as follows:

  "6.  In making  recommendations as to how agenda items should be allocated
to the Main Committees and the plenary of the General Assembly, the  General
Committee should ensure the best use of the expertise of the Committees."

In this  connection, the Secretary-General also  wishes to  draw the General
Committee's  attention to  paragraphs 2  and 5  (b) and  (d) of  annex  I of
resolution 48/264, which read as follows:

"2.  Agenda items which are  of a nature that relates  to more than one Main
Committee or which  do not come  within the  purview of  any Main  Committee
should be  considered by  the General  Assembly in  plenary meeting,  taking
into account the recommendations of the General Committee.

  ...

"5.  The Main  Committees should be encouraged  to continue with  the review
of   their  respective  agendas,  taking  into  account,   inter  alia,  the
following:

  ...

  "(b)  Items that  cover related matters or  issues could be  considered in
agreed clusters;

   ...

  "(d)   The  existing  broad  division of  work among  the  Main Committees
should be maintained."

51.   The  following items  of the  draft agenda  have not  been  considered
previously by the General Assembly:

153.Cooperation  between  the  United  Nations  and the  Inter-Parliamentary
Union (P.153).

154.Report of  the International  Criminal Tribunal for  the Prosecution  of
Persons  Responsible   for  Genocide   and  Other   Serious  Violations   of
International Humanitarian  Law Committed  in  the Territory  of Rwanda  and
Rwandan  Citizens  Responsible  for  Genocide  and  Other  Such   Violations
Committed  in the Territory of Neighbouring States between  1 January and 31
December 1994 (P.154).

155.Review of the role of the Trusteeship Council (P.155).

156.Cooperation  between the  United Nations  and the  Economic  Cooperation
Organization (P.156).

158.Consideration of the exceptional situation of  the Republic of China  on
Taiwan in the international context, based  on the principle of universality
and in accordance with the established  model of parallel representation  of
divided countries at the United Nations (P.158).

159.Observer  status for  the  Central American  Integration  System  in the
General Assembly (P.159).

160.Multilingualism (P.160).

161.Cooperation between the United Nations and  the Agency for Cultural  and
Technical Cooperation (P.161).

165.Implementation  of   the  outcome  of   the  World   Summit  for  Social
Development (S.1).

166.Universal Congress on the Panama Canal (S.2).

  168.Strengthening of the United Nations system (resolution 49/252).

The sponsors of the  requests for the inclusion  of the following items have
suggested that they should be allocated as follows:

Item 153 ........................................ Plenary meetings

Item 155 ........................................ Plenary meetings

Item 156 ........................................ Plenary meetings

 Item 158 ........................................ Plenary meetings

Item 159 ........................................ Plenary meetings

Item 160 ........................................ Plenary meetings

Item 161 ........................................ Plenary meetings

Item 165 ........................................ Plenary meetings

Item 166 ........................................ Plenary meetings

It is suggested that  item 154, which  was referred to the General  Assembly
by the Security Council, should be  considered directly in plenary  meeting.
It is also suggested that item 168 should  be considered directly in plenary
meeting.

52.  In connection  with item 12 of the draft agenda (Report of the Economic
and Social  Council), the  Secretary-General proposes  that, as  in previous
years,  the various  parts of  the report  should be  assigned to  the  Main
Committees in  accordance with their respective  fields of  competence or to
plenary meetings,  on the understanding  that administrative, programme  and
budgetary  aspects should  be dealt  with by  the Fifth  Committee.  Bearing
that consideration in  mind, the Secretary-General recommends the  following
allocation for the various  parts of the report:     Official Records of the
General Assembly, Fiftieth Session, Supplement No. 3 (A/50/3).

