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A/51/607


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6 December 1996

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                                                        A/51/607

General Assembly
Fifty-first session
Agenda item 99


                             TRAINING AND RESEARCH

                        Report of the Second Committee

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


                               I.  INTRODUCTION

1.   At its 3rd plenary meeting, on 20 September 1996, the General
Assembly, on the recommendation of the General Committee, decided to
include in the agenda of its fifty-first session the item entitled:

     "Training and research:

     "(a)  United Nations Institute for Training and Research;

     "(b)  United Nations University"

and to allocate it to the Second Committee.

2.   The Committee considered the item at its 7th, 18th, 28th, 35th and
38th meetings, on 17 and 28 October, 6 and 18 November and 2 December
1996.  An account of the Committee's general discussion of the item is
contained in the relevant summary records (see A/C.2/51/SR.7, 18, 28,
35 and 38).  Attention is also drawn to the general debate held by the
Committee at its 3rd to 6th and 8th meetings, on 14 to 18 October (see
A/C.2/51/SR.3-6 and 8).

3.   For its consideration of the item, the Committee had before it the
following documents:

     United Nations Institute for Training and Research

     (a)  Report of the Acting Executive Director of the United Nations
Institute for Training and Research (A/51/14); 1/ 1/

     (b)  Report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations
Institute for Training and Research (A/51/554);

     (c)  Report of the Secretary-General transmitting the report of
the Joint Inspection Unit entitled "Feasibility study on the
relocation of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research
to the Turin Centre" (A/51/642);

     (d) Note by the Secretary-General transmitting his comments on
the report of the Joint Inspection Unit (A/51/642/Add.1);

     United Nations University

     (e)  Report of the Council of the United Nations University
(A/51/31); 2/ 2/

     (f)  Report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations
University (A/51/324).

4.   At the 7th meeting on 17 October, the Rector of the United Nations
University made an introductory statement on item 99 (b) (see
A/C.2/51/SR.7).

5.   At the 28th meeting, on 6 November, introductory statements on
item 99 (a) were made by the Assistant Secretary-General for Human
Resources Management, the Acting Executive Director of the United
Nations Institute for Training and Research and the Vice-Chairman of
the Joint Inspection Unit (see A/C.2/51/SR.28).


                        II.  CONSIDERATION OF PROPOSALS

                  A.  Draft resolutions A/C.2/51/L.3 and L.20

6.   At the 18th meeting, on 28 October, the representative of Japan,
also on behalf of Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Colombia,
Guyana, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of),
Jordan, Nicaragua, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Republic of Moldova,
Romania, Sierra Leone, Slovenia and Thailand, introduced a draft
resolution entitled "United Nations University" (A/C.2/51/L.3), which
read:

         "The General Assembly,

         "Reaffirming its previous resolutions on the United Nations
     University,

         "Having considered the report of the Council of the United
     Nations University and the report of the Secretary-General on the
     work of the University,

         "Expressing its deep appreciation for the voluntary
     contributions made to date by Governments and other public and
     private entities in support of the University,

         "Noting with appreciation the efforts made by the Rector of
     the United Nations University in intensifying his interaction with
     the United Nations Secretariat in the context of preparing for the
     third medium-term perspective,

         "Recognizing that the University is making a growing number
     of contributions as a global reservoir of ideas for the
     international community in general and the United Nations system
     in particular, and expecting that those contributions will
     increase in the course of the third medium-term perspective,

         "1.   Welcomes the completion of the second medium-term
     perspective, 1990-1995, of the United Nations University and the
     ongoing work of formulating the third medium-term perspective for
     the period 1996-2001, being considered by the Council;

         "2.   Takes note with appreciation of the steps taken by the
     Council and the Rector of the United Nations University to promote
     the visibility of the University, particularly among Member
     States, the United Nations and its agencies, through such measures
     as organizing a series of public forums for the purpose of
     disseminating the results of its research, and requests them to
     further intensify such efforts;

         "3.   Requests the Council and the Rector of the United Nations
     University to continue intensifying their efforts to improve the
     University's interaction and communication with other bodies in
     the United Nations system;

