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A/BUR/53/1


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

  4 September 1998

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General Assembly
Fifty-third session
General Committee


       Organization of the fifty-third regular session of the General
          Assembly, adoption of the agenda and allocation of items


                    Memorandum by the Secretary-General


Contents         

                                                       Paragraphs  Page

  I.  Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     1-4       2

 II.  Organization of the session. . . . . . . . . . .     5-39      2

III.  Observations on the organization of future 
      sessions of the General Assembly . . . . . . . .    40-41     11

 IV.  Adoption of the agenda . . . . . . . . . . . . .    42-47     11

  V.  Allocation of items. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    48-61     24


             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 fifty-third 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. The Secretary-General wishes to draw the attention of the General
Committee to the following resolutions of the General Assembly, the provisions
of which are reflected in the present document under the relevant headings:

            (a)    Annex I to resolution 48/264 of 29 July 1994, entitled
"Guidelines on the rationalization of the agenda of the General Assembly";

            (b)    The annex to resolution 51/241 of 31 July 1997,
entitled "Strengthening of the United Nations system", annex.

         In this connection, the Committee may wish to draw the attention of
the Assembly to the reports of the Secretary-General on the implementation of
General Assembly resolution 48/264 (A/52/856) and resolution 51/241
(A/52/855).


            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 resolutions
39/88 B (ibid., annex VII, para. 4), the annex to resolution 45/45
(A/520/Rev.15 and Amend.1, annex VIII, para. 3) and the annex to resolution
51/241 (paras. 17, 18 and 33-35) 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 1/ 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, entitled "Review of the
efficiency of the administrative and financial functioning of the United
Nations". The Secretary-General also wishes to draw the Committee's attention
to Assembly resolution 48/264 entitled "Revitalization of the work of the
General Assembly" and annex I thereto and resolution 52/12 B of 19 December
1997, entitled "Renewing the United Nations: a programme for reform".

         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."

In this connection, the Committee may also wish to draw the Assembly's
attention to paragraphs 30, 31 and 36 of the annex to resolution 51/241, which
read as follows:

            "30.   All Main Committees shall hold brief organizational
            sessions once the General Assembly has taken decisions on the
            agenda, before the commencement of the general debate. Bureaux of
            the Main Committees shall meet earlier to draw up
            recommendations on the organization and programme of work.

            "31.   The Main Committees shall meet in substantive session only
            after the end of the general debate.

            ...

            "36.   The First Committee and the Fourth Committee shall not meet
            simultaneously and may consider meeting in a sequential manner
            during the regular session of the General Assembly. This
            arrangement shall not apply if it affects their respective
            identities, programmes of work and effective consideration of
            their agendas."

         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.   Closing date of the session


         10.   In accordance with the provisions of rule 2 of the rules of
procedure, the General Assembly should fix a closing date for the fifty-third
session. By its resolution 52/232 of 4 June 1998, the General Assembly
decided, inter alia, on the opening date of the fifty-third session, namely,
Wednesday, 9 September 1998. The practice of recommending an average
duration of 13 weeks for the main part of the session would bring the
Assembly to a recess on Wednesday, 9 December. However, as the Assembly is
mandated to meet on 10 December for the commemoration of the fiftieth
anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the General
Committee may wish to recommend to the Assembly that the session should recess
on Friday, 11 December 1998. The Committee may also wish to recommend to the
Assembly that the First, Special Political and Decolonization (Fourth
Committee), Third and Sixth Committees should complete their work by
Friday, 20 November, the Second Committee by Friday, 27 November and the
Fifth Committee by Friday, 4 December 1998.


              D.   Schedule of meetings


         11.   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 fifty-third 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 no meetings should be held on weekends.  The Committee may also wish
to recommend to the Assembly that this cost-saving measure should also
apply, for the remainder of 1998, to meetings on the calendar of
conferences and meetings.

         12.   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.

         13.   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.


              E.   General debate


         14.   The general debate will begin on Monday, 21 September, and end
on Friday, 2 October 1998, in accordance with recent practice and the relevant
provisions of the annex to resolution 51/241 (paras. 19 and 20 (a) and (e)),
which read as follows:

            "19.   There shall continue to be only one general debate each
            year, beginning in the third week of September.

            "20.   The preparation of the list of speakers for the general
            debate shall be based on the following principles:

               "(a)   The general debate shall be organized over a period of
            two weeks so as to maximize possibilities for interministerial
            contacts;

               ...

               "(e)   The list of speakers for each day shall be completed and
            no speakers will be rolled over to the next day, notwithstanding
            the implications for hours of work."

         15.   The General Committee may wish to draw the attention of the
General Assembly to paragraph 21 of the annex to resolution 51/241, which
reads as follows:

            "21.   There shall be no time limits or specified themes for the
            general debate but the General Assembly will indicate a voluntary
            guideline of up to twenty minutes for each statement."

         16.   The Secretary-General suggests that the list of speakers in the
general debate should be closed on Wednesday, 23 September, at 6 p.m., in
accordance with the recommendation of the Special Committee on the
Rationalization of the Procedures and Organization of the General Assembly
(A/520/Rev.15, annex V, para. 46).

         17.   The General Committee may also 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 has been delivered is 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.


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


         18.   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."

         19.   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.

         20.   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 Assembly to paragraph 22 of the annex to resolution 51/241, which reads as
follows:

            "22.   Outside the general debate there shall be a fifteen-minute
            time limit in plenary meetings and in the Main Committees."

In this connection, the Committee may also wish to draw the attention
of the Assembly to the report of the Secretary-General on the implementation
of resolution 51/241 (A/52/855), in particular to paragraph 23, which reads as
follows:

            "23.   Paragraph 22. Since in plenary meetings the length of
            statements in debates other than the general debate averages eight
            minutes, the General Assembly may wish to review the
            recommendation contained in paragraph 22."

The Committee may further wish to draw the attention of the 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.


              G.   Records of meetings


         21.   As at past sessions, verbatim records will continue to be
provided, during the fifty-third 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 other 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 (A/520/Rev.15, annex V, para. 108 (b)), the General Committee may
wish to recommend that the Assembly should maintain for the fifty-third
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 Assembly that the practice not to reproduce in extenso statements made
in a Main Committee should be maintained for the fifty-third session.


              H.   Seating arrangements


         22.   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 Mali. 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.


              I.   Concluding statements


         23.   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."


              J.   Resolutions


         24.   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."

         25.   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."

         26.   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".

         27.   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).


              K.   Documentation


         28.   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."

         29.   The General Committee may wish to draw the attention of the
General Assembly to 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".

The Committee may also wish to draw the attention of the Assembly to
paragraph 4 of resolution 50/206 C, in which the Assembly once again requested
the Secretary-General "to ensure that documentation is available in accordance
with the six-week rule for the distribution of documents, simultaneously in
each of the six official languages of the United Nations".