Chapter I    Matters calling for action by the General
      Assembly  or brought  to its  attention ........Plenary  meetings  and
Second, Third and Fifth Committees

Chapter  II    High-level segment of the Council ...........Plenary meetings
and Second Committee

Chapter III  Coordination of the policies and activities
      of the specialized agencies and other bodies
      of the United Nations system

Section A  Coordinated follow-up by the United Nations
      system and implementation of the major
      international conferences organized by the
      United Nations in the economic, social and
      related   fields   ..............................Second   and    Third
Committees

  Section B  Implementation of the agreed conclusions of
      the 1994 coordination segment of the Council
       relating to (i) science and technology for
      development and (ii) international
      cooperation within the United Nations system
      against the illicit production, sale, demand,
      traffic and distribution of narcotic drugs
      and   psychotropic   substances  .................Second   and   Third
Committees

Chapter IV    Operational activities of the United Nations
      for international development cooperation ...Second Committee

Chapter V    Social, humanitarian and human rights
      questions

  Section A  Special economic, humanitarian and disaster
      relief assistance ...........................Plenary meetings

  Section B  Implementation of the Programme of Action for
      the Third Decade to Combat Racism and Racial
      Discrimination ..............................Third Committee

  Section C  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  ..........Special  Political and
Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee)

  Section D  Human rights questions ......................Third Committee

  Section E  Advancement of women ........................Third Committee

  Section F  Social development questions ................Third Committee

  Section G  Crime prevention and criminal justice .......Third Committee

  Section H  Narcotic drugs ..............................Third Committee

  Section I  United Nations High Commissioner for RefugeesThird Committee

Chapter VI    Economic and environmental questions

  Section A  Sustainable development .....................Second Committee

  Section B  Trade and development .......................Second Committee

  Section C  Food and agricultural development ...........Second Committee

   Section D  Science and technology for development ......Second Committee

  Section E  Implementation of the Programme of Action of
      the International Conference on Population
      and Development .............................Second Committee

  Section F  International migration and development .....Second Committee

  Section G  Human settlements ...........................Second Committee

  Section H  Environment .................................Second Committee

  Section I  Desertification and drought .................Second Committee

  Section J  Transport of dangerous goods ................Second Committee

  Section K  Women in development ........................Second Committee

  Section L  Prevention and control of acquired
      immunodeficiency syndrome ...................Second Committee

  Section M  International Drinking Water Supply and
      Sanitation Decade ...........................Second Committee

  Section N  International Decade for Natural Disaster
      Reduction ...................................Plenary meetings

  Section O  Statistics ..................................Second Committee

  Section P  Energy ......................................Second Committee

Chapter VII  Regional cooperation in the economic, social

      and related fields ..........................Second Committee

Chapter VIII  Permanent sovereignty over national resources
      in the occupied Palestinian and other Arab
      territories .................................Second Committee

Chapter IX      Coordination  questions ......................Second,  Third
and Fifth Committees

Chapter X    Non-governmental organizations ..............Second Committee

Chapter XI    United Nations University ...................Second Committee

Chapter XII  Programme and related questions in the
      economic, social and related fields .........Fifth Committee

Chapter XIII  Elections, nominations and confirmations ....Plenary meetings

 Chapter  XIV     Organizational  and   other  matters   ............Plenary
meetings, Second, Third and Fifth Committees

53.  With  regard to  item 18  of the  draft agenda  (Implementation of  the
Declaration  on the  Granting  of  Independence to  Colonial  Countries  and
Peoples), the  General  Committee may  wish  to  consider referring  to  the
Special  Political and Decolonization  Committee (Fourth Committee) chapters
of the  report  of the  Special  Committee  (A/50/23) relating  to  specific
Territories;  this  would again  enable  the  General  Assembly  to deal  in
plenary meeting with the question of  the implementation of the  Declaration
as a whole.

54.  In  connection with item 20 (c)  of the draft agenda (Strengthening  of
the  coordination of  humanitarian and  disaster  relief assistance  of  the
United  Nations,  including  special  economic  assistance:    International
Decade  for Natural  Disaster Reduction),  the Secretary-General  wishes  to
recall Economic  and  Social Council  resolution  1995/47  B, in  which  the
Council,  inter alia,  recommended that  the General  Assembly consider  the
question  of the International  Decade for  Natural Disaster  Reduction as a
separate sub-item under  item 98 (Environment and sustainable  development),
which is traditionally allocated to the Second Committee.

55.   With regard to  item 48 of the draft agenda  (Question of the Falkland
Islands  (Malvinas)), the  Secretary-General wishes  to remind  the  General
Committee  that  at  previous  sessions  the  General  Assembly  decided  to
consider this  item directly in plenary  meeting, on  the understanding that
bodies and individuals having an interest in the  question would be heard in
the Special  Political and  Decolonization Committee  (Fourth Committee)  in
conjunction with the consideration of the item in plenary meeting.

