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A/RES/37/66


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

3 December 1982

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                                                A/RES/37/66
                                                3 December 1982
 
          Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea
 
          The General Assembly,
 
          Recalling its resolutions 3067 (XXVIII) of 16 November 1973, 3334
     (XXIX) of 17 December 1974, 3483 (XXX) of 12 December 1975, 31/63 of 10
     December 1976, 32/194 of 20 December 1977, 33/17 of 10 November 1978,
     34/20 of 9 November 1979, 35/116 of 10 December 1980 and 36/79 of 9
     December 1981,
 
          Taking note of the adoption, on 30 April 1982, of the United Nations
     Convention on the Law of the Sea and the related resolutions by an
     overwhelming majority of States and of the decision of the Third United
     Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea, on 24 September 1982, to accept
     with appreciation the invitation extended by the Government of Jamaica
     for the purpose of adopting and signing the Final Act and opening the
     Convention for signature at Montego Bay from 6 to 10 December 1982,
 
          Taking special note of the fact that the Conference decided to
     establish a Preparatory Commission for the International Sea-Bed Authority
     and for the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and that the
     Commission shall meet at the seat of the Authority if facilities are
     available and as often as necessary for the expeditious exercise of its
     functions,
 
          Taking note of the extensive functions entrusted to the Preparatory
     Commission, including the administration of the scheme governing
     preparatory investments in pioneer activities relating to polymetallic
     nodules,
 
          Recalling that the Convention provides that the seat of the
     International Sea-Bed Authority shall be in Jamaica,
 
          Taking further note of the timely measures being taken by the
     Government of Jamaica at considerable expense in constructing an adequate
     administrative building and conference complex for housing the
     secretariat of the Preparatory Commission and providing meeting
     facilities for the purpose of enabling the Commission to function from
     Jamaica,
 
          Recognizing the urgent need for the Preparatory Commission to be
     assured of adequate resources to enable it to discharge its functions
     efficiently and expeditiously,
 
          Recalling also that in General Assembly resolution 35/116 the
     Secretary-General was requested to prepare and submit to the Conference,
     for such consideration as it deemed appropriate, a study identifying his
     future functions under the proposed Convention and that such a study was
     submitted on 18 August 1981,
 
          Noting that, in the letter dated 7 September 1982 to the President
     of the General Assembly, the President of the Conference drew
     attention to the responsibilities which the Secretary-General was called
     upon to carry out under the Convention and the related resolutions and to
     the need for the Assembly to take the appropriate action to approve the
     assumption of these responsibilities by the Secretary-General,
 
          Recognizing that, in accordance with the third preambular paragraph
     of the Convention, the problems of ocean space are closely interrelated
     and need to be considered as a whole,
 
          Recognizing the need for the Secretary-General to be authorized to
     assume his functions under the Convention and the related resolutions,
     including in particular the provision of the secretariat services
     required by the Preparatory Commission for its effective and expeditious
     functioning,
 
         1.    Welcomes the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the
     Law of the Sea and the related resolutions;
 
         2.    Calls upon all States to consider signing and ratifying the
     Convention at the earliest possible date to allow the effective entry
     into force of the new legal regime for the uses of the sea and its
     resources;
 
         3.    Appeals to the Governments of all States to refrain from taking
     any action directed at undermining the Convention or defeating its object
     and purpose;
 
         4.    Accepts with appreciation the invitation of the Government of
     Jamaica for the purpose of adopting and signing the Final Act and opening
     the Convention for signature at Montego Bay from 6 to 10 December 1982;
 
         5.    Authorizes the Secretary-General to enter into the necessary
     agreement in this regard with the Government of Jamaica;
 
         6.    Reiterates its gratitude to the Government of Venezuela for the
     hospitality extended to the Third United Nations Conference on the Law of
     the Sea at its first substantive session, held at Caracas in 1974;
 
         7.    Approves the assumption by the Secretary-General of the
     responsibilities entrusted to him under the Convention and the related
     resolutions and also approves the stationing of an adequate number of
     secretariat staff in Jamaica for the purpose of servicing the Preparatory
     Commission for the International Sea-Bed Authority and for the
     International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, as required by its
     functions and programme of work;
 
         8.    Authorizes the Secretary-General to convene the Preparatory
     Commission as provided in Conference resolution I of 30 April 1982, by
     which the Commission was established, and to provide the Commission with
     the services required to enable it to perform its functions adequately
     and expeditiously;
 
         9.    Approves the financing of the expenses of the Preparatory
     Commission from the regular budget of the United Nations;
 
        10.    Requests the Secretary-General to report to the General
     Assembly at its thirty-eight session on the implementation of the
     present resolution.