         30.   The General Committee may further wish to draw the attention of
the General Assembly to paragraph 32 of resolution 51/241, which reads as
follows:

               "32.   The number of reports requested shall be rationalized
         where possible so as to permit more focused consideration of issues.
         All bodies shall exercise restraint in making proposals containing
         requests for new reports and should consider integrating,
         biennializing or triennializing the presentation of reports,
         bearing in mind paragraphs 6 and 7 of General Assembly resolution
         50/206 C of 23 December 1995."



              L.   Questions related to the programme budget


         31.   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 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 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 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."

         32.   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."

In this connection, see also paragraph 41.

         33.   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.

         34.   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.


              M.   Observances and commemorative meetings


         35.   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.

         36.   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.


              N.   Special conferences


         37.   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 Assembly's attention
to recommendation 2 (d) of the Group of High-level Intergovernmental Experts,
which reads as follows:

              "(d)   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."

         38.   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."


              O.   Meetings of subsidiary organs


         39.   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
Secretary-General wishes to draw the attention of the General Committee to a
letter dated 19 August 1998 (A/53/298) 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 main
part of the fifty-third session:

            (a)    Committee on Relations with the Host Country;

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

            (c)    Executive Board of the United Nations Development
Programme/United Nations Population Fund;

            (d)    Working Group on the Financing of the United
Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.


     III.   Observations on the organization of future sessions of the
            General Assembly


         40.   The Secretary-General wishes to draw the attention of the
General Committee to paragraph 17 of the annex to resolution 51/241 which
states, inter alia, that the "plenary meetings of the General Assembly shall
be formally opened every year on the first Tuesday following 1 September". In
this connection, the Committee may wish to draw the attention of the Assembly
to the report of the Secretary-General on the implementation of resolution
51/241 (A/52/855), in particular to paragraphs 16 and 17 thereof, which read:

            "16.   Rule 1 of the rules of procedure of the General Assembly
            states that the General Assembly shall meet every year in regular
            session commencing on the third Tuesday in September. Paragraph 17
            of the annex to the resolution calls, inter alia, for the
            regular sessions of the General Assembly to now commence on the
            first Tuesday following 1 September. Rule 1 of the rules of
            procedure would need to be amended.

            "17.   In addition, in accordance with rule 2 of the rules of
            procedure, the General Assembly has, at the beginning of each
            session, fixed a closing date for the session. In recent years,
            the closing date has been the Monday before the opening of the
            next session. Were the General Assembly to retain this practice,
            the closing date would consistently fall on an official holiday of
            the Organization, for which financial and other implications may
            need to be considered. The General Assembly may wish to decide on
            a closing date ... and for future sessions, that will fall on a
            working day ..."

         41.   On 4 June 1998, the General Assembly adopted resolution 52/232
on the strengthening of the United  Nations system. In paragraph 1, the
Assembly decided, as an interim measure, "that the fifty-second session of the
General Assembly shall close on Tuesday, 8 September 1998, and that the
fifty-third session of the General Assembly shall open on Wednesday, 9
September 1998". The General Committee may wish to recommend that the Assembly
address the question of the opening and closing dates of future regular
sessions. In this connection, taking into account the opening date of
the regular sessions, the Committee may also wish to recommend to the Assembly
a review of the question of the mandatory deadline for the submission to the
Fifth Committee of all draft resolutions with programme budget implications.


             IV.   Adoption of the agenda


         42.   All proposals for the inclusion of items in the agenda of the
fifty-third session have been communicated to Member States in the following
documents:

            (a)    Provisional agenda of the fifty-third session (A/53/150);

            (b)    Supplementary list (A/53/200);

            (c)    Request for the inclusion of an additional item (A/53/231).

The items proposed for inclusion are listed in the draft agenda,
which appears in paragraph 47 below.

         43.   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
Secretary-General 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 that 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 this connection, the General Committee may wish to draw the
attention of the General Assembly to paragraphs 23 to 26 of the annex to
resolution 51/241. In addition, bearing in mind the extremely heavy workload
of the 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
present session.

         44.   Concerning item 62 of the draft agenda (The situation in
Burundi), the Secretary-General wishes to draw the attention of the General
Committee to a communication dated 24 August 1998 from Burundi, in which the
deletion of the item is requested (A/53/290).

         45.   With regard to item 89 of the draft agenda (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), the Secretary-General wishes to
draw to the attention of the General Committee a communication dated 12 August
1998 from the Acting Chairman of the Special Committee on the Situation with
regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of
Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples (A/53/261), in which a
change in the wording of the item was requested to reflect recent resolutions
of the Special Committee. The item would then read: "Economic and other
activities which affect the interests of the peoples of the Non-Self-Governing
Territories".

         46.   Concerning item 168 of the draft agenda (Fiftieth anniversary
of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide),
the sponsors have requested the inclusion of this item as a sub-item under
item 46 (Fiftieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
(A/52/192).

         47.   Subject to the recommendations of the General Committee
regarding paragraphs 42 to 46 above, the draft agenda of the fifty-third
session would consist of the following items: 2/

         1. Opening of the session by the Chairman of the delegation of
Ukraine (P.1)

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

         3. Credentials of representatives to the fifty-third 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 (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 seven members of the Committee for Programme
                      and Coordination; 3/ 

               (b)    Election of the United Nations High Commissioner for
                      Refugees.

         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)    International Civil Service Commission:

                      (i) Appointment of members of the Commission;

                     (ii) Designation of the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the
                          Commission;

               (g)    Appointment of members of the Committee on Conferences;

               (h)    Appointment of a member of the Joint Inspection Unit;

               (i)    Confirmation of the appointment of the Secretary-General
                      of the United Nations Conference on Trade and
                      Development;

               (j)    Appointment of the Under-Secretary-General for Internal
                      Oversight Services.

         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):

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

               (b)    Special economic assistance to individual countries or
                      regions; 3/

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

               (d)    Assistance to the Palestinian people.

         21.   Cooperation between the United Nations and the Organization of
               American States (P.21).

         22.   Cooperation between the United Nations and the Asian-African
               Legal Consultative Committee (P.22).

         23.   Cooperation between the United Nations and the Caribbean
               Community (P.23).

         24.   Implementation of the United Nations New Agenda for the
               Development of Africa in the 1990s, including measures and
               recommendations agreed upon at its mid-term review (P.24).

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

         26.   Cooperation between the United Nations and the Organization of
               the Islamic Conference (P.26).

         27.   Cooperation between the United Nations and the League of Arab
               States (P.27). 

         28.   Cooperation between the United Nations and the
               Inter-Parliamentary Union (P.28).

         29.   Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial
               embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba
               (P.29).

         30.   United Nations reform: measures and proposals (P.30). 4/

         31.   Culture of peace (P.31).

         32.   Zone of peace and cooperation of the South Atlantic (P.32).

         33.   Support by the United Nations system of the efforts of
               Governments to promote and consolidate new or restored
               democracies (P.33).