56.   With regard to item  55 of the  draft agenda (Question of Cyprus), the
General Committee will recall  that at its forty-second session   This  item
has  not  been  discussed  since  the thirty-seventh  session.  the  General
Assembly decided to consider this item directly  in plenary meeting, on  the
understanding that it would, when considering  the item, invite the  Special
Political  and  Decolonization  Committee  (Fourth  Committee)  (the  former
Special   Political  Committee)  to   meet  for  the  purpose  of  affording
representatives of the Cypriot communities an  opportunity to take the floor
in the Committee  in order to  express their  views, and  that the  Assembly
would then  resume its consideration  of the item,  taking into  account the
report of the Committee.

57.   In connection with item 70  of the draft  agenda (General and complete
disarmament), the  Secretary-General wishes  to draw  the  attention of  the
General Committee  to the fact  that some portions  of the  annual report of
the   International  Atomic  Energy   Agency  (A/50/360),  which  is  to  be
considered  directly  in  plenary  meeting  under  item  14,  deal  with the
subject-matter of  this item.   The General Committee may  therefore wish to

recommend that the relevant  paragraphs of the report should be drawn to the
attention  of the First  Committee in  connection with  its consideration of
item 70.

58.   With  regard to  item 107  of the  draft agenda  (Social  development,
including  questions relating to  the world  social situation  and to youth,
ageing,  disabled persons and  the family),  the Secretary-General wishes to
recall paragraphs 3  and 4 of resolution 49/152  of 23 December 1994,  which
read as follows:

  "3.   Decides  to  devote up  to four  plenary  meetings at  its  fiftieth
session  to mark the  tenth anniversary  of International Youth  Year and to
consider, with  a view  to adopting  it, the  world programme of  action for
youth towards the year 2000 and beyond;

  "4.   Invites Member  States to  participate in the plenary  meetings at a
high  political  level  and  requests  the  Secretariat  to  schedule  those
meetings as  close  as  possible  to  24  October 1995  to  facilitate  such
participation".

The  General Committee  may  wish to  recommend  to the  Assembly  that  the
meetings should be held on Thursday and Friday, 26 and 27 October 1995.

59.   In connection  with  item 109  of  the  draft agenda  (Advancement  of
women), the Secretary-General wishes to recall paragraph 16  of the annex to
resolution  39/125  of  14  December  1984  concerning  the  United  Nations
Development Fund for Women, which reads as follows:

  "16.   Taking into account  the advice of  the Consultative Committee, the
Administrator shall  submit to the Governing  Council of  the United Nations
Development Programme  an annual report  on the  operations, management  and
budget of  the Fund.    He  shall submit  a similar  report to  the  General
Assembly, to  be referred to  the Second Committee for  consideration of its
technical cooperation aspects and also to the Third Committee."

The General  Committee  may therefore  wish  to  recommend that  the  report
should be referred to  the Second Committee for consideration under item  99
of the draft agenda (Operational activities for development).

60.    With regard  to  item  114  (b) of  the  draft  agenda (Human  rights
questions:  human  rights  questions, including  alternative  approaches for
improving  the   effective  enjoyment  of   human  rights  and   fundamental
freedoms), the  SecretaryGeneral wishes  to recall  resolution 49/213  of 23
December 1994  whereby the General Assembly, inter alia, decided to mark the
end of  the United  Nations Year  for Tolerance  at a special  commemorative
plenary meeting of its fiftieth session.

61.   In connection  with item  120 of  the draft  agenda (Joint  Inspection
Unit),  the General Committee may wish to recommend to the General Assembly,
as was done at  previous sessions, that the item  should be allocated to the
Fifth  Committee,  on  the  understanding  that  the  reports  of  the Joint
Inspection  Unit  dealing  with  subject-matters  assigned  to  other   Main
Committees would be referred also to those Committees.

 62.   Subject to changes  that may be made by the  General Committee in the
light  of paragraphs 50  to 61  above, the  allocation of  the items  of the
draft agenda, as based on  previous practice, would be the following:    For
the abbreviations used in the allocation of items, see footnote 2.

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Plenary meetings

 1.Opening  of  the session  by  the  Chairman of  the  delegation  of  Cote
d'Ivoire (P.1).