         "4.   Also requests the Secretary-General to continue his
     consideration of innovative measures to improve the interaction
     and communication between the University and other bodies in the
     United Nations system and to ensure the integration of the work of
     the University into all relevant activities of the system, taking
     into account General Assembly resolution 49/124 of
     19 December 1994, so that the United Nations system may draw more
     extensively upon the work of the University, and to submit a
     report thereon to the Assembly at its fifty-third session;

         "5.   Endorses the suggestions of the Secretary-General to
promote participation of the University in the Administrative
Committee on Coordination and requests him to take further steps
towards that end;

         "6.   Appeals to the international community to make voluntary
     contributions to the United Nations University, in particular to
     its Endowment Fund."

7.   At the 38th meeting, on 2 December, the Vice-Chairman of the
Committee, Mr. Kheireddine Ramoul (Algeria), introduced a draft
resolution (A/C.2/51/L.20), submitted on the basis of informal
consultations held on draft resolution A/C.2/51/L.3.

8.   At the same meeting, the Committee adopted draft resolution
A/C.2/51/L.20 without a vote (see para. 15, draft resolution I).

9.   In view of the adoption of draft resolution A/C.2/51/L.20, draft
resolution A/C.2/51/L.3 was withdrawn by its sponsors.


                 B.  Draft resolutions A/C.2/51/L.27 and Rev.1

10.  At the 35th meeting, on 18 November, the representative of
Cameroon, also on behalf of Benin, the Central African Republic, Chad,
Co^te d'Ivoire, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Nigeria, Pakistan and Zaire,
introduced a draft resolution entitled "United Nations Institute for
Training and Research" (A/C.2/51/L.27), which read:

         "The General Assembly,

         "Recalling its resolutions 47/227 of 8 April 1993, 48/207 of
     21 December 1993, 49/125 of 19 December 1994 and 50/121 of
     20 December 1995,

         "Having considered the report of the Secretary-General, the
     report of the Acting Executive Director of the United Nations
     Institute for Training and Research on the activities of the
     Institute and the report of the Joint Inspection Unit,

         "Noting with interest the steps taken to complete the
     restructuring process of the Institute and welcoming the recent
     progress made by the Institute in its various programmes and
     activities, including the better cooperation that has been
     established with other organizations of the United Nations system
     and with regional and national institutions,

         "Expressing its appreciation to the Governments and private
     institutions that have made or pledged financial contributions to
     the Institute,

         "Welcoming the opening of the Institute's Liaison Office in
     New York following the recommendation of the Board of Trustees of
     the Institute and the relevant resolutions of the General
     Assembly,

         "Reiterating that the funding of training programmes held at
     the specific request of Member States or departments and units of
     the Organization and other organs of the United Nations system and
     specialized agencies should be arranged by the requesting parties,

         "Recognizing that training activities should be accorded a
     more visible and larger role in support of the management of
     international affairs and in the execution of the economic and
     social development programmes of the United Nations system,

         "1.   Reaffirms the relevance of the United Nations Institute
     for Training and Research, particularly in view of the growing
     importance of training within the United Nations and the new
     training requirements of all Member States, and the pertinence of
     research activities related to training undertaken by the
     Institute within its mandate;

         "2.   Invites the Institute to develop further its cooperation
     with other United Nations institutes and relevant national,
     regional and international institutes;

         "3.   Requests that relevant measures be taken by the Board of
     Trustees of the Institute with respect to the regularization of
     the post of Executive Director of the Institute;

         "4.   Renews its appeal to Governments of States Members of the
     United Nations and to private institutions that have not yet
     contributed financially to the Institute to give it their generous
     financial support, and urges the States that had interrupted their
     contributions to consider resuming them now that the Institute has
     been restructured and revitalized;

         "5.   Decides, in view of the successful implementation of the
     transfer of the headquarters of the Institute from New York to
     Geneva, not to consider any further relocation, taking into
     account the doubts raised by the Board of Trustees at its session
     in September 1996 regarding the impact of such a move on the
     consolidation process and on the work of the Institute;

