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A/53/250


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

11 September 1998

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                                                       A/53/250
       
                                                       Original: English

       
General Assembly       
Fifty-third session


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


                 First report of the General Committee


Contents         

                                                    Paragraphs   Page

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

 II.  Organization of the session. . . . . . . . . . .  5-41       2

III.  Observations on the organization of future 
      sessions of the General Assembly . . . . . . . . 42-43      10

 IV.  Adoption of the agenda . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44-58      11

  V.  Allocation of items. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59-61      23


             I.    Introduction


         1. At its first and second meetings, on 11 September 1998, the
General Committee considered a memorandum by the Secretary-General relating to
the organization of the fifty-third regular session and future sessions of the
General Assembly, the adoption of the agenda and the allocation of items
(A/BUR/53/1 and Add.1). A summary of the discussion will appear in the summary
records of the meetings (A/BUR/53/SR.1 and 2).

         2. At the suggestion of the Secretary-General in paragraph 3 of his
memorandum (A/BUR/53/1), the General Committee draws the attention of the
General Assembly to the provisions reproduced in annexes V, VI, VII and VIII
to its rules of procedure.

         3. The General Committee took note of annex I to General Assembly
resolution 48/264 of 29 July 1994, entitled "Guidelines on the rationalization
of the agenda of the General Assembly" and of the annex to resolution 51/241
of 31 July 1997, entitled "Strengthening of the United Nations system". The
provisions of the resolutions are reflected in the present document under the
relevant headings.

         4. In this connection, the Committee draws 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 General Committee took note of the General Assembly decisions
relevant to its work that were brought to the Committee's attention by the
Secretary-General in paragraph 5 of his memorandum (A/BUR/53/1).


             B.    Rationalization of work


         6. The General Committee took note (A/BUR/53/1, paras. 6 and 7) of
the measures undertaken by the Secretary-General 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 to Review the Efficiency of the
Administrative and Financial Functioning of the United Nations 1/ as reflected
in his progress reports on the implementation of General Assembly resolution
41/213 of 19 December 1986, entitled "Review of the efficiency of
the administrative and financial functioning of the United Nations". The
Committee also took note of 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".

         7. At the suggestion of the Secretary-General (A/BUR/53/1, para. 8),
the General Committee draws 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 small delegations."

         8. In this connection, the Committee also draws 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. The General Committee took note of 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, as the General 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 recommends to the Assembly that the
session should recess on Friday, 11 December 1998.

         11.   The Committee also recommends 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


         12.   At the suggestion of the Secretary-General (A/BUR/53/1, para.
11), the General Committee recommends to the General Assembly that 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
also recommends to the Assembly that, as a cost-saving measure, every effort
should be made to ensure that plenary meetings and meetings of the Main
Committees adjourn by 6 p.m., and that no meetings be held on weekends. The
Committee also recommends 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 of the United Nations.

         13.   Also at the suggestion of the Secretary-General (ibid., para.
12), the General Committee recommends that, in order to avoid the late start
of meetings, the General Assembly should waive 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 is 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.

         14.   In this connection, the General Committee also recommends 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


         15.   The General Committee took note of the fact that 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."

         16.   The General Committee draws 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."

         17.   The General Committee endorsed the suggestion of the
Secretary-General 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).

         18.   The General Committee also draws 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


         19.   At the suggestion of the Secretary-General (A/BUR/53/1, para.
18), the General Committee draws the attention of the General Assembly 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."

         20.   At the suggestion of the Secretary-General (A/BUR/53/1, para.
19), the General Committee, in line with time limits for explanations of vote
and right of reply, recommends to the General Assembly that points of order
should be limited to five minutes.

         21.   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, draws 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."

         22.   In this connection, the Committee also draws 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."

         23.   Furthermore, in connection with the length of statements, with
a view to streamlining the procedures of the General Assembly and as a
cost-saving measure, the General Committee draws 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


         24.   As at past sessions (A/BUR/53/1, para. 21), 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 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 recommends 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 draws the 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 also recommends 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.   Concluding statements


         25.   At the suggestion of the Secretary-General (A/BUR/53/1, para.
23), the General Committee draws the General Assembly's attention to paragraph
17 of its decision 34/401 (A/520/Rev.15, 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."