 2.Minute of silent prayer or meditation (P.2).

 3.Credentials of  representatives to  the fiftieth session  of the  General
Assembly (P.3):

  (a)Appointment of the members of the Credentials Committee;

  (b)Report of the Credentials Committee.

 4.  Election of the President of the General Assembly (P.4).

 5.Election of the officers of the Main Committees (P.5).

 6.Election of the Vice-Presidents of the General Assembly (P.6).

 7.Notification  by the Secretary-General under Article 12,  paragraph 2, of
the Charter of the United Nations (P.7).

 8.Adoption of the agenda  and organization of work:  reports of the General
Committee (P.8).

 9.  General debate (P.9).

10.Report of the Secretary-General on the  work of the Organization  (P.10).
3/

11.Report of the Security Council (P.11). 3/

12.Report of the  Economic and Social  Council [chapters  I, II, V  (section
A), VI (section  N), XIII  and XIV] (P.12).     The chapters  of the  report
listed  below  would  be referred  also  to  the  Second,  Third  and  Fifth
Committees, as follows:

  (a)   Chapters  I and  XIV ...........................  Second,  Third and
Fifth
                                                         Committees

  (b)  Chapter II ................................... Second Committee

For further details, see para. 52.

13.Report of the International Court of Justice (P.13).

14.Report of the International Atomic Energy Agency (P.14).   See para. 57.

 15.  Elections to fill vacancies in principal organs (P.15):

  (a)Election of five non-permanent members of the Security Council;

  (b)Election of eighteen members of the Economic and Social Council.

16.Elections  to fill  vacancies in  subsidiary organs  and  other elections
(P.16):

  (a)Election of twenty-nine members of the  Governing Council of the United
Nations Environment Programme;

  (b)Election of twelve members of the World Food Council; 4/

  (c)Election  of  seven  members  of   the  Committee  for   Programme  and

Coordination.

17.Appointments  to   fill  vacancies   in  subsidiary   organs  and   other
appointments (P.17):    For sub-items (a) to  (e), see Fifth Committee, item
33.

  (f)Appointment of members of the Committee on Conferences.

18.Implementation  of the  Declaration on  the Granting  of Independence  to
Colonial Countries and Peoples (P.18).   See para. 53.

19.Admission of new Members to the United Nations (P.19).

20.Strengthening of  the coordination  of humanitarian  and disaster  relief
assistance  of the  United Nations,  including special  economic  assistance
(P.20):

  (a)Strengthening  of the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance
of the United Nations;

  (b)Special economic assistance to individual countries or regions; 6/

  (c)International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction;   See para. 54.

  (d)Strengthening  of international cooperation and coordination of efforts
to study, mitigate and minimize the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster;

  (e)Emergency   international   assistance   for    peace,   normalcy   and
reconstruction of war-stricken Afghanistan.

 21.  University for Peace (P.21).

22.Return  or restitution of  cultural property  to the  countries of origin
(P.22).

23.Restructuring and revitalization  of the United Nations in the  economic,
social and related fields (P.23). 3/

24.Implementation of  the United Nations New  Agenda for  the Development of
Africa in the 1990s (P.24).

25.Cooperation between  the United  Nations and the Latin  American Economic
System (P.25).

26.The situation in Burundi (P.26).

27.Necessity  of  ending the  economic,  commercial  and  financial  embargo
imposed by the United States of America against Cuba (P.27).

28.The situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina (P.28). 3/

29.Commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of  the United Nations (P.29). 
See paras. 10 to 12.  See also footnote 8.

30.Cooperation  between the United Nations and the Organization for Security
and Cooperation in Europe (P.30).

31.Cooperation between  the United  Nations and  the League  of Arab  States
(P.31).

32.Cooperation between  the  United  Nations  and the  Organization  of  the
Islamic Conference (P.32).

33.International  assistance for  the  rehabilitation and  reconstruction of
Nicaragua:  aftermath of the war and natural disasters (P.33).

34.United Nations  Educational and  Training Programme  for Southern  Africa
(P.34).

35.Question of the Comorian island of Mayotte (P.35).

36.Commemoration of the  fiftieth anniversary of the end of the Second World
War (P.36).

37.Zone of peace and cooperation of the South Atlantic (P.37).