         34.   Cooperation between the United Nations and the Economic
               Cooperation Organization (P.34).

         35.   Cooperation between the United Nations and the Organization of
               African Unity (P.35).

         36.   Cooperation between the United Nations and the Organization for
               Security and Cooperation in Europe (P.36).

         37.   Implementation of the outcome of the World Summit for Social
               Development (P.37).

         38.   Oceans and the law of the sea (P.38): 3/

               (a)    Law of the sea;

               (b)    Large-scale pelagic drift-net fishing, unauthorized
                      fishing in zones of national jurisdiction and on the
                      high seas, fisheries by-catch and discards, and other
                      developments.

         39.   Question of Palestine (P.39). 5/

         40.   The situation in the Middle East (P.40). 3/

         41.   The situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina (P.41). 3/

         42.   Assistance in mine clearance (P.42).

         43.   The situation of democracy and human rights in Haiti (P.43). 3/

         44.   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.44). 3/

         45.   The situation in Afghanistan and its implications for
               international peace and security (P.45). 3/

         46.   Fiftieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human
               Rights (P.46). 6/

         47.   Election of the judges 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.47). 7/

         48.   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.48).

         49.   Question of the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) (P.49).

         50.   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.50).

         51.   Elimination of coercive economic measures as a means of
               political and economic compulsion (P.51).

         52.   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.52).

         53.   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.53).

         54.   Consequences of the Iraqi occupation of and aggression against
               Kuwait (P.54).

         55.   Implementation of the resolutions of the United Nations (P.55).

         56.   Launching of global negotiations on international economic
               cooperation for development (P.56).

         57.   Question of the Comorian island of Mayotte (P.57).

         58.   Strengthening of the United Nations system (P.58).

         59.   Question of equitable representation on and increase in the
               membership of the Security Council and related matters (P.59).

         60.   Revitalization of the work of the General Assembly (P.60).

         61.   Restructuring and revitalization of the United Nations in the
               economic, social and related fields (P.61). 8/

         62.   The situation in Burundi (P.62). 9/

         63.   Question of Cyprus (P.63). 8/

         64.   Role of science and technology in the context of international
               security, disarmament and other related fields (P.64).

         65.   Maintenance of international security -- prevention of the
               violent disintegration of States (P.65).

         66.   Reduction of military budgets (P.66):

               (a)    Reduction of military budgets;

               (b)    Objective information on military matters, including
                      transparency of military expenditures.

         67.   Role of science and technology in the context of international
               security and disarmament (P.67).

         68.   Establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the region of
               the Middle East (P.68).

         69.   Establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in South Asia
               (P.69).

         70.   Conclusion of effective international arrangements to assure
               non-nuclear-weapon States against the use or threat of use of
               nuclear weapons (P.70).

         71.   Prevention of an arms race in outer space (P.71).

         72.   General and complete disarmament (P.72):

               (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: report of the
                      Secretary-General;

               (c)    Measures to uphold the authority of the 1925 Geneva
                      Protocol;

               (d)    Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling,
                      Production and Transfer of Anti-personnel Mines and on
                      Their Destruction;

               (e)    Transparency in armaments;

               (f)    Assistance to States for curbing the illicit traffic in
                      small arms and collecting them;

               (g)    Relationship between disarmament and development;

               (h)    Observance of environmental norms in the drafting and
                      implementation of agreements on disarmament and arms
                      control;

               (i)    Convening of the fourth special session of the General
                      Assembly devoted to disarmament;

               (j)    Consolidation of peace through practical disarmament
                      measures;

               (k)    Contributions towards banning anti-personnel landmines;

               (l)    Prohibition of the dumping of radioactive wastes;

               (m)    Small arms;

               (n)    Nuclear disarmament;

               (o)    Nuclear-weapon-free southern hemisphere and adjacent
                      areas;

               (p)    Follow-up to the advisory opinion of the International
                      Court of Justice on the Legality of the Threat or Use of
                      Nuclear Weapons;

               (q)    Regional disarmament;

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

               (s)    Establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in Central
                      Asia;

               (t)    Implementation of the Convention on the Prohibition of
                      the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of
                      Chemical Weapons and on Their Destruction.

         73.   Review and implementation of the Concluding Document of the
               Twelfth Special Session of the General Assembly (P.73):

               (a)    United Nations Disarmament Information Programme;

               (b)    United Nations disarmament fellowship training and
                      advisory services;

               (c)    United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament
                      in Asia and the Pacific;

               (d)    Regional confidence-building measures: activities of the
                      United Nations Standing Advisory Committee on Security
                      Questions in Central Africa;

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

         74.   Review of the implementation of the recommendations and
               decisions adopted by the General Assembly at its tenth special
               session (P.74): 3/

               (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.

         75.   The risk of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East (P.75).

         76.   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.76).

         77.   Strengthening of security and cooperation in the Mediterranean
               region (P.77).

         78.   Consolidation of the regime established by the Treaty for the
               Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the
               Caribbean (Treaty of Tlatelolco) (P.78).

         79.   Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production
               and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin
               Weapons and on Their Destruction (P.79).

         80.   Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (P.80).

         81.   Rationalization of the work and reform of the agenda of the
               First Committee (P.81). 3/

         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).

         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 peacekeeping
               operations in all their aspects (P.86).

         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). 10/

         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.   Question of the Malagasy islands of Glorieuses, Juan de Nova,
               Europa and Bassas da India (P.92).

         93.   Question of East Timor (P.93).

         94.   Macroeconomic policy questions (P.94):

               (a)    Trade and development;

               (b)    Financing of development, including net transfer of
                      resources between developing and developed countries;

               (c)    Commodities;

               (d)    External debt crisis and development.

         95.   Sectoral policy questions (P.95):

               (a)    Business and development;

               (b)    Industrial development cooperation.

         96.   Sustainable development and international economic cooperation
               (P.96):

               (a)    Implementation of and follow-up to major consensus
                      agreements on development:

                      (i) Implementation of the commitments and policies
                          agreed upon in the Declaration on International
                          Economic Cooperation, in particular the
                          Revitalization of the Economic Growth and
                          Development of the Developing Countries;

                     (ii) Implementation of the International Development
                          Strategy for the Fourth United Nations Development
                          Decade;

               (b)    Integration of the economies in transition into the
                      world economy;

               (c)    Implementation of the outcome of the United Nations
                      Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II);

               (d)    Renewal of the dialogue on strengthening international
                      economic cooperation for development through
                      partnership;

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

               (f)    Implementation of the Programme of Action of the
                      International Conference on Population and Development;

               (g)    Cultural development.