         "6.   Requests the Secretary-General to explore more
     systematically with the Executive Director of the Institute, as
     well as with the heads of United Nations programmes and funds,
     ways and modalities of cooperation, in order to define better the
     role of the Institute in the field of training, research and
     methodology, assessment and capacity-building within the United
     Nations system, and to report thereon to the General Assembly at
     its fifty-second session;

         "7.   Requests the Executive Director of the Institute, through
     the Board of Trustees, to prepare and conduct a comprehensive
     survey of existing training programmes at the level of the United
     Nations system, as recommended by the Joint Inspection Unit in its
     report, and to submit a progress report to the General Assembly at
     its fifty-second session."

11.  At the 38th meeting, on 2 December, the Vice-Chairman of the
Committee, Mr. Kheireddine Ramoul (Algeria), informed the Committee of
the results of informal consultations held on draft resolution
A/C.2/51/L.27, and drew the Committee's attention to a revised draft
resolution (A/C.2/51/L.27/Rev.1), submitted by Algeria, Argentina,
Australia, Benin, Burundi, Cameroon, the Central African Republic,
Chad, Chile, China, Co^te d'Ivoire, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-
Bissau, Japan, Mali, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal and Zaire.

12.  At the same meeting, the representative of Cuba made a statement
(see A/C.2/51/SR.38).

13.  The representative of Poland, also on behalf of Argentina, amended
operative paragraph 7 of the revised draft resolution by replacing the
words "Also requests the Secretary-General to have the Joint
Inspection Unit" by the words "Requests the Joint Inspection Unit".

14.  Also at the 38th meeting, after statements by the representatives
of Pakistan, Cameroon and the United States of America, the Committee
adopted draft resolution A/C.2/51/L.27/Rev.1, as orally amended,
without a vote (see para. 15, draft resolution II).


                 III.  RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE SECOND COMMITTEE

15.  The Second Committee recommends to the General Assembly the
adoption of the following draft resolutions:


                              DRAFT RESOLUTION I

                           United Nations University

     The General Assembly,

     Reaffirming its previous resolutions on the United Nations
University,

     Having considered the report of the Council of the United Nations
University 3/ 3/ and the report of the Secretary-General on the work
of the University, 4/ 4/

     Expressing its deep appreciation for the voluntary contributions
made to date by Governments and other public and private entities in
support of the University,

     Noting with appreciation the efforts made by the Rector of the
United Nations University in intensifying his interaction with the
United Nations Secretariat in the context of preparing for the third
medium-term perspective,

     Noting with appreciation also the efforts made by the Rector of
the United Nations University in initiating a new series of research
programmes,

     1.  Welcomes the completion of the second medium-term perspective
1990-1995, of the United Nations University and the ongoing work of
formulating the third medium-term perspective for the period 1996-
2001, being considered by the Council;

     2.  Takes note with appreciation of the steps taken by the
Council and the Rector of the United Nations University to promote the
work and the visibility of the University, particularly among Member
States, the United Nations and its agencies, through such measures as
organizing a series of public forums for the purpose of disseminating
the results of its research, and requests them to further intensify
such efforts;

     3.  Requests the Council and the Rector to continue intensifying
their efforts to improve the University's interaction and
communication with other bodies of the United Nations system, and to
continue their efforts to avoid the duplication of work within the
system;

     4.  Also requests the Council and the Rector to enhance further
coordination and complementarity between the University's programmes
and its research and training centres;

     5.  Requests the Secretary-General, in this connection, to
continue his consideration of innovative measures to improve the
interaction and communication between the University and other bodies
of the United Nations system and to ensure the integration of the work
of the University into all relevant activities of the system, taking
into account General Assembly resolution 49/124 of 19 December 1994,
so that the United Nations system may draw more extensively upon the
work of the University, and to submit a report thereon to the Assembly
at its fifty-third session;

     6.  Welcomes the efforts of the Secretary-General to allow for
the greater participation of the United Nations University in the work
of the United Nations, and invites him to continue to encourage the
participation, as appropriate, of the University in the activities of
the Administrative Committee on Coordination and its subsidiary
machinery, as well as through other existing structures and modalities
for communication, interaction and integration;