38.The situation of democracy and human rights in Haiti (P.38). 8/

39.Law of the sea (P.39).
  40.Building a  peaceful and  better world  through sport  and the  Olympic
ideal (P.40).

41.Support by the  United Nations  system of the  efforts of Governments  to
promote and consolidate new or restored democracies (P.41).

42.Question of Palestine (P.42). 3/

43.Cooperation between the United  Nations and the  Organization of  African
Unity (P.43).

44.The situation in the Middle East (P.44).

45.The  situation in Central America:  procedures for the establishment of a
firm  and  lasting  peace  and progress  in  fashioning a  region  of peace,
freedom, democracy and development (P.45).

46.Assistance in mine clearance (P.46).

47.Question of  equitable representation  on and increase in  the membership
of the Security Council and related matters (P.47). 3/

48.Question of the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) (P.48).   See para. 55.

49.Report of  the  International  Tribunal for  the Prosecution  of  Persons
Responsible   for  Serious  Violations  of  International  Humanitarian  Law
Committed in the Territory of the Former Yugoslavia since 1991 (P.49).

50.Declaration  of the  Assembly of  Heads of  State and  Government  of the
Organization of  African  Unity on  the  aerial  and naval  military  attack
against the Socialist People's Libyan Arab  Jamahiriya by the present United
States Administration in April 1986 (P.50).

51.Armed Israeli aggression  against the Iraqi nuclear installations and its
grave consequences for  the established international system concerning  the
peaceful uses of nuclear  energy, the non-proliferation  of nuclear  weapons
and international peace and security (P.51). 9/

52.Launching of  global negotiations  on international  economic cooperation
for development (P.52). 9/

53.Implementation of the resolutions of the United Nations (P.53). 9/

54.The  situation in  Afghanistan  and its  implications  for  international
peace and security (P.54). 9/

 55.Question of Cyprus (P.55).   See para. 56.  See also footnote 9.

56.Consequences  of the Iraqi  occupation of  and aggression  against Kuwait
(P.56). 9/
First Committee

 1.Compliance with arms limitation and disarmament obligations (P.57).

 2.Education and information for disarmament (P.58).

 3.Verification  in  all its  aspects,  including  the  role  of the  United
Nations in the field of verification (P.59).

 4.Review of the implementation of the  Declaration on the Strengthening  of
International Security (P.60).

 5.Reduction of military budgets (P.61).

 6.Scientific   and   technological  developments   and   their  impact   on
international security (P.62).

 7.The role  of  science and  technology  in  the context  of  international
security, disarmament and other related fields (P.63).

 8.Amendment of the Treaty Banning Nuclear  Weapon Tests in the  Atmosphere,
in Outer Space and under Water (P.64).

 9.Comprehensive test-ban treaty (P.65).

10.Establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in  the region of the  Middle
East (P.66).

11.Establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in South Asia (P.67).

12.Conclusion  of   effective  international  arrangements  to  assure  non-
nuclearweapon States against  the use  or threat of  use of nuclear  weapons
(P.68).

13.Prevention of an arms race in outer space (P.69).

14.General and complete disarmament (P.70):   See para. 57.

  (a)Notification of nuclear tests;

  (b)Further measures in the  field of disarmament for the prevention of  an
arms race on the seabed and the ocean floor and in the subsoil thereof;

  (c)Prohibition of the dumping of radioactive wastes;

  (d)Review  of  the Declaration  of  the  1990s  as  the Third  Disarmament
Decade;

  (e)Transparency in armaments;
    (f)Step-by-step reduction of the nuclear threat;

  (g)Fourth special session of the General Assembly devoted to disarmament;

  (h)Relationship between disarmament and development;

  (i)Measures to curb the illicit transfer and use of conventional arms;

  (j)Regional disarmament;

  (k)Conventional arms control at the regional and subregional levels;

  (l)Non-proliferation of weapons of  mass destruction and  of vehicles  for
their delivery in all its aspects.

