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A/51/402


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

25 September 1996

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                                                       A/51/402
                                                              

General Assembly
Fifty-first session
Agenda item 29


                COOPERATION BETWEEN THE UNITED NATIONS AND THE
                           INTER-PARLIAMENTARY UNION

                        Report of the Secretary-General


                               I.  INTRODUCTION

1.   On 15 November 1995, the General Assembly adopted resolution
50/15, entitled "Cooperation between the United Nations and the
Inter-Parliamentary Union", without a vote.  In that resolution, the
Assembly, considering that the activities of the Inter-Parliamentary
Union (IPU) complement and support the work of the United Nations,
requested the Secretary-General to take the necessary steps to
conclude an agreement on cooperation between the two organizations and
to report to the Assembly at its fifty-first session on the matter.

2.   In the same resolution, the General Assembly decided to include in
the provisional agenda of its fifty-first session the item entitled
"Cooperation between the United Nations and the Inter-Parliamentary
Union".

3.   The present report is submitted pursuant to resolution 50/15.


               II.  COOPERATION AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE UNITED NATIONS
                    AND THE INTER-PARLIAMENTARY UNION

4.   On 24 July 1996, a cooperation agreement between the United
Nations and the Inter-Parliamentary Union was signed by the
Secretary-General of the United Nations, the President of the
Inter-Parliamentary Council and the Secretary-General of the
Inter-Parliamentary Union.  The full text of the agreement appears in
the annex to the present report.

5.   The agreement aims at strengthening relations between the two
organizations by substantially facilitating their effective exercise
of mutually complementary activities and allowing them to cooperate
more closely in undertaking joint efforts in particular areas of their
activities for the benefit of mankind.  It provides that the two organizations
shall hold regular consultations and that joint projects and programmes may be
initiated by their competent organs.  The agreement emphasizes, in particular,
that the United Nations, if necessary, may request the cooperation of
the Inter-Parliamentary Union in areas where the latter has developed
a specific expertise through its permanent programmes.

6.   The agreement also contains provisions on ensuring effective
cooperation between the Secretariats of the two organizations and on
arranging for the exchange of information and documentation relating
to specific matters or activities of common interest with a view to
attaining better complementary action.

7.   In remarks made at the signing ceremony, the Secretary-General of
the United Nations said that the text reinforced the ties that went
back a long way between the two institutions, in numerous areas and in
particular in the service of peace, human rights and democracy.  The
President of the Inter-Parliamentary Council stated that the agreement
allowed for substantial cooperation between the world organization of
Governments and the world organization of parliaments, thus better
expressing the will of the people at the international level.


              III.  OTHER MEASURES OF COOPERATION BETWEEN THE UNITED
                    NATIONS AND THE INTER-PARLIAMENTARY UNION

8.   The Secretary-General of the United Nations sent a representative
to attend the ninety-fifth Inter-Parliamentary Conference, held in
Istanbul from 12 to 20 April 1996.  In a message read by this
representative, the Secretary-General told the members of IPU that
they played a crucial role in the service of the values of the Charter
of the United Nations and that their institution was one of the most
accomplished realizations of the maxim that serves both as prelude and
foundation for the world Organization, "We the peoples of the United
Nations".  The Secretary-General was also represented at the
ninety-sixth Inter-Parliamentary Conference, held in Beijing from 16
to 21 September 1996.

9.   As a first concrete expression of the cooperation agreement signed
in July 1996, a meeting on the follow-up to the World Summit for
Social Development, organized jointly by IPU, the Department for
Policy Coordination and Sustainable Development of the Secretariat and
the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), was held in New York
on 5 and 6 September 1996.  The meeting was aimed at enhancing
cooperation between parliaments, Governments and intergovernmental
organizations for the effective implementation of the results of the
World Summit for Social Development.  A catalogue was drawn of
concrete steps and actions to be taken by national parliaments and
their members in order to follow up and implement the decisions and
recommendations adopted at the World Summit in Copenhagen.


