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A/53/608/Add.5


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

19 November 1998

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Fifty-third session
Agenda item 93 (e)


         Sustainable development and international economic
         cooperation: implementation of the Programme of Action for
         the Least Developed Countries for the 1990s


         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. The Second Committee held a substantive debate on agenda item 93
(see A/53/608, para. 2). Action on sub-item (e) was taken at the 33rd and 39th
meetings, on 3 and 16 November 1998. An account of the Committee's
consideration of the item is contained in the relevant summary records
(A/C.2/53/SR.33 and 39).


             II.   Consideration of draft resolution A/C.2/53/L.23

         2. At the 33rd meeting, on 3 November, the representative of
Indonesia, on behalf of the States Members of the United Nations that are
members of the Group of 77 and China, introduced a draft resolution entitled
"Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries
for the 1990s" (A/C.2/53/L.23). Subsequently, Austria (on behalf of the States
Members of the United Nations that are members of the European Union), Japan,
Norway and the United States of America joined in sponsoring the draft       
resolution.

         3. At the 39th meeting, on 16 November, the Vice-Chairman of the
Committee, Mr. Burak O"zu"gergin (Turkey), informed the Committee of the
outcome of the informal consultations held on the draft resolution (see
A/C.2/53/SR.39).

         4. At the same meeting, the Committee adopted draft resolution
A/C.2/53/L.23 (see para. 5).


           III.    Recommendation of the Second Committee

         5. The Second Committee recommends to the General Assembly the
adoption of the following draft resolution:


            Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Least Developed
            Countries for the 1990s

            The General Assembly,

            Recalling its resolution 52/187 of 18 December 1997, in which it
decided to convene the Third United Nations Conference on the Least Developed
Countries at a high level in the year 2001,

            1. Welcomes and accepts the generous offer of the European Union
to host the Third United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries
in the first semester of the year 2001;

            2. Designates the Secretary-General of the United Nations
Conference on Trade and Development as the Secretary-General of the
Conference, and requests him to make all necessary preparations for the
Conference;

            3. Decides to convene the Third United Nations Conference on the
Least Developed Countries in the first semester of the year 2001 for a
duration of seven days, at a venue and time to be determined by the
Secretary-General of the Conference in consultation with the European Union;

            4. Requests the Secretary-General of the Conference to organize
the intergovernmental preparatory committee (in two parts) and the three
expert-level preparatory meetings referred to in paragraph 1 (b) of General
Assembly resolution 52/187;

            5. Also requests the Secretary-General of the Conference, in
consultation with Member States and in cooperation with relevant organizations
and agencies, to organize well-focused sectoral and thematic or, where
appropriate, country-specific round-table meetings during the Conference to
contribute to the work of the Conference;

            6. Calls upon the United Nations Development Programme and the
World Bank to link the forthcoming round table and consultative group meetings
to the preparatory process of the Conference, and to ensure that they make
substantive contributions to the Conference;

            7. Requests the Administrator of the United Nations Development
Programme, in his capacity as Convenor of the United Nations Development
Group, to ensure the full involvement in the preparations for the Conference
of United Nations resident coordinators and country teams in the least
developed countries;

            8. Calls upon the Secretary-General of the United Nations, in
consultation with the Secretary-General of the Conference, to convene an
inter-agency meeting to ensure the full mobilization and coordination of all
relevant organs, organizations and bodies of the United Nations system, as
well as other relevant institutions, for the purpose of preparations for and
follow-up to the Conference;

            9. Invites the Secretary-General of the Conference to make
arrangements, on the basis of consultations with Member States, to facilitate
the involvement of civil society, including non-governmental organizations and
the private sector, in the preparatory process and the Conference;

            10.    Decides to defray the cost of participation of two
government representatives from each least developed country in the work of
the intergovernmental preparatory committee meetings and the Conference itself
through the use of extrabudgetary resources, and should those resources prove
to be insufficient to consider all other options;

            11.    Requests the Secretary-General of the United Nations, with
the assistance of concerned organizations and bodies of the United Nations
system, including the Department of Public Information of the Secretariat, to
take necessary measures to intensify their public information efforts and
other relevant initiatives to enhance public awareness in favour of the
Conference, its objectives and its significance;

            12.    Also requests the Secretary-General of the United Nations
to submit a report to the General Assembly at its fifty-fourth session on the
state of preparations for the Third United Nations Conference on the Least
Developed Countries.

 

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