15.Review  and implementation  of  the  Concluding Document  of the  Twelfth
Special Session of the General Assembly (P.71):

  (a)United Nations disarmament fellowship, training and advisory services;

  (b)Regional confidence-building measures;

  (c)United  Nations Regional  Centre for  Peace and Disarmament  in Africa,
United Nations Regional  Centre for Peace  and Disarmament  in Asia and  the
Pacific  and United  Nations  Regional  Centre  for Peace,  Disarmament  and
Development in Latin America and the Caribbean;

  (d)Convention on the Prohibition of the Use of Nuclear Weapons.

16.Review  of  the  implementation  of  the  recommendations  and  decisions
adopted by the General Assembly at its tenth special session (P.72):

  (a)Report of the Disarmament Commission;

  (b)Report of the Conference on Disarmament;

  (c)Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters;

  (d)United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research;

  (e)Disarmament Week.

17.The risk of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East (P.73).

18.Convention  on  Prohibitions  or  Restrictions  on  the  Use  of  Certain
Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed  to Be Excessively Injurious  or to
Have Indiscriminate Effects (P.74).

19.Strengthening of  security and  cooperation in  the Mediterranean  region
(P.75).

 20.Implementation  of the  Declaration of  the Indian  Ocean  as a  Zone of
Peace (P.76).

21.Consolidation  of   the  regime   established  by  the  Treaty   for  the
Prohibition of  Nuclear Weapons in Latin  America and  the Caribbean (Treaty
of Tlatelolco) (P.77).

22.Final text of a treaty on an African nuclear-weapon-free zone (P.78).

23.Rationalization  of  the  work  and reform  of  the agenda  of  the First
Committee (P.79).

24.Convention  on  the  Prohibition  of  the  Development,  Production   and
Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological)  and Toxin Weapons  and on Their
Destruction (P.80).

25.Maintenance of international security (P.81).
Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee)

 1.Effects of atomic radiation (P.82).

 2.International cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space (P.83).

 3.United Nations  Relief and  Works Agency  for Palestine  Refugees in  the
Near East (P.84). 3/

 4.Report  of  the  Special  Committee  to  Investigate  Israeli   Practices
Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People  and Other Arabs of the
Occupied Territories (P.85).

 5.Comprehensive review  of the whole  question of peace-keeping  operations
in all their aspects (P.86). 3/

 6.Questions relating to information (P.87).

 7.Information   from   Non-Self-Governing  Territories   transmitted  under
Article 73 e of the Charter of the United Nations (P.88).

 8.Activities  of  foreign economic  and other  interests  which impede  the
implementation  of  the  Declaration  on  the  Granting of  Independence  to
Colonial  Countries and  Peoples in  Territories under  colonial  domination
(P.89).

 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 (P.90).

10.Report  of  the Economic  and  Social  Council  [chapter  V (section  C)]
(P.12).   For further details, see para. 52.

11.Offers by Member States of study  and training facilities for inhabitants
of Non-Self-Governing Territories (P.91).

12.The situation in the occupied territories of Croatia (P.92).

13.Question of the Malagasy islands  of Glorieuses, Juan de Nova, Europa and
Bassas da India (P.93).

14.Question of East Timor (P.94).

15.Question of the composition  of the relevant organs of the United Nations
(P.95).

 16.Implementation  of the Declaration  on the  Granting of  Independence to
Colonial Countries and Peoples (P.18).   See para. 53.
Second Committee

 1.Report  of  the  Economic  and  Social  Council  [chapters  I  to  IV, VI
(sections A to  M, O and P), VII  to XI and XIV] (P.12).    The chapters  of
the report listed  below would be referred also  to plenary meetings and  to
the Third and Fifth Committees, as follows:

  (a)   Chapters I  and XIV  ........................  Plenary meetings  and
Third
                                                      and Fifth Committees

  (b)  Chapter II ................................ Plenary meetings

  (c)  Chapter III ............................... Third Committee

  (d)     Chapter   IX  ................................   Third  and  Fifth
Committees

For further details, see para. 52.

 2.Macroeconomic policy questions (P.96):

  (a)Financing of development;

  (b)Long-term trends in social and economic development;

  (c)External debt crisis and development.

 3.Sustainable development and international economic cooperation (P.97):

  (a)Trade and development;

  (b)Human settlements;

  (c)United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II);

  (d)Science and technology for development;

  (e)Implementation  of  the Programme  of  Action  for the  Least Developed

Countries for the 1990s;

  (f)Women in development;

  (g)Human resources development;

  (h)Business and development;

  (i)International cooperation for the eradication of poverty in  developing
countries;

  (j)United Nations initiative on opportunity and participation.

