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A/53/608


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

19 November 1998

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Fifty-third session
Agenda item 93


         Sustainable development and international
         economic cooperation

         Report of the Second Committee */  (*The report of the Committee on
this item will be issued in eight parts, under the symbol A/53/608 and Add. 1-
7)

         Rapporteur: Mr. Uladzimir Gerus (Belarus)


              I.   Introduction

         1. At its 3rd plenary meeting, on 15 September 1998, the General
Assembly, on the recommendation of the General Committee, decided to include
in the agenda of its fifty-third session the item entitled:

            "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"

and to allocate it to the Second Committee.

         2. The Second Committee considered the item at its 16th to 18th,
27th, 28th, 30th and 31st meetings, on 19, 20, 29 and 30 October and 2
November 1998. An account of the Committee's discussion of the item is
contained in the relevant summary records (A/C.2/53/SR.16 18, 27, 28, 30 and
31). Attention is also drawn to the general debate held by the Committee at
its 3rd to 7th meetings, on 6, 8 and 9 October (see A/C.2/53/SR.3 7).
An account of the Committee's further consideration of the item will be given
in addenda to the present report, as follows:

                         Sub-item             Addendum
                             (a)                 1
                             (b)                 2
                             (c)                 3
                             (d)                 4
                             (e)                 5
                             (f)                 6
                             (g)                 7

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


         Item 93. Sustainable development and international economic           
                  cooperation

         Report of the Secretary-General on the utilization of the development
dividend (A/53/374)

         Note by the Secretary-General transmitting the report of the
Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization on communication for development programmes in the United Nations
system (A/53/296)

         Letter dated 26 January 1998 from the Permanent Representatives of
Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan to the United Nations addressed to the
Secretary-General (A/53/60)

         Letter dated 26 January 1998 from the Permanent Representatives of
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan to the United
Nations addressed to the Secretary-General (A/53/62)

         Letter dated 2 February 1998 from the Permanent Representative of
Japan to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting
the report of the International Conference on Preventive Strategy, held at
Tokyo from 13 to 15 January 1998 (A/53/63 S/1998/100)

         Letter dated 5 February 1998 from the Permanent Representatives of
Bangladesh, India and Pakistan to the United Nations addressed to the
Secretary-General, transmitting the Joint Declaration of the
Bangladesh-India-Pakistan Business Summit, held at Dhaka on 15 January 1998
(A/53/69)

         Letter dated 23 February 1998 from the Charge' d'affaires a.i. of the
Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations
addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting the final communique' of the
eighth session of the Islamic Summit Conference, held at Tehran from 9 to 11
December 1997 (A/53/72 S/1998/156)

         Letter dated 8 April 1998 from the Permanent Representative of Qatar
to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting the
final communique' of the twenty-fifth session of the Islamic Conference of
Foreign Ministers, held at Doha from 15 to 17 March 1998 (A/53/95 S/1998/311)


         Letter dated 9 April 1998 from the Permanent Representatives of
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan to the United Nations
addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting the declaration by the Heads
of State of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan on the further
intensification of regional integration, and the Tashkent Declaration of 26
March 1998 on the United Nations special programme for the economies of
Central Asia (A/53/96)

         Letter dated 14 May 1998 from the Permanent Representative of Ukraine
to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General (A/53/124)

         Letter dated 23 June 1998 from the Permanent Representatives of
Turkey and Ukraine to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General
(A/53/155)

         Note verbale dated 1 July 1998 from the Permanent Mission of Bulgaria
to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting the
Yalta Summit Declaration adopted on 5 June 1998 by the Heads of State or
Government of the Participating States of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation
(A/53/168)

         Letter dated 22 July 1998 from the Permanent Representatives of
Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to the United Nations addressed to the
Secretary-General (A/53/204)

         Letter dated 10 September 1998 from the Permanent Representatives of
the Russian Federation and the United States of America to the United Nations
addressed to the Secretary-General (A/53/371 S/1998/848)

         Letter dated 15 September 1998 from the Permanent Representative of
Kyrgyzstan to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General (A/53/396)

         Letter dated 17 September 1998 from the Permanent Representatives of
Georgia and Romania to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General
(A/53/411)