              I.   Resolutions


         26.   At the suggestion of the Secretary-General (A/BUR/53/1, para.
24), the General Committee draws the General Assembly's attention to paragraph
32 of its decision 34/401, which reads as follows:

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

         27.   Furthermore, at the suggestion of the Secretary-General (ibid.,
para. 25), the General Committee draws the General Assembly's attention to
recommendation 3 (f) of the Group of High-level Intergovernmental Experts,
which reads as follows:

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

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

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


         29.   The General Committee also draws 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).


              J.   Documentation


         30.   On the proposal of the Secretary-General (A/BUR/53/1, para.
28), the General Committee draws the General Assembly's attention to paragraph
28 of its decision 34/401, which reads as follows:

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

         31.   The General Committee also draws 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 also draws the attention of the Assembly to paragraph 4 of
resolution 50/206 C of 23 December 1995, 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".

         32.   The General Committee further draws 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."


              K.   Questions related to the programme budget


         33.   At the suggestion of the Secretary-General (A/BUR/53/1, paras.
31 and 32), who referred to rule 153 of the rules of procedure, the General
Committee draws the General Assembly's attention to paragraphs 12 and 13 of
its decision 34/401, which read 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;

               "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 organs 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 43.

         34.   The General Committee also draws 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."

         35.   Also at the suggestion of the Secretary-General (ibid., para.
31), the General Committee draws the General Assembly's attention to
regulation 4.9 of the Regulations Governing Programme Planning, the Programme
Aspects of the Budget, the Monitoring of Implementation and the Methods of
Evaluation (resolution 37/234, annex), which reads as follows:

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

         36.   In connection with subparagraph 13 (d) of decision 34/401
quoted above, the General Committee wishes to draw the attention of the
General Assembly to the observations of the Secretary-General (A/BUR/53/1,
paras. 33 and 34) regarding the fact that, depending on the type and
complexity of 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. The
Secretary-General thus considers it 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.


              L.   Observances and commemorative meetings


         37.   At the suggestion of the Secretary-General (A/BUR/53/1, para.
35), the General Committee recommends to the General Assembly that, allowing
for the necessary flexibility and with the exception of the anniversary of the
United Nations, the 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 also
recommends that consideration be given to limiting each statement to
15 minutes.

         38.   The General Committee further recommends, at the suggestion of
the Secretary-General (ibid., para. 36), that observances and commemorative
meetings should 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.


              M.   Special conferences


         39.   At the suggestion of the Secretary-General (A/BUR/53/1, para.
37), the General Committee draws 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 also draws the Assembly's attention to
recommendation 2(d) of the Group of High-level Intergovernmental Experts,
which reads as follows:

               "Until 1978, a number of resolutions had requested that only
         one major conference be scheduled annually. The decision of the
         General Assembly that no more than five special conferences should
         take place in a given year and that no more than one special
         conference should be convened at the same time should be strictly
         implemented."

         40.   Furthermore, at the suggestion of the Secretary-General (ibid.,
para. 38), the General Committee draws 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."


              N.   Meetings of subsidiary organs


         41.   The General Committee, in the light of recommendations
submitted by the Committee on Conferences (A/53/298), recommends to the
General Assembly, 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 the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the
Palestinian People;

            (b)    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


         42.   The General Committee draws the attention of the General
Assembly 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 ...".

         43.   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 recommends 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


         44.   The General Committee considered the draft agenda of the
fifty-third session submitted by the Secretary-General in his memorandum
(A/BUR/53/1 and add.1). All the items contained in the draft agenda formed
part of 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/53/232).

         45.   The General Committee took note of 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 attention of the General Committee was drawn
to paragraphs 23 to 26 of the annex to resolution 51/241. In addition, bearing
in mind the extremely heavy workload of the General Assembly and the need to
make the most effective use of scarce resources, the General Committee took
note of the suggestion by the Secretary-General to consider deferring to a
later session items for which decisions or action are not required at the main
part of the present session.

         46.   Concerning item 62 of the draft agenda (The situation in
Burundi), the General Committee decided to recommend the deletion of the item
from the agenda of the fifty-third session.

         47.   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 General Committee decided to
recommend that the item should read: "Economic and other activities which
affect the interests of the peoples of the Non-Self-Governing Territories".