  4.Environment and sustainable development (P.98):   See para. 54.

  (a)Implementation of decisions  and recommendations of the United  Nations
Conference on Environment and Development;

  (b)Desertification and drought;

  (c)Sustainable use and conservation of the  marine living resources of the
high seas;

  (d)Protection of  global  climate for  present and  future generations  of
mankind;

  (e)Implementation  of  the  outcome  of  the  Global  Conference  on   the
Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States.

 5.Operational activities for development (P.99):   See para. 59.

  (a)Triennial policy  review of operational  activities for development  of
the United Nations system;

  (b)Economic and technical cooperation among developing countries.

 6.Training  and  research:    United Nations  Institute  for  Training  and
Research (P.100).

 7.Agenda for development (P.101).

 8.Renewal  of   the  dialogue  on   strengthening  international   economic
cooperation for development through partnership (P.102).

 9.International migration  and development,  including the  convening of  a
United   Nations  conference  on  international  migration  and  development
(P.103).

10.Implementation  of   the  Programme  of   Action  of  the   International
Conference on Population and Development (P.104).
Third Committee

 1.Report of  the Economic and Social Council [chapters I,  III, V (sections
B, D to I),  IX and XIV] (P.12).    The chapters of the report listed  below
would be  referred also  to plenary  meetings and  to the  Second and  Fifth
Committees, as follows:

  (a)   Chapters  I  and XIV  .......................  Plenary  meetings and
Second
                                                     and Fifth Committees

  (b)  Chapter III .............................. Second Committee

  (c)     Chapter   IX  ...............................   Second  and  Fifth
Committees

For further details, see para. 52.

 2.Elimination of racism and racial discrimination (P.105).

 3.Right of peoples to self-determination (P.106).

 4.Social  development, including  questions relating  to the  world  social
situation and to  youth, ageing, disabled persons  and the family  (P.107). 
See para. 58.

 5.Crime prevention and criminal justice (P.108).

 6.Advancement of women (P.109).   See para. 59.  See also footnote 10.

 7.International drug control (P.110).

 8.Report of the  United Nations High  Commissioner for  Refugees, questions
relating  to  refugees and  displaced  persons  and  humanitarian  questions
(P.111).

 9.Promotion and protection of the rights of children (P.112).

10.Programme  of activities  of  the  International Decade  of  the  World's
Indigenous People (P.113).

11.Human rights questions (P.114):

  (a)Implementation of human rights instruments;

   (b)Human   rights   questions,   including  alternative   approaches  for
improving the effective enjoyment of human rights  and fundamental freedoms;
 See para. 60.

  (c)Human  rights  situations  and  reports  of  special  rapporteurs   and
representatives;

  (d)Comprehensive   implementation  of   and   follow-up  to   the   Vienna
Declaration and Programme of Action. 3/
Fifth Committee

 1.Financial reports  and audited financial statements,  and reports of  the
Board of Auditors (P.115): 3/

  (a)United Nations Institute for Training and Research;

  (b)Voluntary funds  administered by the  United Nations High  Commissioner
for Refugees.

 2.Review of the efficiency of the administrative  and financial functioning
of the United Nations (P.116).

 3.Programme budget for the biennium 1994-1995 (P.117). 11/

 4.Proposed programme budget for the biennium 1996-1997 (P.118).

 5.Improving the financial situation of the United Nations (P.119). 10/

 6.Joint Inspection Unit (P.120).   See para. 61.

 7.Pattern of conferences (P.121).

 8.Scale of assessments for the  apportionment of the expenses of the United
Nations (P.122). 3/

 9.United Nations common system (P.123).

10.Financing of the United Nations peace-keeping  forces in the Middle  East
(P.124): 8/

  (a)United Nations Disengagement Observer Force;

  (b)United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon.

11.Financing of the United Nations Angola Verification Mission (P.125). 10/

12.Financing  of the activities arising from Security Council resolution 687
(1991) (P.126): 8/

  (a)United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission;

  (b)Other activities.