         97.   Environment and sustainable development (P.97):

               (a)    Implementation of and follow-up to the outcome of the
                      United Nations Conference on Environment and
                      Development, including the outcome of the
                      nineteenth special session of the General Assembly for
                      the purpose of an overall review and appraisal of the
                      implementation of Agenda 21;

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

               (c)    Implementation of the outcome of the Global Conference
                      on the Sustainable Development of Small Island
                      Developing States;

               (d)    Convention on Biological Diversity;

               (e)    Implementation of the United Nations Convention to
                      Combat Desertification in Those Countries Experiencing
                      Serious Drought and/or Desertification,  Particularly in
                      Africa.

         98.   Operational activities for development (P.98).

         99.   Training and research (P.99):

               (a)    United Nations University;

               (b)    United Nations Institute for Training and Research.

         100.  Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the occupied
               Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, and of the Arab
               population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural
               resources (P.100).

         101.  Implementation of the first United Nations Decade for the
               Eradication of Poverty (1997 2006) (P.101).

         102.  Commemorative meeting of the twentieth anniversary of the
               adoption of the Buenos Aires Plan of Action for Promoting and
               Implementing Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries
               (P.102).

         103.  Social development, including questions relating to the world
               social situation and to youth, ageing, disabled persons and the
               family (P.103).

         104.  Crime prevention and criminal justice (P.104).

         105.  International drug control (P.105). 3/

         106.  Advancement of women (P.106).

         107.  Implementation of the outcome of the Fourth World Conference on
               Women (P.107).

         108.  Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
               questions relating to refugees and displaced persons and
               humanitarian questions (P.108).

         109.  Promotion and protection of the rights of children (P.109).

         110.  Programme of activities of the International Decade of the
               World's Indigenous People (P.110).

         111.  Elimination of racism and racial discrimination (P.111).

         112.  Right of peoples to self-determination (P.112).

         113.  Human rights questions (P.113):

               (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; 11/

               (e)    Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human
                      Rights.

         114.  Financial reports and audited financial statements, and reports
               of the Board of Auditors (P.114): 12/

               (a)    United Nations;

               (b)    United Nations Development Programme;

               (c)    United Nations Children's Fund;

               (d)    United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine
                      Refugees in the Near East;

               (e)    United Nations Institute for Training and Research;

               (f)    Voluntary funds administered by the United Nations High
                      Commissioner for Refugees;

               (g)    Fund of the United Nations Environment Programme;

               (h)    United Nations Population Fund;

               (i)    United Nations Habitat and Human Settlements Foundation;

               (j)    Fund of the United Nations International Drug Control
                      Programme;

               (k)    United Nations Office for Project Services.

         115.  Review of the efficiency of the administrative and financial
               functioning of the United Nations (P.115). 4/

         116.  Programme budget for the biennium 1998 1999 (P.116). 4/

         117.  Programme planning (P.117).

         118.  Improving the financial situation of the United Nations
               (P.118). 8/

         119.  Administrative and budgetary coordination of the United Nations
               with the specialized agencies and the International Atomic
               Energy Agency (P.119).

         120.  Pattern of conferences (P.120). 12/

         121.  Scale of assessments for the apportionment of the expenses of
               the United Nations (P.121). 3/

         122.  Human resources management (P.122). 4/

         123.  United Nations common system (P.123). 3/

         124.  United Nations pension system (P.124).

         125.  Financing of the United Nations peacekeeping forces in the
               Middle East (P.125): 4/

               (a)    United Nations Disengagement Observer Force;

               (b)    United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon.

         126.  Financing of the United Nations Angola Verification Mission and
               the United Nations Observer Mission in Angola (P.126). 4/

         127.  Financing of the activities arising from Security Council
               resolution 687 (1991) (P.127):

               (a)    United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission; 4/

               (b)    Other activities.

         128.  Financing of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in
               Western Sahara (P.128). 4/

         129.  Financing and liquidation of the United Nations Transitional
               Authority in Cambodia (P.129). 4/

         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). 4/

         131.  Financing of the United Nations Operation in Somalia II
               (P.131). 8/

         132.  Financing of the United Nations Operation in Mozambique
               (P.132). 4/

         133.  Financing of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus
               (P.133). 4/

         134.  Financing of the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia
               (P.134). 4/

         135.  Financing of the United Nations Mission in Haiti (P.135). 4/

         136.  Financing of the United Nations Observer Mission in Liberia
               (P.136). 3/

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

         138.  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.138). 3/

         139.  Financing of the United Nations Mission of Observers in
               Tajikistan (P.139). 4/

         140.  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.140). 4/

         141.  Financing of the United Nations Mission in Bosnia and
               Herzegovina (P.141). 4/

         142.  Financing of the United Nations Transitional Administration for
               Eastern Slavonia, Baranja and Western Sirmium and the Civilian
               Police Support Group (P.142). 4/

         143.  Financing of the United Nations Preventive Deployment Force
               (P.143). 4/

         144.  Financing of the United Nations Support Mission in Haiti, the
               United Nations Transition Mission in Haiti and the United
               Nations Civilian Police Mission in Haiti (P.144). 4/

         145.  Financing of the Military Observer Group of the United Nations
               Verification Mission in Guatemala (P.145). 8/

         146.  Administrative and budgetary aspects of the financing of the
               United Nations peacekeeping operations (P.146): 4/

               (a)    Financing of the United Nations peacekeeping operations;

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

         147.  Report of the Secretary-General on the activities of the Office
               of Internal Oversight Services (P.147 (a)). 4/

         148.  Review of the implementation of General Assembly resolution
               48/218 B (P.147 (b)).

         149.  Status of the Protocols Additional to the Geneva Conventions of
               1949 and relating to the protection of victims of armed
               conflicts (P.148).

         150.  Consideration of effective measures to enhance the protection,
               security and safety of diplomatic and consular missions and
               representatives (P.149).

         151.  Convention on jurisdictional immunities of States and their
               property (P.150).

         152.  United Nations Decade of International Law (P.151):

               (a)    United Nations Decade of International Law;

               (b)    Progress in the action dedicated to the 1999 centennial
                      of the first International Peace Conference and to the
                      closing of the United Nations Decade of International
                      Law;

               (c)    Draft guiding principles for international negotiations.

         153.  Report of the International Law Commission on the work of its
               fiftieth session (P.152).

         154.  Report of the United Nations Commission on International Trade
               Law on the work of its thirty-first session (P.153).

         155.  Report of the Committee on Relations with the Host Country
               (P.154).

         156.  Establishment of an international criminal court (P.155).

         157.  Report of the Special Committee on the Charter of the United
               Nations and on the Strengthening of the Role of the
               Organization (P.156).

         158.  Measures to eliminate international terrorism (P.157).

         159.  Review of the Statute of the Administrative Tribunal of the
               United Nations (P.158).

         160.  Bethlehem 2000 (P.159).

         161.  World Solar Programme 1996 2005 (P.160).

         162.  Observer status for the Association of Caribbean States in the
               General Assembly (P.161).

         163.  Global implications of the year 2000 date conversion problem of
               computers (P.162).

         164.  Financing of the United Nations Mission in the Central African
               Republic (P.163). 4/

         165.  Observer status for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation
               and Development in the General Assembly (P.164).