         48.   With regard to item 92 of the draft agenda (Question of the
Malagasy islands of Glorieuses, Juan de Nova, Europa and Bassas da India), the
General Committee decided to recommend that the consideration of the item
should be deferred to the fifty-fourth session and that the item should be
included in the provisional agenda of that session.

         49.   In connection with item 93 of the draft agenda (Question of
East Timor), the General Committee decided to recommend that the consideration
of the item should be deferred to the fifty-fourth session and that the item
should be included in the provisional agenda of that session.

         50.   With regard to item 160 of the draft agenda (Bethlehem 2000),
the General Committee decided to recommend its inclusion.

         51.   In connection with item 161 of the draft agenda (World Solar
Programme 1996 2005), the General Committee decided to recommend its
inclusion.

         52.   With regard to item 162 of the draft agenda (Observer status
for the Association of Caribbean States in the General Assembly), the General
Committee decided to recommend its inclusion.

         53.   In connection with item 165 of the draft agenda (Observer
status for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in the
General Assembly), the General Committee decided to recommend its inclusion.

         54.   With regard to item 166 of the draft agenda (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), the General Committee decided not
to recommend its inclusion.

         55.   In connection with item 167 of the draft agenda (Financing of
the United Nations Observer Mission in Sierra Leone), the General Committee
decided to recommend its inclusion.

         56.   With regard to item 168 of the draft agenda (Fiftieth
anniversary of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of
Genocide), the General Committee decided to recommend its inclusion as a
sub-item of item 46 of the draft agenda (Fiftieth anniversary of the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights).

         57.   In connection with item 169 of the draft agenda (Causes of
conflict and the promotion of durable peace and sustainable development in
Africa), the General Committee decided to recommend its inclusion.

         58.   Taking into account paragraphs 44 to 57 above, the General
Committee recommends to the General Assembly the adoption of the following
agenda: 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).

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

         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;

               (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;

               (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).

         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):

               (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).

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

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

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

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

         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).

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

         46.   Fiftieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human
               Rights (P.46): 3/

               (a)    Fiftieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of
                      Human Rights;

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

         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).

         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).

         62.   Question of Cyprus (P.63).

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

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

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

               (a)    Reduction of military budgets;

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

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

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

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

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

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

         71.   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.

         72.   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.

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

               (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.

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

         75.   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).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

         84.   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).

         85.   Comprehensive review of the whole question of peacekeeping
               operations in all their aspects (P.86).

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

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

         88.   Economic and other activities which affect the interests of the
               peoples of the Non-Self-Governing Territories (P.89). 4/

         89.   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).

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

         91.   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.

         92.   Sectoral policy questions (P.95):

               (a)    Business and development;
  
               (b)    Industrial development cooperation.

         93.   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.

         94.   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.

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

         96.   Training and research (P.99):

               (a)    United Nations University;

               (b)    United Nations Institute for Training and Research.

         97.   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).

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

         99.   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).

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

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

         102.  International drug control (P.105).

         103.  Advancement of women (P.106).

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

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

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

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

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

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

         110.  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;

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

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

               (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.

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

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

         114.  Programme planning (P.117).

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

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

         117.  Pattern of conferences (P.120).

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

         119.  Human resources management (P.122).

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

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

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

               (a)    United Nations Disengagement Observer Force;
 
               (b)    United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon.

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

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

               (a)    United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission;

               (b)    Other activities.

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

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

         127.  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).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

         135.  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).

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

         137.  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).

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

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

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

         141.  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).

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

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

               (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.

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

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

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

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

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

         149.  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.

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

         151.  Report of the United Nations Commission on International Trade
               Law on the work of its thirty-first session (P.153).
    
         152.  Report of the Committee on Relations with the Host Country
               (P.154).

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

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

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

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

         157.  Bethlehem 2000 (P.159). 5/

         158.  World Solar Programme 1996-2005 (P.160). 6/

         159.  Observer status for the Association of Caribbean States in the
               General Assembly (P.161). 7/

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

         161.  Financing of the United Nations Mission in the Central African
               Republic (P.163).

         162.  Observer status for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation
               and Development in the General Assembly (P.164). 8/

         163.  Financing of the United Nations Observer Mission in Sierra
               Leone (S.1). 9/

         164.  Causes of conflict and the promotion of durable peace
               and sustainable development in Africa (A.1). 10/

         165.  Joint Inspection Unit (decision 52/467 C of 8 September 1998).

         166.  Election of judges 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 (decision 52/501 of 8
               September 1998).


