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A/51/604/Add.7


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

5 December 1996

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General Assembly
Fifty-first session
Agenda item 96 (g)


        SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC COOPERATION:
                             CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT

                 Report of the Second Committee (Part VIII) *
(*  The report of the Committee on this item will be issued in several
parts, under the symbol A/51/604 and addenda.)


          Rapporteur:  Ms. Silvia Cristina CORADO-CUEVAS (Guatemala)


                               I.  INTRODUCTION

1.   The Second Committee held a substantive debate on agenda item 96
(see A/51/604, para. 2).  Action on sub-item (g) was taken at the 34th
and 38th meetings, on 12 November and 2 December 1996.  An account of
the Committee's consideration of the item is contained in the relevant
summary records (A/C.2/51/SR.34 and 38).


        II.  CONSIDERATION OF DRAFT RESOLUTIONS A/C.2/51/L.22 AND L.34

2.   At the 34th meeting, on 12 November, the representative of Costa
Rica, on behalf of the States Members that are members of the Group of
77 and China, introduced a draft resolution (A/C.2/51/L.22) entitled
"Report of the World Commission on Culture and Development", which
read:

         "The General Assembly,

         "Recalling its resolution 41/187 of 8 December 1986, in which
     it proclaimed the period 1988-1997 the World Decade for Cultural
     Development,

         "Recalling also its resolution 46/158 of 19 December 1991, in
     which it requested the Secretary-General to cooperate with the
     Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and
     Cultural Organization in establishing an independent World
     Commission on Culture and Development, and expected the World
     Commission to submit its final report to the General Conference of
     the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
     Organization and to the United Nations General Assembly no later
     than three years after it began its work,

         "Noting that the Director-General of the United Nations
     Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has sent the
     report of the Commission to the member States of that organization
     for their comments as well as to many non-governmental and
     academic bodies,

         "1.   Requests the Secretary-General to cooperate with the
     Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and
     Cultural Organization to further stimulate international debate on
     culture and development;

         "2.   Encourages the General Conference of the United Nations
     Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to discuss the
     report further, taking into account the views, comments and
     proposals submitted by Member States, and to include those views,
     comments and proposals in the report to the next General
     Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and
     Cultural Organization in 1997;

         "3.   Also encourages the United Nations Educational,
     Scientific and Cultural Organization to pursue its ongoing task of
     promoting throughout the United Nations system a greater awareness
     of the crucial relationship between culture and development,
     taking into account cultural, religious and other areas of
     diversity;

         "4.  Requests the Secretary-General, in cooperation with the
     Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and
     Cultural Organization, to compile a report taking into account the
     views, comments and proposals expressed by States and the relevant
     intergovernmental organizations;

         "5.   Decides to continue further consideration of the issue of
     cultural development at its fifty-second session."

3.   At the 38th meeting, on 2 December, the Vice-Chairman of the
Committee, Mr. Mohammad Reza Hadji Karim Djabbary (Islamic Republic of
Iran), introduced a draft resolution (A/C.2/51/L.34), submitted on the
basis of informal consultations held on draft resolution
A/C.2/51/L.22.

4.   Before the adoption of the draft resolution, the representatives
of Ireland (on behalf of the States Members that are members of the
European Union made a statement (see A/C.2/51/SR.38).

5.   The Secretary of the Committee informed the Committee that there
were no programme budget implications for draft resolution
A/C.2/51/L.34.

6.   At the same meeting, the Committee adopted draft resolution
A/C.2/51/L.34 (see para. 9).

7.   After the adoption of the draft resolution, the representative of
Costa Rica (on behalf of the States Members that are members of the
Group of 77) made a statement (see A/C.2/51/SR.38).

8.   In the light of the adoption of draft resolution A/C.2/51/L.34,
draft resolution A/C.2/51/L.22 was withdrawn by its sponsors.


                 III.  RECOMMENDATION OF THE SECOND COMMITTEE

9.   The Second Committee recommends to the General Assembly the
adoption of the following draft resolution:


           Report of the World Commission on Culture and Development

     The General Assembly,

     Recalling its resolution 41/187 of 8 December 1986, in which it
proclaimed the period 1988-1997 the World Decade for Cultural
Development,

     Recalling also its resolution 46/158 of 19 December 1991, in which
it requested the Secretary-General to cooperate with the
Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organization in establishing an independent World Commission
on Culture and Development, and expected the World Commission to
submit its final report to the General Conference of the United
Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and to the
United Nations General Assembly no later than three years after it
began its work,

     Noting that the Director-General of the United Nations
Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has sent the report
of the Commission, entitled Our Creative Diversity, 1/ to the member
States of that organization for their comments as well as to many
non-governmental and academic bodies,

     1.  Requests the Secretary-General, in cooperation with the
Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organization, to stimulate further international debate on
culture and development;

     2.  Encourages the General Conference of the United Nations
Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization at its twenty-ninth
session in 1997 to discuss the report further, taking into account the
views, comments and proposals submitted by member States;

     3.  Also encourages the United Nations Educational, Scientific
and Cultural Organization to pursue its ongoing task of promoting
throughout the United Nations system a greater awareness of the
crucial relationship between culture and development, taking into
account the diversity of cultures;

     4.  Requests the Secretary-General, in cooperation with the
Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organization, to compile a report on culture and development
for the consideration of the General Assembly at its fifty-third
session, taking into account the views, comments and proposals put
forth by States and the relevant intergovernmental organizations
concerning the report of the World Commission on Culture and
Development.


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                                     Note

1/   Document A/51/451, annex, contains a summary version of the
report.

 

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