         166.  Need to review General Assembly resolution 2758 (XXVI) of 25
               October 1971 owing to the fundamental change in the
               international situation and to the coexistence of two
               Governments across the Taiwan Strait (P.165).

         167.  Financing of the United Nations Observer Mission in Sierra
               Leone (S.1).

         168.  Fiftieth anniversary of the Convention on the
               Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (S.2). 13/

         169.  Causes of conflict and the promotion of durable peace and
               sustainable development in Africa (A.1).


              V.   Allocation of items


         48.   The allocation of items described in paragraph 61 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 to 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 to
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."

The Secretary-General also wishes to draw the attention of the
General Committee to paragraph 24 of the annex to resolution 51/241, which
reads as follows:

            "24.   The General Assembly shall take further steps to
            rationalize and streamline the agenda ... and in particular shall
            make greater use of clustering, biennialization or
            triennialization of agenda items. Items that could be considered
            at a later session shall be identified, taking into account the
            priorities set by the medium-term plan."

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

            160.   Bethlehem 2000 (P.159).

            161.   World Solar Programme 1996-2005 (P.160).

            162.   Observer status for the Association of Caribbean States in
                   the General Assembly (P.161).

            165.   Observer status for the Organization for Economic
                   Cooperation and Development in the General Assembly
                   (P.164).

            166.   Need to review General Assembly resolution 2758 (XXVI) of
                   25 October 1971 owing to the fundamental change in the
                   international situation and to the coexistence of two
                   Governments across the Taiwan Strait (P.165).

            167.   Financing of the United Nations Observer Mission in Sierra
                   Leone (S.1).

            168.   Fiftieth anniversary of the Convention on the Prevention
                   and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (S.2). 14/

            169.   Causes of conflict and the promotion of durable peace and
                   sustainable development in Africa (A.1).

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

            Item 160  . . . . .   Plenary meetings

            Item 161  . . . . .   Plenary meetings

            Item 162  . . . . .   Plenary meetings

            Item 165  . . . . .   Plenary meetings

            Item 166  . . . . .   Plenary meetings

            Item 167  . . . . .   Fifth Committee

            Item 168  . . . . .   Plenary meetings

            Item 169  . . . . .   Plenary meetings

         50.   With regard to item 10 of the draft agenda (Report of the
Secretary-General on the work of the Organization), as at the last session,
the Secretary-General wishes to make a brief presentation of his annual report
(A/53/1) as the first item in the morning prior to the opening of the general
debate on Monday, 21 September.

         51.   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 the 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: 15/

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

Chapter II    Special high-level meeting with the   Plenary meetings and
              Bretton Woods institutions            Second Committee

Chapter III   Session of the Council on integrated  Plenary meetings and
              and coordinated implementation of and Second and Third
              follow-up to the major United Nations Committees
              conferences and summits

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

Chapter V     Operational activities of the United  Plenary meetings and
              Nations for international development Second and Third
              cooperation                           Committees

Chapter VI    Coordination of the policies and      Plenary meetings and
              activities of the specialized         Third Committee
              agencies and other bodies of the 
              United Nations system

Chapter VII   Humanitarian affairs segment          Plenary meetings

Chapter VIII  General segment                            

   Section A  Integrated and coordinated            Plenary meetings, Second
              implementation and follow-up to the   and Third Committees
              major international United Nations    
              conferences and summits

   Section B  Coordination questions                Plenary meetings, Second
                                                    and Fifth Committees

   Section C  Implementation of General Assembly    Plenary meetings, Second,
              resolutions 50/227 and 52/12 B        Third and Fifth
                                                    Committees

   Section D  Implementation of the Declaration on  Special Political and
              the Granting of Independence to       Decolonization Committee
              Colonial Countries and Peoples by the (Fourth Committee)
              specialized agencies and the          
              international institutions associated
              with the United Nations

   Section E  Regional cooperation                  Second Committee

   Section F  Economic and social repercussions of  Second Committee
              the Israeli occupation on the living
              conditions of the Palestinian people 
              in the occupied Palestinian territory,
              including Jerusalem, and the Arab
              population in the occupied Syrian
              Golan

   Section G  Non-governmental organizations        Second Committee

   Section H  Economic and environmental questions  Second Committee

   Section I  Social and human rights questions     Third Committee

Chapter IX    Elections, nominations and            Plenary meetings
              confirmations

Chapter X     Organizational matters                Plenary meetings, Second,
                                                    Third and Fifth
                                                    Committees

         52.   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/53/23) 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.

         53.   In connection with item 46 of the draft agenda (Fiftieth
anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights) and item 113 (b)
(Human rights questions, including alternative approaches for improving the
effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms), the
Secretary-General wishes to recall decision 52/424 of 12 December 1997
entitled "Award of human rights prizes in 1998", whereby the General
Assembly decided to request the Secretary-General to make the necessary
arrangements for the awarding of human rights prizes in 1998 as envisaged in
recommendation C of the annex to Assembly resolution 2217 A (XXI). The General
Committee may wish to recommend that the award ceremony should be held on
Thursday, 10 December 1998, on the occasion of the celebration of the fiftieth
anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

         54.   With regard to item 49 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.

         55.   With regard to item 63 of the draft agenda (Question of
Cyprus), the General Committee will recall that at its forty-second session
16/ 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) 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.

         56.   In connection with item 72 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/53/286), 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 72.

         57.   With regard to item 86 of the draft agenda (Comprehensive
review of the whole question of peacekeeping operations in all their aspects),
the Secretary-General wishes to recall paragraph 2 of resolution 52/69 of 10
December 1997, in which the General Assembly endorsed a recommendation made by
the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations, recognizing that 1998 marks
the fiftieth anniversary of peacekeeping, to dedicate a commemorative meeting
to pay tribute to all who have served in peacekeeping operations, especially
those who have lost their lives under the United Nations flag during
the past 50 years. The General Committee may wish to recommend to the
Assembly that the commemorative meeting should be held on Tuesday, 6 October
1998, in the morning.

         58.   In connection with item 96 (d) of the draft agenda (Renewal of
the dialogue on strengthening international economic cooperation for
development through partnership), the Secretary-General wishes to recall
resolution 50/122 of 20 December 1995 and decision 52/480 of 4 June 1998
whereby the General Assembly decided to hold a high-level dialogue
on the social and economic impact of globalization and interdependence and
their policy implications for a period of two days before the commencement of
the general debate at the fifty-third session, that is, on Thursday, 17, and
Friday, 18 September 1998.