                                     ANNEX

             Cooperation agreement between the United Nations and
                         the Inter-Parliamentary Union


     The United Nations and the Inter-Parliamentary Union, 

     Considering the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations
calling, inter alia, for the promotion of international cooperation in
solving problems of a political, economic, social, cultural or
humanitarian character and encouraging respect for human rights and
for fundamental freedoms,

     Bearing in mind that, in accordance with the Charter, the United
Nations is the principal organization dealing with matters relating to
the maintenance of international peace and security and acts as a
centre for harmonizing the actions of nations in the attainment of the
goals set out in the Charter,

     Considering that the Inter-Parliamentary Union (hereinafter
"IPU"), shares the principles and objectives of the Charter, and that
its activities complement and support the work of the United Nations,

     Recognizing in particular the important role played by IPU through
its activities in promoting representative democracy,

     Taking note of General Assembly resolution 50/15 of 15 November
1995, which calls for strengthening existing cooperation between the
United Nations and IPU,

     Have agreed as follows:


                                   Article I

                                    General

1.   The United Nations recognizes that IPU, as the world organization
of parliaments, by virtue of its character and responsibilities plays
an important role in promoting peace and international cooperation in
furtherance of and in conformity with the purposes and principles of
the Charter.

2.   IPU recognizes the responsibilities of the United Nations under
the Charter and undertakes to continue to support its activities in
accordance with the purposes and principles of the Charter.

3.   The United Nations and IPU agree that strengthening of cooperative
relations between them will facilitate the effective exercise of their
mutually complementary activities and, therefore, undertake to further
those relations through the adoption of practical measures.


                                  Article II

                         Cooperation and consultations

1.   The United Nations and IPU shall cooperate closely and hold
consultations as and when appropriate in pursuance of their respective
mandates and for the realization of their shared objectives.

2.   To this end, the United Nations and IPU shall consider the
appropriate framework for such consultations as and when appropriate.


                                  Article III

                          Appropriate representation

1.   Should the United Nations consider an item on the agenda of an IPU
meeting or conference to fall within the purview of its competence,
activities and expertise, upon its request, the Secretariat of IPU
will invite the United Nations to send its representatives to such
meetings or conferences, subject to the applicable rules of procedure
and to relevant decisions to be taken by the competent bodies of IPU.

2.   Should IPU consider an item on the agenda of the General Assembly
to fall within the purview of its competence, activities and
expertise, upon its request, the Secretariat of the United Nations
will invite IPU to send its representatives to be present during the
plenary meetings of the Assembly at which such an item is considered.

3.   Subject to the applicable rules of procedure and the decisions and
practices of the Main Committees of the General Assembly and of a
subsidiary organ of the Assembly, IPU may be invited upon its request
to participate in the meetings of such bodies when they consider a
subject that falls within the purview of IPU competence, activities
and expertise.

4.   If the convening organ so decides, IPU shall be invited to
participate in the work of conferences convened under the auspices of
the United Nations on subjects that fall within the competence,
activities and expertise of IPU.


                                  Article IV

                    Joint action and technical cooperation

     Specific joint action and programmes may be initiated by the
competent bodies of the United Nations and IPU.  In particular, the
United Nations may request the cooperation of IPU in areas where it
has developed a specific expertise through its permanent programmes.


                                   Article V

                     Cooperation between the Secretariats

     The Secretary-General of the United Nations and the
Secretary-General of IPU shall take appropriate measures to ensure
effective cooperation and liaison between the Secretariats of the two
organizations.


                                  Article VI

                     Exchange of information and documents

1.   The United Nations and IPU shall arrange to the fullest extent
possible and so far as is practicable for the exchange of information
and documents in public domain on matters of common interest.

2.   Where appropriate and subject to the necessary requirements,
information and documentation relating to specific projects,
programmes or activities may also be exchanged between the parties
with a view to attaining better complementary action and effective
coordination between the two Secretariats.


                                  Article VII

                          Supplementary arrangements

     The Secretariat of the United Nations and the Secretariat of IPU
may, if necessary, enter into supplementary administrative
arrangements for the implementation of the present agreement.


                                 Article VIII

                   Entry into force, amendments and duration

1.   This agreement shall enter into force on the date of its signature
by the duly authorized representatives of the two organizations.

2.   This agreement may be amended by mutual consent of the United
Nations and IPU.  The proposed amendment shall be made in writing and
shall enter into force three months following the expression of
consent by the United Nations and IPU.

3.   This agreement may be terminated by either the United Nations or
IPU providing a six-month written notice to the other party.


     IN WITNESS THEREOF the undersigned, being duly authorized
representatives of the United Nations and the Inter-Parliamentary
Union, have signed the present agreement.


     SIGNED this 24th day of July 1996 at New York in two originals in
the English language.


     For the United Nations:      For the Inter-Parliamentary Union:          


     Boutros BOUTROS-GHALI        Ahmed FATHY SOROUR      Pierre CORNILLON    
       Secretary-General           President of the       Secretary-General   
                                  Inter-Parliamentary                         
                                        Council                               


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