13.Financing  of the United  Nations Mission  for the  Referendum in Western
Sahara (P.127). 10/

14.Financing of the United Nations Observer  Mission in El Salvador (P.128).
8/

 15.Financing and liquidation  of the United Nations Transitional  Authority
in Cambodia (P.129). 10/

16.Financing of  the United  Nations Protection  Force,  the United  Nations
Confidence-Restoration Operation  in Croatia, the  United Nations Preventive
Deployment  Force and the  United Nations Peace Forces headquarters (P.130).
10/

17.Financing of the United Nations Operation in Somalia II (P.131). 10/

18.Financing  of   the  liquidation  of  the  United  Nations  Operation  in
Mozambique (P.132). 12/

19.Financing of  the United Nations Peace-keeping  Force in Cyprus  (P.133).
8/

20.Financing of the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (P.134). 8/

21.Financing of the United Nations Mission in Haiti (P.135). 13/

22.Financing of the United Nations Observer Mission in Liberia (P.136). 8/

23.Financing of  the United Nations Assistance  Mission for Rwanda  (P.137).
8/

24.Financing  of  the  United  Nations  Military  Liaison  Team  in Cambodia
(P.138). 8/

25.Financing of  the International  Tribunal for the Prosecution  of Persons
Responsible  for  Serious  Violations   of  International  Humanitarian  Law
Committed in the Territory of the Former Yugoslavia since 1991 (P.139). 10/

26.Financing  of  the United  Nations  Mission  of Observers  in  Tajikistan
(P.140). 13/

27.Administrative  and budgetary  aspects  of the  financing  of  the United
Nations peace-keeping operations (P.141): 10/

  (a)Financing of the United Nations peace-keeping operations;

  (b)Relocation  of  Ukraine to  the  group  of  Member  States  set out  in
paragraph 3 (c) of General Assembly resolution 43/232.

28.Report of  the  Secretary-General on  the  activities  of the  Office  of

Internal Oversight Services (P.152).

29.Programme planning (P.162).

30.Human resources management (P.163).

31.Financing of the International  Criminal Tribunal for  the Prosecution of
Persons  Responsible   for  Genocide   and  Other   Serious  Violations   of
International  Humanitarian Law  Committed in  the Territory  of Rwanda  and
Rwandan  Citizens  Responsible  for  Genocide  and  Other  Such   Violations
Committed in  the Territory of Neighbouring  States between 1 January and 31
December 1994 (P.164).

32.Report of the Economic  and Social Council [chapters I, IX, XII and  XIV]
(P.12).   The chapters of the report listed below  would be referred also to
plenary meetings and to the Second and Third Committees, as follows:

  (a)   Chapters  I and  XIV  ....................... Plenary  meetings  and
Second
                                                     and Third Committees

  (b)     Chapter   IX  ...............................   Second  and  Third
Committees

For further details, see para. 52.

33.Appointments  to   fill  vacancies   in  subsidiary   organs  and   other
appointments (P.17):   For sub-item (f) see "Plenary meetings", item 17.

  (a)Appointment of members of the  Advisory Committee on Administrative and
Budgetary Questions;

  (b)Appointment of members of the Committee on Contributions;

  (c)Appointment of a member of the Board of Auditors;

  (d)Confirmation  of  the   appointment  of  members  of  the   Investments
Committee;

  (e)Appointment of members of the United Nations Administrative Tribunal.
Sixth Committee

 1.United  Nations   Programme  of  Assistance   in  the  Teaching,   Study,
Dissemination and Wider Appreciation of International Law (P.142).

 2.United Nations Decade of International Law (P.143).

 3.Report of  the International  Law Commission on  the work  of its  forty-
seventh session (P.144).

 4.Establishment of an international criminal court (P.145).

 5.Report  of the United  Nations Commission  on International  Trade Law on
the work of its twenty-eighth session (P.146).

 6.Report of the Committee on Relations with the Host Country (P.147).

 7.Report of the Special  Committee on the Charter of the United Nations and
on the Strengthening of the Role of the Organization (P.148).

 8.Measures to eliminate international terrorism (P.149).

 9.Consideration  of the  draft articles  on  the  status of  the diplomatic
courier and the diplomatic bag not accompanied by diplomatic  courier and of
the draft optional protocols thereto (P.150).

10.Review of the procedure  provided for under article  11 of the statute of
the Administrative Tribunal of the United Nations (P.151).

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