         59.   With regard to item 102 of the draft agenda (Commemorative
meeting of the twentieth anniversary of the adoption of the Buenos Aires Plan
of Action for Promoting and Implementing Technical Cooperation among
Developing Countries), the Secretary-General wishes to recall paragraph 9 of
resolution 52/205 of 18 December 1997 whereby the General Assembly decided to
hold a one-day commemorative meeting at the beginning of the fifty-third
session of the General Assembly to mark the occasion of the twentieth
anniversary of the adoption of Buenos Aires Plan of Action for Promoting and
Implementing Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries. The General
Committee may wish to recommend to the Assembly that the commemorative meeting
should be held on Wednesday, 7 October 1998, in the morning.

         60.   In connection with item 106 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
be referred to the Second Committee for consideration under item 98 of the
draft agenda (Operational activities for development).

         61.   Subject to changes that may be made by the General Committee in
the light of paragraphs 48 to 60 above, the allocation of the items of the
draft agenda, as based on previous practice, would be the following: 17/


         Plenary meetings

         1. Opening of the session by the Chairman of the delegation
            of Ukraine (P.1).

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

         3. Credentials of representatives to the fifty-third 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). 18/

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

         12.   Report of the Economic and Social Council [chapters I to VII
               and VIII (sections A to C), IX and X] (P.12). 19/

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

         14.   Report of the International Atomic Energy Agency (P.14). 20/

         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 seven members of the Committee for Programme
                      and Coordination; 3/

               (b)    Election of the United Nations High Commissioner for
                      Refugees.

         17.   Appointments to fill vacancies in subsidiary organs and other
               appointments (P.17): 21/

               (g)    Appointment of members of the Committee on Conferences;
 
               (h)    Appointment of a member of the Joint Inspection Unit;

               (i)    Confirmation of the appointment of the Secretary-General
                      of the United Nations Conference on Trade and
                      Development;

               (j)    Appointment of the Under-Secretary-General for Internal
                      Oversight Services.

         18.   Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of
               Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples (P.18). 22/

         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; 3/

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

               (d)    Assistance to the Palestinian people.

         21.   Cooperation between the United Nations and the Organization of
               American States (P.21).

         22.   Cooperation between the United Nations and the Asian-African
               Legal Consultative Committee (P.22).

         23.   Cooperation between the United Nations and the Caribbean
               Community (P.23).

         24.   Implementation of the United Nations New Agenda for the
               Development of Africa in the 1990s, including measures and
               recommendations agreed upon at its mid-term review (P.24).

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

         26.   Cooperation between the United Nations and the Organization of
               the Islamic Conference (P.26).

         27.   Cooperation between the United Nations and the League of Arab
               States (P.27).

         28.   Cooperation between the United Nations and the
               Inter-Parliamentary Union (P.28).

         29.   Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial
               embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba
               (P.29).

         30.   United Nations reform: measures and proposals (P.30). 4/

         31.   Culture of peace (P.31).

         32.   Zone of peace and cooperation of the South Atlantic (P.32).

         33.   Support by the United Nations system of the efforts of
               Governments to promote and consolidate new or restored
               democracies (P.33).

         34.   Cooperation between the United Nations and the Economic
               Cooperation Organization (P.34).

         35.   Cooperation between the United Nations and the Organization of
               African Unity (P.35).

         36.   Cooperation between the United Nations and the Organization for
               Security and Cooperation in Europe (P.36).

         37.   Implementation of the outcome of the World Summit for Social
               Development (P.37).

         38.   Oceans and the law of the sea (P.38): 3/

               (a)    Law of the sea;

               (b)    Large-scale pelagic drift-net fishing, unauthorized
                      fishing in zones of national jurisdiction and on the
                      high seas, fisheries by-catch and discards, and other
                      developments.

         39.   Question of Palestine (P.39). 5/

         40.   The situation in the Middle East (P.40). 3/

         41.   The situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina (P.41). 3/

         42.   Assistance in mine clearance (P.42).

         43.   The situation of democracy and human rights in Haiti (P.43). 3/

         44.   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.44). 3/

         45.   The situation in Afghanistan and its implications for
               international peace and security (P.45). 3/

         46.   Fiftieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human
               Rights (P.46). 23/

         47.   Election of the judges 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.47). 7/

         48.   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.48).

         49.   Question of the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) (P.49). 24/

         50.   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.50).

         51.   Elimination of coercive economic measures as a means of
               political and economic compulsion (P.51).

         52.   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.52).

         53.   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.53).

         54.   Consequences of the Iraqi occupation of and aggression against
               Kuwait (P.54).

         55.   Implementation of the resolutions of the United Nations (P.55).

         56.   Launching of global negotiations on international economic
               cooperation for development (P.56).

         57.   Question of the Comorian island of Mayotte (P.57).

         58.   Strengthening of the United Nations system (P.58).

         59.   Question of equitable representation on and increase in the
               membership of the Security Council and related matters (P.59).

         60.   Revitalization of the work of the General Assembly (P.60).

         61.   Restructuring and revitalization of the United Nations in the
               economic, social and related fields (P.61). 8/

         62.   The situation in Burundi (P.62). 25/

         63.   Question of Cyprus (P.63). 26/

         64.   Commemorative meeting of the twentieth anniversary of the
               adoption of the Buenos Aires Plan of Action for Promoting and
               Implementing Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries
               (P.102). 27/

         65.   Global implications of the year 2000 date conversion problem of
               computers (P.162).


         First Committee

         1. Role of science and technology in the context of international
            security, disarmament and other related fields (P.64).

         2. Maintenance of international security   prevention of
            the violent disintegration of States (P.65).

         3. Reduction of military budgets (P.66):

            (a)    Reduction of military budgets;

            (b)    Objective information on military matters, including
                   transparency of military expenditures.

         4. Role of science and technology in the context of international
            security and disarmament (P. 67).

         5. Establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the region of the
            Middle East (P.68).

         6. Establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in South Asia (P.69).

         7. Conclusion of effective international arrangements to assure
            non-nuclear-weapon States against the use or threat of use of
            nuclear weapons (P.70).

         8. Prevention of an arms race in outer space (P.71).

         9. General and complete disarmament (P.72): 28/

            (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: report of the
                   Secretary-General;

            (c)    Measures to uphold the authority of the 1925 Geneva
                   Protocol;

            (d)    Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling,
                   Production and Transfer of Anti-personnel Mines and on
                   Their Destruction;

            (e)    Transparency in armaments;

            (f)    Assistance to States for curbing the illicit traffic in
                   small arms and collecting them;

            (g)    Relationship between disarmament and development;

            (h)    Observance of environmental norms in the drafting and
                   implementation of agreements on disarmament and arms
                   control;

            (i)    Convening of the fourth special session of the General
                   Assembly devoted to disarmament;

            (j)    Consolidation of peace through practical disarmament
                   measures;

            (k)    Contributions towards banning anti-personnel landmines;

            (l)    Prohibition of the dumping of radioactive wastes;

            (m)    Small arms;

            (n)    Nuclear disarmament;

            (o)    Nuclear-weapon-free southern hemisphere and adjacent areas;

            (p)    Follow-up to the advisory opinion of the International
                   Court of Justice on the Legality of the Threat or Use of
                   Nuclear Weapons;

            (q)    Regional disarmament;

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

            (s)    Establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in Central
                   Asia;

            (t)    Implementation of the Convention on the Prohibition of the
                   Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical
                   Weapons and on Their Destruction.