             V.    Allocation of items


         59.   At the suggestion of the Secretary-General (A/BUR/53/1, para.
48), the General Committee draws 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 also draws the attention of the Assembly to paragraph 3
of annex I to resolution 48/264 and to the relevant paragraphs of resolutions
39/88 B and 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 General Committee also draws the General Assembly'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."

         60.   Taking into account the recommendations in section IV above
regarding the inclusion of items in the agenda, the General Committee approved
the allocation of items contained in paragraph 61 of the Secretary-General's
memorandum (A/BUR/53/1 and Add.1) with the following modifications:

               (a)    Plenary meetings

                      (i)    Item 10 (Report of the Secretary-General on the
                             work of the Organization)

                             The General Committee decided to recommend to the
                             General Assembly that, as was done at the last
                             session, it should hear a brief presentation by
                             the Secretary-General on 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.

                     (ii)    Item 18 (Implementation of the Declaration on the
                             Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries
                             and Peoples)

                   The General Committee decided to recommend that the General
               Assembly should refer to the Special Political and
               Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee) chapters of the
               report of the Special Committee (A/53/23) relating
               to specific Territories so that the Assembly might deal in
               plenary meeting with the question of the implementation of the
               Declaration as a whole.

                    (iii)    Item 46 (a) (Fiftieth anniversary of the
                             Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
                             and item 110 (b) (Human rights questions, 
                             including alternative approaches for improving
                             the effective enjoyment of human rights and
                             fundamental freedoms)

                   The General Committee decided to recommend to the General
               Assembly that, in the light of decision 52/424 of 12 December
               1997, the ceremony for the awarding of prizes in the field of
               human rights in 1998 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, in
               plenary meeting.

                      (iv)   Item 49 (Question of the Falkland Islands
                             (Malvinas))

                   The General Committee decided to recommend to the General
               Assembly that the item should be considered 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.

                      (v)    Item 62 (Question of Cyprus)

                   The General Committee decided to recommend that the General
               Assembly allocate the item at an appropriate time during the
               session.

                      (vi)   Item 99 (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 General Committee decided to recommend to the General
               Assembly that, in the light of paragraph 9 of resolution 52/205
               of 18 December 1997, the commemorative meeting to mark the
               occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the adoption of the
               Buenos Aires Plan of Action for Promoting and Implementing
               Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries should be
               held on Wednesday, 7 October 1998, in the morning.

                      (vii)  Item 157 (Bethlehem 2000)

                      The General Committee decided to recommend to the
               General Assembly that the item should be considered directly in
               plenary meeting.

                      (viii) Item 158 (World Solar Programme 1996 2005)

                      The General Committee decided to recommend to the
               General Assembly that the item should be considered directly in
               plenary meeting.

                      (ix)   Item 159 (Observer status for the Association of
               Caribbean States in the General Assembly) 

                      The General Committee decided to recommend to the
               General Assembly that the item should be considered directly in
               plenary meeting.

                      (x)    Item 162 (Observer status for the Organisation
               for Economic Cooperation and Development in the General
               Assembly)

                   The General Committee decided to recommend to the General
               Assembly that the item should be considered directly in plenary
               meeting.

                     (xi)   Item 164 (Causes of conflict and the promotion of
               durable peace and sustainable development in Africa)

                   The General Committee decided to recommend to the General
               Assembly that the item should be considered directly in plenary
               meeting.

                      (b)    First Committee

               Item 71 (General and complete disarmament)

                   The General Committee decided to recommend that the
               relevant paragraphs 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, should be drawn to
               the attention of the First Committee in connection with
               its consideration of item 71.

                      (c)    Special Political and Decolonization Committee
                             (Fourth Committee)

               Item 85 (Comprehensive review of the whole question of
               peacekeeping operations in all their aspects)

                   The General Committee decided to recommend to the General
               Assembly that, in the light of paragraph 2 of resolution 52/69
               of 10 December 1997, the commemorative meeting to mark the
               fiftieth anniversary of United Nations peacekeeping should be
               held on Tuesday, 6 October 1998, in the morning.      