     7.  Requests the Council and the Rector, taking into account
General Assembly resolution 49/124, to continue to make further
efforts to ensure the efficiency and economy of the activities of the
University as well as its financial transparency and accountability,
and to intensify efforts to augment its Endowment Fund and to find
innovative ways to mobilize operating contributions and other
programme and project support;

     8.  Invites the international community to make voluntary
contributions to the United Nations University.


                              DRAFT RESOLUTION II

              United Nations Institute for Training and Research

     The General Assembly,

     Recalling its resolutions 47/227 of 8 April 1993, 48/207 of
21 December 1993, 49/125 of 19 December 1994 and 50/121 of 20 December
1995,

     Having considered the report of the Secretary-General, 5/ 5/ the
report of the Acting Executive Director of the United Nations
Institute for Training and Research on the activities of the
Institute 6/ 6/ and the report of the Joint Inspection Unit, 7/ 7/

     Noting with interest the steps being taken to complete the
restructuring process of the Institute and welcoming the recent
progress made by the Institute in its various programmes and
activities, including the improved cooperation that has been
established with other organizations of the United Nations system and
with regional and national institutions,

     Expressing its appreciation to the Governments and private
institutions that have made or pledged financial and other
contributions to the Institute,

     Welcoming the opening of the Institute's liaison office in New
York following the recommendation of the Board of Trustees of the
Institute and the relevant resolutions of the General Assembly,

     Reiterating that the funding of training programmes offered at the
specific request of Member States or departments and units of the
Organization and other organs of the United Nations system and the
specialized agencies should be arranged by the requesting parties,

     Recognizing that training activities should be accorded a more
visible and larger role in support of the management of international
affairs and in the execution of the economic and social development
programmes of the United Nations system,



     1.  Reaffirms the relevance of the United Nations Institute for
Training and Research, particularly in view of the growing importance
of training within the United Nations and the training requirements of
all Member States, and the pertinence of research activities related
to training undertaken by the Institute within its mandate;

     2.  Invites the Institute to strengthen its cooperation with
other United Nations institutes and relevant national, regional and
international institutes;

     3.  Requests that relevant measures be taken by the Board of
Trustees of the Institute with respect to the regularization of the
post of Executive Director of the Institute;

     4.  Renews its appeal to all Governments and to private
institutions that have not yet contributed financially or otherwise to
the Institute to give it their generous financial and other support,
and urges the States that interrupted their voluntary contributions to
consider resuming them in the light of the progress that has been made
in the restructuring and revitalization of the Institute;

     5.  Takes note of the report of the Joint Inspection Unit on the
relocation of the Institute,7 and the subsequent decision of the Board
of Trustees of the Institute to postpone any decision on the
possibility of relocating the Institute;

     6.  Requests the Secretary-General to explore in consultation
with the Executive Director of the Institute, as well as with the
heads of United Nations programmes and funds, ways and modalities of
cooperation, in order to better define the role of the Institute in
the field of training, research and methodology, assessment and
capacity-building within the United Nations system, and to report
thereon to the General Assembly at its fifty-second session;

     7.  Requests the Joint Inspection Unit, in close cooperation with
the Institute and relevant United Nations bodies, to prepare a study,
as recommended by the Unit in its report, 8/ 8/ on the training
institution programmes and activities of the United Nations system,
and to submit a report thereon for consideration by the General
Assembly at its fifty-second session.


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                                     Notes

1/   To be issued in final form as Official Records of the General
Assembly, Fifty-first Session, Supplement No. 14 (A/51/14/Rev.1).

2/   Ibid., Supplement No. 31.

3/   A/51/31; to be issued in final form as Official Records of the
General Assembly, Fifty-first Session, Supplement No. 31.

4/   A/51/324.

5/   A/51/554.

6/   A/51/14; to be issued in final form as Official Records of the
General Assembly, Fifty-first Session, Supplement No. 14
(A/51/14/Rev.1).

7/   See A/51/642 and Add.1.

8/   A/51/642, para. 66.


 

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