         10.   Review and implementation of the Concluding Document of the
               Twelfth Special Session of the General Assembly (P.73):

               (a)    United Nations Disarmament Information Programme;

               (b)    United Nations disarmament fellowship training and
                      advisory services;

               (c)    United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament
                      in Asia and the Pacific;

               (d)    Regional confidence-building measures: activities of the
                      United Nations Standing Advisory Committee on Security
                      Questions in Central Africa;

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

         11.   Review of the implementation of the recommendations and
               decisions adopted by the General Assembly at its tenth special
               session (P.74): 3/

               (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.

         12.   The risk of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East (P.75).

         13.   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.76).

         14.   Strengthening of security and cooperation in the Mediterranean
               region (P.77).

         15.   Consolidation of the regime established by the Treaty for the
               Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the
               Caribbean (Treaty of Tlatelolco) (P.78).

         16.   Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production
               and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin
               Weapons and on Their Destruction (P.79).

         17.   Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (P.80).

         18.   Rationalization of the work and reform of the agenda of the
               First Committee (P.81). 3/


         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).

         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 peacekeeping
            operations in all their aspects (P.86). 29/

         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). 30/

         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 VIII
               (section D)] (P.12). 31/

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

         12.   Question of the Malagasy islands of Glorieuses, Juan de Nova,
               Europa and Bassas da India (P.92).

         13.   Question of East Timor (P.93).

         14.   Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of
               Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples (P.18). 32/


         Second Committee

         1. Report of the Economic and Social Council [chapters I to V, VIII
            (sections A to C and E to H) and X] (P.12). 33/

         2. Macroeconomic policy questions (P.94):

            (a)    Trade and development;

            (b)    Financing of development, including net transfer of
                   resources between developing and developed countries;

            (c)    Commodities;

            (d)    External debt crisis and development.

         3. Sectoral policy questions (P.95):

            (a)    Business and development;

            (b)    Industrial development cooperation.

         4. Sustainable development and international economic cooperation
            (P.96):

            (a)    Implementation of and follow-up to major consensus
                   agreements on development:

                   (i) Implementation of the commitments and policies agreed
                       upon in the Declaration on International Economic
                       Cooperation, in particular the Revitalization of the
                       Economic Growth and Development of the  Developing
                       Countries;

                  (ii) Implementation of the International Development
                       Strategy for the Fourth United Nations Development
                       Decade;

            (b)    Integration of the economies in transition into the world
                   economy;

            (c)    Implementation of the outcome of the United Nations
                   Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II);

            (d)    Renewal of the dialogue on strengthening international
                   economic cooperation for development through partnership;
                   34/

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

            (f)    Implementation of the Programme of Action of the
                   International Conference on Population and Development;

            (g)    Cultural development.

         5. Environment and sustainable development (P.97):

            (a)    Implementation of and follow-up to the outcome of the
                   United Nations Conference on Environment and Development,
                   including the outcome of the nineteenth special session of
                   the General Assembly for the purpose of an overall
                   review and appraisal of the implementation of Agenda 21;

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

            (c)    Implementation of the outcome of the Global Conference on
                   the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing
                   States;

            (d)    Convention on Biological Diversity;

            (e)    Implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat
                   Desertification in Those Countries Experiencing Serious
                   Drought and/or Desertification, Particularly in Africa.

         6. Operational activities for development (P.98). 35/

         7. Training and research (P.99):

            (a)    United Nations University;
 
            (b)    United Nations Institute for Training and Research.

         8. Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the occupied
            Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, and of the Arab
            population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural
            resources (P.100).

         9. Implementation of the first United Nations Decade for the
            Eradication of Poverty (1997-2006) (P.101).


         Third Committee

         1. Report of the Economic and Social Council [chapters I, III, V, VI,
            VIII (sections A, C and I) and X] (P.12). 36/

         2. Social development, including questions relating to the world
            social situation and to youth, ageing, disabled persons and the
            family (P.103).

         3. Crime prevention and criminal justice (P.104).

         4. International drug control (P.105). 3/

         5. Advancement of women (P.106). 37/

         6. Implementation of the outcome of the Fourth World Conference on
            Women (P.107).

         7. Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
            questions relating to refugees and displaced persons and
            humanitarian questions (P.108).

         8. Promotion and protection of the rights of children (P.109).

         9. Programme of activities of the International Decade of the World's
            Indigenous People (P.110).

         10.   Elimination of racism and racial discrimination (P.111).

         11.   Right of peoples to self-determination (P.112).

         12.   Human rights questions (P.113):

               (a)    Implementation of human rights instruments;

               (b)    Human rights questions, including alternative approaches
                      for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights
                      and fundamental freedoms; 38/

               (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; 11/

               (e)    Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human
                      Rights.



         Fifth Committee

         1. Financial reports and audited financial statements, and reports of
            the Board of Auditors (P.114): 12/

            (a)    United Nations;

            (b)    United Nations Development Programme;

            (c)    United Nations Children's Fund;

            (d)    United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine
                   Refugees in the Near East;

            (e)    United Nations Institute for Training and Research;

            (f)    Voluntary funds administered by the United Nations High
                   Commissioner for Refugees;

            (g)    Fund of the United Nations Environment Programme;

            (h)    United Nations Population Fund;

            (i)    United Nations Habitat and Human Settlements Foundation;

            (j)    Fund of the United Nations International Drug Control
                   Programme;

            (k)    United Nations Office for Project Services.

         2. Review of the efficiency of the administrative and financial
            functioning of the United Nations (P.115). 4/

         3. Programme budget for the biennium 1998 1999 (P.116). 4/

         4. Programme planning (P.117).

         5. Improving the financial situation of the United Nations (P.118).8/

         6. Administrative and budgetary coordination of the United Nations
            with the specialized agencies and the International Atomic Energy
            Agency (P.119).

         7. Pattern of conferences (P.120). 12/

         8. Scale of assessments for the apportionment of the expenses of the
            United Nations (P.121). 3/

         9. Human resources management (P.122). 4/

         10.   United Nations common system (P.123). 3/

         11.   United Nations pension system (P.124).

         12.   Financing of the United Nations peacekeeping forces in the
               Middle East (P.125): 4/

               (a)    United Nations Disengagement Observer Force;

               (b)    United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon.

         13.   Financing of the United Nations Angola Verification Mission and
               the United Nations Observer Mission in Angola (P.126). 4/

         14.   Financing of the activities arising from Security Council
               resolution 687 (1991) (P.127):

               (a)    United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission; 4/

               (b)    Other activities.