                      (d)    Second Committee

               Item 93 (d) (Renewal of the dialogue on strengthening
               international economic cooperation for development through
               partnership)

                   The General Committee decided to recommend to the General
               Assembly that, in the light of resolution 50/122 of 20 December
               1997 and decision 52/480 of 4 June 1998, the high-level
               dialogue on the theme of the social and economic impact of
               globalization and interdependence and their policy
               implications should be held on Thursday, 17 September and
               Friday, 18 September 1998.

                      (e)    Third Committee

               Item 103 (Advancement of women)

                   The General Committee decided to recommend to the General
               Assembly that the report of the Administrator of the United
               Nations Development Programme on the operations, management and
               budget of the United Nations Development Fund for Women should
               be referred to the Second Committee for consideration under
               item 95 (Operational activities for development).

                      (f)    Fifth Committee

                      (i)    Item 163 (Financing of the United Nations
                             Observer Mission in Sierra Leone)

                   The General Committee decided to recommend to the General
               Assembly that the item should be allocated to the Fifth
               Committee.

                      (ii)   Item 165 (Joint Inspection Unit)

                   The General Committee decided to recommend to the General
               Assembly that the item should be allocated to the Fifth
               Committee, on the understanding that the reports of the Joint
               Inspection Unit dealing with subject matters assigned to other
               Main Committees would be also referred to those Committees.

                   61.   Taking into account paragraphs 59 and 60 above, the
               General Committee recommends to the General Assembly the
               adoption of the following allocation of items: 11/


         Plenary meetings

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

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

         3. Credentials of representatives to the fifty-third session of the
            General Assembly (D.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 (D.4).

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

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

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

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

         9. General debate (D.9).

         10.   Report of the Secretary-General on the work of the Organization
               (D.10). 12/

         11.   Report of the Security Council (D.11).

         12.   Report of the Economic and Social Council [chapters I to VII
               and VIII (sections A to C), IX and X] (D.12). 13/

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

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

         15.   Elections to fill vacancies in principal organs (D.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 (D.16):

               (a)    Election of seven members of the Committee for Programme
                      and Coordination;

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

         17.   Appointments to fill vacancies in subsidiary organs and other
               appointments (D.17): 15/

               (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 (D.18). 16/

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

         20.   Strengthening of the coordination of humanitarian and disaster
               relief assistance of the United Nations, including special
               economic assistance (D.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 (D.21).

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

         23.   Cooperation between the United Nations and the Caribbean
               Community (D.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 (D.24).

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

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

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

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

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

         30.   United Nations reform: measures and proposals (D.30).

         31.   Culture of peace (D.31).

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

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

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

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

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

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

         38.   Oceans and the law of the sea (D.38):

               (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 (D.39).

         40.   The situation in the Middle East (D.40).

         41.   The situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina (D.41).

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

         43.   The situation of democracy and human rights in Haiti (D.43).

         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 (D.44).

         45.   The situation in Afghanistan and its implications for
               international peace and security (D.45).

         46.   Fiftieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human
               Rights (D.46): 17/

               (a)    Fiftieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of
                      Human Rights;

               (b)    Fiftieth anniversary of the Convention on the Prevention
                      and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

         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 (D.47).

         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 (D.48).

         49.   Question of the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) (D.49). 18/

         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 (D.50).

         51.   Elimination of coercive economic measures as a means of
               political and economic compulsion (D.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 (D.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 (D.53).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

         62.   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
               (D.99). 19/

         63.   Bethlehem 2000 (D.157). 20/

         64.   World Solar Programme 1996 2005 (D.158). 21/

         65.   Observer status for the Association of Caribbean States in the
               General Assembly (D.159). 22/

         66.   Global implications of the year 2000 date conversion problem of
               computers (D.160).

         67.   Observer status for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation
               and Development in the General Assembly (D.162). 23/

         68.   Causes of conflict and the promotion of durable peace and
               sustainable development in Africa (D.164). 24/

         69.   Election of judges 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 (D.166).

         70.   Comprehensive review of the whole question of peacekeeping
               operations in all their aspects (D.85). 25/

         71.   Sustainable development and international economic cooperation
               (D.93):

               (d)    Renewal of the dialogue on strengthening international
                      economic cooperation for development through
                      partnership. 26/ 


         First Committee

         1. Role of science and technology in the context of international
            security, disarmament and other related fields (D.63).

