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A/53/251


General Assembly

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15 September 1998

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                                                         A/53/251
       
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General Assembly
Fifty-third session


         Agenda of the fifty-third session of the General Assembly


       Adopted by the General Assembly at its 3rd plenary meeting, on
                           15 September 1998


         1. Opening of the session by the Chairman of the delegation of   
            Ukraine.

         2. Minute of silent prayer or meditation.

         3. Credentials of representatives to the fifty-third session of the
            General Assembly:

            (a)    Appointment of the members of the Credentials Committee;

            (b)    Report of the Credentials Committee.

         4. Election of the President of the General Assembly.

         5. Election of the officers of the Main Committees.

         6. Election of the Vice-Presidents of the General Assembly.

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

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

         9. General debate.

         10.   Report of the Secretary-General on the work of the
               Organization.

         11.   Report of the Security Council.

         12.   Report of the Economic and Social Council.

         13.   Report of the International Court of Justice.

         14.   Report of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

         15.   Elections to fill vacancies in principal organs:

               (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:

               (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:

               (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.

         19.   Admission of new Members to the United Nations.

         20.   Strengthening of the coordination of humanitarian and disaster
               relief assistance of the United Nations, including special
               economic assistance:

               (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.

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

         23.   Cooperation between the United Nations and the Caribbean
               Community.

         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.

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

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

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

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

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

         30.   United Nations reform: measures and proposals.

         31.   Culture of peace.

         32.   Zone of peace and cooperation of the South Atlantic.

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

         34.   Cooperation between the United Nations and the Economic
               Cooperation Organization.

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

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

         37.   Implementation of the outcome of the World Summit for Social
               Development.

         38.   Oceans and the law of the sea:

               (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.

         40.   The situation in the Middle East.

         41.   The situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

         42.   Assistance in mine clearance.

         43.   The situation of democracy and human rights in Haiti.

         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.

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

         46.   Fiftieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human
               Rights:

               (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.

         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.

         49.   Question of the Falkland Islands (Malvinas).

         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.

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

         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.

         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.

         54.   Consequences of the Iraqi occupation of and aggression against
               Kuwait.

         55.   Implementation of the resolutions of the United Nations.

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

         57.   Question of the Comorian island of Mayotte.

         58.   Strengthening of the United Nations system.

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

         60.   Revitalization of the work of the General Assembly.

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

         62.   Question of Cyprus.

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

         64.   Maintenance of international security -- prevention of the
               violent disintegration of States.

         65.   Reduction of military budgets:

               (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.

         67.   Establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the region of
               the Middle East.

         68.   Establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in South Asia.

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

         70.   Prevention of an arms race in outer space.

         71.   General and complete disarmament:

               (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:

               (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:

               (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.

         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.

         76.   Strengthening of security and cooperation in the Mediterranean
               region.

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

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

         79.   Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.

         80.   Rationalization of the work and reform of the agenda of the
               First Committee.

         81.   Effects of atomic radiation.

         82.   International cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space.

         83.   United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees
               in the Near East.

         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.

         85.   Comprehensive review of the whole question of peacekeeping
               operations in all their aspects.

         86.   Questions relating to information.

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

         88.   Economic and other activities which affect the interests of the
               peoples of the Non-Self-Governing Territories.

         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.

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

         91.   Macroeconomic policy questions:

               (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:

               (a)    Business and development;

               (b)    Industrial development cooperation.

         93.   Sustainable development and international economic cooperation:

               (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:

               (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.

         96.   Training and research:

               (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.

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

         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.

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

         101.  Crime prevention and criminal justice.

         102.  International drug control.

         103.  Advancement of women.

         104.  Implementation of the outcome of the Fourth World Conference on
               Women.

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

         106.  Promotion and protection of the rights of children.

         107.  Programme of activities of the International Decade of the
               World's Indigenous People.

         108.  Elimination of racism and racial discrimination.

         109.  Right of peoples to self-determination.

         110.  Human rights questions:

               (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:

               (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.

         113.  Programme budget for the biennium 1998 1999.

         114.  Programme planning.

         115.  Improving the financial situation of the United Nations.

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

         117.  Pattern of conferences.

         118.  Scale of assessments for the apportionment of the expenses of
               the United Nations.

         119.  Human resources management.

         120.  United Nations common system.

         121.  United Nations pension system.

         122.  Financing of the United Nations peacekeeping forces in the
               Middle East:

               (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.

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

               (a)    United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission;

               (b)    Other activities.

         125.  Financing of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in
               Western Sahara .

         126.  Financing and liquidation of the United Nations Transitional
               Authority in Cambodia.

         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.

         128.  Financing of the United Nations Operation in Somalia II.

         129.  Financing of the United Nations Operation in Mozambique.

         130.  Financing of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus.

         131.  Financing of the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia.

         132.  Financing of the United Nations Mission in Haiti.

         133.  Financing of the United Nations Observer Mission in Liberia.

         134.  Financing of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda.

         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.

         136.  Financing of the United Nations Mission of Observers in
               Tajikistan.

         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.

         138.  Financing of the United Nations Mission in Bosnia and
               Herzegovina.

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

         140.  Financing of the United Nations Preventive Deployment Force.

         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.

         142.  Financing of the Military Observer Group of the United Nations
               Verification Mission in Guatemala.

         143.  Administrative and budgetary aspects of the financing of the
               United Nations peacekeeping operations:

               (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.

         145.  Review of the implementation of General Assembly resolution
               48/218 B.

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

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

         148.  Convention on jurisdictional immunities of States and their
               property.

         149.  United Nations Decade of International Law:

               (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.

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

         152.  Report of the Committee on Relations with the Host Country.

         153.  Establishment of an international criminal court.

         154.  Report of the Special Committee on the Charter of the United
               Nations and on the Strengthening of the Role of the
               Organization.

         155.  Measures to eliminate international terrorism.

         156.  Review of the Statute of the Administrative Tribunal of the
               United Nations.

         157.  Bethlehem 2000.

         158.  World Solar Programme 1996 2005.

         159.  Observer status for the Association of Caribbean States in the
               General Assembly .

         160.  Global implications of the year 2000 date conversion problem of
               computers.

         161.  Financing of the United Nations Mission in the Central African
               Republic.

         162.  Observer status for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation
               and Development in the General Assembly.

         163.  Financing of the United Nations Observer Mission in Sierra
               Leone.

         164.  Causes of conflict and the promotion of durable peace and
               sustainable development in Africa.

         165.  Joint Inspection Unit.

         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.

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