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A/53/272/Add.1Addendum


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

15 September 1998

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General Assembly
Fifty-third session
Agenda item 21
Cooperation between the United Nations 
  and the Organization of American States


          Cooperation between the United Nations and the
                  Organization of American States


                  Report of the Secretary-General


                            Addendum


Contents         

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II.  Implementation of General Assembly resolution 51/4     1-4       2

     C.  Information received from the United Nations 
         system  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .      1-4       2

         Department of Economic and Social Affairs . .      1-4       2


      II.    Implementation of General Assembly resolution 51/4


       C.    Information received from the United Nations system


             Department of Economic and Social Affairs

         1. In the context of monitoring the implementation of the Programme
of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States,
1/ the Department of Economic and Social Affairs exchanges information on
activities related to the implementation of the Programme of Action with the
Organization of American States (OAS). This exchange helps keep the
organization abreast of the work of the Commission on Sustainable
Development on issues related to small island developing States. It also helps
provide the Commission with current information on the implementation of the
Programme of Action in the Caribbean. The Department relies on information
from the organization for reporting to the Commission. Since OAS is actively
involved in sustainable development activities in Caribbean small island
developing States, and is the executor of significant sustainable
development projects, the information it supplied has been very useful to the
Commission in its deliberations on sustainable development issues related to
small island developing States.

         2. The Department maintained contacts with OAS and, on several
occasions, areas of possible cooperation were explored jointly. OAS
participated in a consultative meeting among regional institutions, organized
by the United Nations and convened in New York in February 1998, which
followed up on decisions taken by the General Assembly during its nineteenth
special session, held to review and appraise the implementation of Agenda
21 and other outcomes of the United Nations Conference on Environment and
Development. The meeting focused on actions that regional institutions, such
as OAS, could take to promote increased regional implementation of Agenda 21
and helped to identify key regional actions that could further sustainable
development objectives.

         3. Under the United Nations Trust Fund for New and Renewable Sources
of Energy established by the Government of Italy, technical cooperation
activities have been undertaken to assist small island developing States,
including States members of OAS, to promote the use of solar home systems for
lighting and for powering small appliances such as radios, televisions,
cassette recorders, refrigerators and water purifiers, thereby contributing to
improving the quality of life of people living in remote locations and
reducing their reliance on imported fossil fuels. Projects have been developed
for Grenada and Saint Lucia. Training of personnel is also envisaged under
this technical cooperation activity.

         4. Exchange of information and substantive reports was pursued with
OAS on the advancement of the status of women, youth matters and the
eradication of poverty. The youth focal points of OAS participated in the
preparations for the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth, held
at Lisbon, Portugal, from 8 to 12 August 1998. OAS attended the international
preparatory meetings for the Conference and the Conference itself.


                                Note


               1/   Report of the Global Conference on the Sustainable
                    Development of Small Island Developing States,
                    Bridgetown, Barbados, 25 April 6 May 1994 (United Nations
                    publication, Sales No. E.94.I.18), chap. I, resolution 1,
                    annex II.

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