         15.   Financing of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in
               Western Sahara (P.128). 4/

         16.   Financing and liquidation of the United Nations Transitional
               Authority in Cambodia (P.129). 4/

         17.   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). 4/

         18.   Financing of the United Nations Operation in Somalia II
               (P.131). 8/

         19.   Financing of the United Nations Operation in Mozambique
               (P.132). 4/

         20.   Financing of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus
               (P.133). 4/

         21.   Financing of the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia
               (P.134). 4/

         22.   Financing of the United Nations Mission in Haiti (P.135). 4/

         23.   Financing of the United Nations Observer Mission in Liberia
               (P.136). 3/

         24.   Financing of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda
               (P.137). 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.138). 3/

         26.   Financing of the United Nations Mission of Observers in
               Tajikistan (P.139). 4/

         27.   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.140). 4/

         28.   Financing of the United Nations Mission in Bosnia and
               Herzegovina (P.141). 4/

         29.   Financing of the United Nations Transitional Administration for
               Eastern Slavonia, Baranja and Western Sirmium and the Civilian
               Police Support Group (P.142). 4/

         30.   Financing of the United Nations Preventive Deployment Force
               (P.143). 4/

         31.   Financing of the United Nations Support Mission in Haiti, the
               United Nations Transition Mission in Haiti and the United
               Nations Civilian Police Mission in Haiti (P.144). 4/

         32.   Financing of the Military Observer Group of the United Nations
               Verification Mission in Guatemala (P.145). 8/

         33.   Administrative and budgetary aspects of the financing of the
               United Nations peacekeeping operations (P.146): 4/

               (a)    Financing of the United Nations peacekeeping operations;

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

         34.   Report of the Secretary-General on the activities of the Office
               of Internal Oversight Services (P.147 (a)). 4/

         35.   Review of the implementation of General Assembly resolution
               48/218 B (P.147 (b)).

         36.   Financing of the United Nations Mission in the Central African
               Republic (P.163). 4/

         37.   Report of the Economic and Social Council [chapters I, VIII
               (sections B and C) and X] (P.12). 39/

         38.   Appointments to fill vacancies in subsidiary organs and other
               appointments (P.17): 40/

               (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)    International Civil Service Commission:

                      (i) Appointment of members of the Commission;

                     (ii) Designation of the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the
                          Commission.


         Sixth Committee

         1. Status of the Protocols Additional to the Geneva Conventions of
            1949 and relating to the protection of victims of armed conflicts
            (P.148).

         2. Consideration of effective measures to enhance the protection,
            security and safety of diplomatic and consular missions and
            representatives (P.149).

         3. Convention on jurisdictional immunities of States and their
            property (P.150).

         4. United Nations Decade of International Law (P.151):

            (a)    United Nations Decade of International Law;

            (b)    Progress in the action dedicated to the 1999 centennial of
                   the first International Peace Conference and to the closing
                   of the United Nations Decade of International Law;

            (c)    Draft guiding principles for international negotiations.

         5. Report of the International Law Commission on the work of its
            fiftieth session (P.152).

         6. Report of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law
            on the work of its thirty-first session (P.153).

         7. Report of the Committee on Relations with the Host Country
            (P.154).

         8. Establishment of an international criminal court (P.155).

         9. Report of the Special Committee on the Charter of the United
            Nations and on the Strengthening of the Role of the Organization
            (P.156).

         10.   Measures to eliminate international terrorism (P.157).

         11.   Review of the Statute of the Administrative Tribunal of the
               United Nations (P.158).


                                   Notes

1/ Official Records of the General Assembly, Forty-first Session, Supplement
No. 49 (A/41/49).

2/ Abbreviations used in the present document:
          (P. ):  item on the provisional agenda (A/53/150);
          (S. ):  item on the supplementary list (A/53/200);
          (A. ):  additional item (A/53/231).

3/ This item remains also on the agenda of the fifty-second session (decision
52/459 of 22 December 1997).

4/This item remains also on the agenda of the fifty-second session (see
A/52/PV.88).

5/ This item remains also on the agenda of the fifty-second session (see
A/52/PV.89).

6/ See para. 46.

7/ This item remains also on the agenda of the fifty-second session (see
A/52/PV.86).

8/ This item, which has not been considered by the General Assembly at its
fifty-second session, remains on the agenda of that session (decision 52/459
of 22 December 1997). Its inclusion in the provisional agenda of the
fifty-third session is subject to any action that the Assembly may take on it
at its fifty-second session.
 
9/ See para. 44.

10/ See para. 45.

11/ This sub-item also remains on the agenda of the fifty-second session
(decision 52/426 of 12 December 1997).

12/ This item remains also on the agenda of the fifty-second session (see
A/52/PV.82).

13/See para. 46.

14/See para. 46.

15/ Official Records of the General Assembly, Fifth-third session, Supplement
No. 3 (A/53/3).

16/ This item has not been considered since the thirty-seventh session.

17/ For the abbreviations used in the allocation of items, see footnote 2.

18/ See para. 50; see also footnote 3.

19/ The chapters of the report listed below would be referred also to the
Second, Third and Fifth Committees, as follows:
   (a)  Chapters I, VIII (section C) and X ....Second, Third and Fifth
                                                  Committees
   (b)  Chapters II and IV ....................Second Committee
   (c)  Chapters III, V and VIII (section A) ..Second and Third Committees
   (d)  Chapter VI ............................Third Committee
   (e)  Chapter VIII (section B) ..............Second and Fifth Committees
    For further details, see para. 51.

20/ See para. 56.

21/ For sub-items (a) to (f), see "Fifth Committee", item 38.

22/ See para. 52.

23/ See para. 53.

24/See para. 54.

25/ See para. 44.

26/ See para. 55; see also footnote 8.

27/ See para. 59.

28/ See para. 56.

29/ See para. 57.

30/ See para. 45.

31/ For further details, see para. 51.

32/ See para. 52.

33/ 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, VIII (section C) and X ... Plenary meetings and Third and
                                                  Fifth Committees
   (b)  Chapters II and IV ................... Plenary meetings
   (c)  Chapters III, V and VIII (section A) . Plenary meetings and Third
                                                  Committee
   (d)  Chapter VIII (section B) ............. Plenary meetings and Fifth
                                                  Committee
    For further details, see para. 51.

34/ See para. 58.

35/ See para. 60.

36/ 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, VIII (section C) and X ... Plenary meetings and Second and
                                                  Fifth Committees
   (b)  Chapters III, V and VIII (section A) . Plenary meetings and Second
                                                  Committee
   (c)  Chapter VI ........................... Plenary meetings
    For further details, see para. 51.

37/ See para. 60.

38/ See para. 53.

39/ 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, VIII (section C) and X ... Plenary meetings, Second and
                                                  Third Committees
   (b)  Chapter VIII (section B) ............. Plenary meetings and Second
                                                  Committee
    For further details, see para. 51.

40/ For sub-items (g) to (j), see "Plenary meetings", item 17.

 

    

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