         Letter dated 17 September 1998 from the Permanent Representatives of
Armenia and Romania to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General
(A/53/412)

         Letter dated 16 September 1998 from the Permanent Representative of
the Federated States of Micronesia to the United Nations addressed to the
Secretary-General, transmitting the communique' of the twenty-ninth South
Pacific Forum, held at Palikir, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, on 24
and 25 August 1998 (A/53/416)

         Letter dated 30 September 1998 from the Permanent Representative of
Kazakhstan to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General (A/53/447
and Corr.1)

         Letter dated 30 September 1998 from the Permanent Representatives of
the Islamic Republic of Iran and Turkmenistan to the United Nations addressed
to the Secretary-General (A/53/453)

         Letter dated 11 November 1998 from the Permanent Representative of
Indonesia to the United Nations, on behalf of the States Members of the United
Nations that are members of the Group of 77 and China, addressed to the
Chairman of the Second Committee (A/53/664)

         Letter dated 8 October 1998 from the representatives of Azerbaijan,
Bulgaria, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Poland, the Republic of
Moldova, Romania, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine and Uzbekistan to the United
Nations addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting the Baku Declaration
adopted at the International Conference on Restoration of the Historic Silk
Route, held at Baku on 7 and 8 September 1998 (A/C.2/53/4)


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

        Report of the Secretary-General on 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, and implementation of the
International Development Strategy for the Fourth United Nations Development
Decade (A/53/301)


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

         Report of the Secretary-General (A/53/336 and Add.1)

         Note verbale dated 10 July 1998 from the Permanent Mission of
Turkmenistan to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General
(A/53/174)


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

         Report of the Secretary-General on proposals on the scope and
organizational aspects of the special session of the General Assembly on the
overall review and appraisal of the implementation of the Habitat Agenda
(A/53/267)

         Report of the Secretary-General on an assessment of the United
Nations Centre for Human Settlements (A/53/512)


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

         Letter dated 9 March 1998 from the Permanent Representatives of Japan
and Senegal to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General,
transmitting the Co-Chairmen's summary report on the first meeting of the
Preparatory Committee for the Second Tokyo International Conference on African
Development, held at Dakar on 2 and 3 March 1998 (A/53/85)

         Letter dated 29 October 1998 from the Permanent Representatives of
the Republic of Moldova, Romania and Ukraine to the United Nations addressed
to the Secretary-General, transmitting the Chisinau Statement on Trilateral
Cooperation, signed by the Presidents of the Republic of Moldova, Romania and
Ukraine on 22 October 1998 (A/53/575)


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

         Note by the Secretariat (A/53/553)

         Letter dated 30 September 1998 from the Permanent Representative of
Bangladesh to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General,
transmitting the declaration adopted by the Ministers of the Least Developed
Countries at their eighth annual meeting, held at United Nations Headquarters
on 28 September 1998 (A/C.2/53/3)


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

         Report of the Secretary-General on the preparations for the special
session of the General Assembly for an overall review and appraisal of the
implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on
Population and Development (A/53/407)


            (g)    Cultural development

         Note by the Secretary-General transmitting the report of the
Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization on cultural development (A/53/321)

         4. At the 16th meeting, on 19 October, introductory statements under
sub-item (a) were made by the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social
Affairs and the representative to the United Nations and Director of the New
York Office of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization (UNESCO) (see A/C.2/53/SR.16).

         5. At the 17th meeting, on 20 October, the Director of the
Development Policy Analysis Division of the Department of Economic and Social
Affairs made an introductory statement under sub-item (b) (see
A/C.2/53/SR.17).

         6. At the 18th meeting, on 20 October, introductory statements were
made by the Officer-in-Charge of the Division for Economic and Social Council
Support and Coordination of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs
under sub-item (d), and the representative to the United Nations and Director
of the New York Office of UNESCO under sub-item (g) (see A/C.2/53/SR.18).

         7. At the 27th meeting, on 29 October, the Executive Director of the
United Nations Population Fund made an introductory statement under sub-item
(f) (see A/C.2/53/SR.27).

         8. At the 28th meeting, on 29 October, the Executive Director of the
United Nations Environment Programme and Acting Executive Director of the
United Nations Centre for Human Settlements made a statement under sub-item
(c) (see A/C.2/53/SR.28).
 

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