         2. Maintenance of international security -- prevention of
            the violent disintegration of States (D.64).

         3. Reduction of military budgets (D.65):

            (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 (D.66).

         5. Establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the region of the
            Middle East (D.67).

         6. Establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in South Asia (D.68).

         7. Conclusion of effective international arrangements to assure
            non-nuclear-weapon States against the use or threat of use of
            nuclear weapons (D.69).

         8. Prevention of an arms race in outer space (D.70).

         9. General and complete disarmament (D.71): 27/

            (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 (D.72):

               (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 (D.73):

               (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 (D.74).

         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 (D.75).

         14.   Strengthening of security and cooperation in the Mediterranean
               region (D.76).

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

         16.   Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production
               and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin
               Weapons and on Their Destruction (D.78).

         17.   Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (D.79).

         18.   Rationalization of the work and reform of the agenda of the
               First Committee (D.80).


         Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee)

         1. Effects of atomic radiation (D.81).

         2. International cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space
            (D.82).

         3. United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in
            the Near East (D.83).

         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 (D.84).

         5. Comprehensive review of the whole question of peacekeeping
            operations in all their aspects (D.85). 28/

         6. Questions relating to information (D.86).

         7. Information from Non-Self-Governing Territories transmitted under
            Article 73 e of the Charter of the United Nations (D.87).

         8. Economic and other activities which affect the interests of the
            peoples of the Non-Self-Governing Territories (D.88). 29/

         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
            (D.89).

         10.   Report of the Economic and Social Council [chapter VIII
               (section D)] (D.12).

         11.   Offers by Member States of study and training facilities for
               inhabitants of Non-Self-Governing Territories (D.90).

         12.   Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of
               Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples (D.18). 30/

         13.   Question of the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) (D.49). 31/


         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] (D.12). 32/

         2. Macroeconomic policy questions (D.91):

            (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 (D.92):

            (a)    Business and development;

            (b)    Industrial development cooperation.

         4. Sustainable development and international economic cooperation
            (D.93):

            (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;
                   33/

            (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 (D.94):

            (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 (D.95). 34/

         7. Training and research (D.96):

            (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 (D.97).

         9. Implementation of the first United Nations Decade for the
            Eradication of Poverty (1997-2006) (D.98).


         Third Committee

         1. Report of the Economic and Social Council [chapters I, III, V, VI,
            VIII (sections A, C and I) and X] (D.12). 35/

         2. Social development, including questions relating to the world
            social situation and to youth, ageing, disabled persons and the
            family (D.100).

         3. Crime prevention and criminal justice (D.101).

         4. International drug control (D.102).

         5. Advancement of women (D.103). 36/

         6. Implementation of the outcome of the Fourth World Conference on
            Women (D.104).

         7. Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
            questions relating to refugees and displaced persons and
            humanitarian questions (D.105).

         8. Promotion and protection of the rights of children (D.106).

         9. Programme of activities of the International Decade of the World's
            Indigenous People (D.107).

         10.   Elimination of racism and racial discrimination (D.108).

         11.   Right of peoples to self-determination (D.109).

         12.   Human rights questions (D.110):

               (a)    Implementation of human rights instruments;

               (b)    Human rights questions, including alternative approaches
                      for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights
                      and fundamental freedoms; 37/

               (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;

               (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 (D.111):

            (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 (D.112).

         3. Programme budget for the biennium 1998 1999 (D.113).

         4. Programme planning (D.114).

         5. Improving the financial situation of the United Nations (D.115).

         6. Administrative and budgetary coordination of the United Nations
            with the specialized agencies and the International Atomic Energy
            Agency (D.116).

         7. Pattern of conferences (D.117).

         8. Scale of assessments for the apportionment of the expenses of the
            United Nations (D.118).

         9. Human resources management (D.119).

         10.   United Nations common system (D.120).

         11.   United Nations pension system (D.121).

         12.   Financing of the United Nations peacekeeping forces in the
               Middle East (D.122):

               (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 (D.123).

         14.   Financing of the activities arising from Security Council
               resolution 687 (1991) (D.124):

               (a)    United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission;

               (b)    Other activities.

         15.   Financing of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in
               Western Sahara (D.125).

         16.   Financing and liquidation of the United Nations Transitional
               Authority in Cambodia (D.126).

         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 (D.127).

         18.   Financing of the United Nations Operation in Somalia II
               (D.128).

         19.   Financing of the United Nations Operation in Mozambique
               (D.129).

         20.   Financing of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus
               (D.130).

         21.   Financing of the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia
               (D.131).

         22.   Financing of the United Nations Mission in Haiti (D.132).

         23.   Financing of the United Nations Observer Mission in Liberia
               (D.133).

         24.   Financing of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda
               (D.134).

         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 (D.135).

         26.   Financing of the United Nations Mission of Observers in
               Tajikistan (D.136).

         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
               (D.137).

         28.   Financing of the United Nations Mission in Bosnia and
               Herzegovina (D.138).

         29.   Financing of the United Nations Transitional Administration for
               Eastern Slavonia, Baranja and Western Sirmium and the Civilian
               Police Support Group (D.139).

         30.   Financing of the United Nations Preventive Deployment Force
               (D.140).

         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 (D.141).

         32.   Financing of the Military Observer Group of the United Nations
               Verification Mission in Guatemala (D.142).

         33.   Administrative and budgetary aspects of the financing of the
               United Nations peacekeeping operations (D.143):

               (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 (D.144).

         35.   Review of the implementation of General Assembly resolution
               48/218 B (D.145).

         36.   Financing of the United Nations Mission in the Central African
               Republic (D.161).

         37.   Financing of the United Nations Observer Mission in Sierra
               Leone (D.163). 38/

         38.   Joint Inspection Unit (D.165). 39/

         39.   Report of the Economic and Social Council [chapters I, VIII
               (sections B and C) and X] (D.12). 40/

         40.   Appointments to fill vacancies in subsidiary organs and other
               appointments (D.17): 41/

               (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
            (D.146).

         2. Consideration of effective measures to enhance the protection,
            security and safety of diplomatic and consular missions and
            representatives (D.147).

         3. Convention on jurisdictional immunities of States and their
            property (D.148).

         4. United Nations Decade of International Law (D.149):

            (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 (D.150).

         6. Report of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law
            on the work of its thirty-first session (D.151).

         7. Report of the Committee on Relations with the Host Country
            (D.152).

         8. Establishment of an international criminal court (D.153).

         9. Report of the Special Committee on the Charter of the United
            Nations and on the Strengthening of the Role of the Organization
            (D.154).

         10.   Measures to eliminate international terrorism (D.155).

         11.   Review of the Statute of the Administrative Tribunal of the
               United Nations (D.156).


                                     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/ See para. 56.

4/ See para. 47.

5/ See para. 50.

6/ See para. 51.

7/ See para. 52.

8/ See para. 53.

9/ See para. 55.

10/See para. 57.

11/The numbering in parentheses used in the allocation of items (D.  ) follows
the draft agenda in section IV (para. 58).

12/See para. 60 (a) (I).

13/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

14/See para. 60 (b).

15/For sub-items (a) to (f), see "Fifth Committee", item 40.

16/See para. 60 (a) (ii).

17/See para. 60 (a) (iii).

18/See para. 60 (a) (iv).

19/ See para. 60 (a) (vi).

20/ See para. 60 (a) (vii).

21/ See para. 60 (a) (viii).

22/ See para. 60 (a) (ix).

23/ See para. 60 (a) (x).

24/ See para. 60 (a) (xi).

25/ See para. 60 (c).

26/ See para. 60 (d).

27/ See para. 60 (b).

28/ See para. 60 (c).

29/ See para. 47.

30/ See para. 60 (a) (ii).

31/ See para. 60 (a) (iv).

32/ 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

33/See para. 60 (d).

34/See para. 60 (e).

35/ 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

36/ See para. 60 (e).

37/ See para. 60 (a) (iii).

38/ See para. 60 (f) (I).

39/ See para. 60 (f) (ii).

40/ 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

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

 

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