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A/RES/44/243


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

11 September 1990

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                                                       A/RES/44/243
                                                       96th plenary meeting
                                                       11 September 1990
 
                         44/243.  Question of Namibia
                                      A
            Dissolution of the United Nations Council for Namibia
 
     The General Assembly,
 
     Recalling its resolution 2248 (S-V) of 19 May 1967, by which it decided
to establish a United Nations Council for South West Africa as the legal
Administering Authority for the Territory until independence,
 
     Recalling also its resolution S-18/1 of 23 April 1990, by which it
admitted the Republic of Namibia to membership in the United Nations,
 
     Taking note of the declaration of the United Nations Council for Namibia
adopted at its special plenary meetings, held at Windhoek from 9 to
11 April 1990, by which the Council decided to recommend to the General
Assembly its own dissolution as a result of Namibia's attainment of freedom
and independence,
 
     Taking note also of the decision taken by the United Nations Council for
Namibia at its special plenary meetings immediately to arrange, with the
agreement of the Government of the Republic of Namibia, to co-ordinate the
smooth transfer of the relevant programmes and activities of the Council to
the Government of Namibia,
 
     Taking note further of the decision of the United Nations Council for
Namibia requesting the Office of the United Nations Commissioner for Namibia
and the United Nations Institute for Namibia to organize in Namibia a seminar
on programme planning for the national reconstruction and development of
Namibia, 
 
     1.   Commends the United Nations Council for Namibia, as the legal
Administering Authority for the Territory until independence, for the
fulfilment of the important responsibilities entrusted to it by the General
Assembly in its resolution 2248 (S-V) and for its unrelenting efforts to
ensure the attainment by the Namibian people of self-determination and
national independence;
 
     2.   Decides that the United Nations Council for Namibia, having
fulfilled the important mandate entrusted to it by General Assembly
resolution 2248 (S-V) relating to the Territory, is hereby dissolved;
 
     3.   Requests the Secretary-General to continue to provide the necessary
resources in order to complete the implementation of the programme activities
approved by the United Nations Council for Namibia for 1990, as set forth in
annex I to the present resolutions;
 
     4.   Requests the Secretary-General immediately to arrange, in
consultation with the Government of Namibia, to co-ordinate the transfer to
the Government of Namibia of the programmes, activities and assets of the
United Nations Council for Namibia, including archival collections consisting
of, inter alia, major resolutions and decisions of the United Nations on the
question of Namibia and other relevant documents and official correspondence,
as well as, in particular, those relating to the implementation of Decree
No. 1 for the Protection of the Natural Resources of Namibia  and to the
accession to international conventions and representation of Namibia in
specialized agencies of the United Nations and intergovernmental
organizations;
 
     5.   Requests the Secretary-General, in recognition of the unique and
direct responsibility that the United Nations had assumed over Namibia prior
to independence, to ensure the continued role of the United Nations in the
reconstruction and development of the newly independent State of Namibia by
providing the necessary resources and staff within the Secretariat for the
delivery of such programmes of assistance;
 
     6.   Also requests the Secretary-General to provide assistance as may be
requested by the Government of Namibia in the preparation of a comprehensive
national census in order to determine accurate demographic and other relevant
socio-economic statistics on Namibia;
 
     7.   Further requests the Secretary-General to consider as a matter of
priority the redeployment within the United Nations Secretariat and other
organizations of the United Nations system of the staff of the Office of the
United Nations Commissioner for Namibia.
 
                                      B
                       United Nations Fund for Namibia
 
     The General Assembly,
 
     Having examined the parts of the report of the United Nations Council for
Namibia relating to the United Nations Fund for Namibia,
 
     Recalling its resolution 2679 (XXV) of 9 December 1970, by which it
established the United Nations Fund for Namibia,
 
     Recalling also its resolution 3112 (XXVIII) of 12 December 1973, by which
it appointed the United Nations Council for Namibia trustee of the United
Nations Fund for Namibia,
 
     Recalling further its resolution 31/153 of 20 December 1976, by which it
decided to launch the Nationhood Programme for Namibia, a comprehensive
assistance programme within the United Nations system, covering both the
period of the struggle for independence and the initial years of independence
of Namibia,
 
     Noting that the current programmes under the General Account, the United
Nations Institute for Namibia Account and the Nationhood Programme Account of
the United Nations Fund for Namibia should be completed,
 
     1.   Takes note of the relevant parts of the report of the United Nations
Council for Namibia;
 
     2.   Takes note also of the declaration of the United Nations Council for
Namibia adopted at its special plenary meetings held at Windhoek from 9 to
11 April 1990, by which the Council recognized that some of its current
programmes and activities remain incomplete;
 
     3.   Decides that the United Nations Fund for Namibia shall continue to
operate in order to ensure the orderly completion of all programmes and
activities currently financed from it and as set forth in annex II to the
present resolutions and that a report in this respect shall be made to the
General Assembly at an appropriate time;
 
     4.   Decides also that the United Nations Fund for Namibia shall operate
under the custody of the Secretary-General;
 
     5.   Decides further to establish the United Nations Trust Committee for
the United Nations Fund for Namibia, the composition and guidelines of which
shall follow the pattern of the Committee on the United Nations Fund for
Namibia, to serve as the trustee of the Fund until its dissolution;
 
     6.   Requests the Committee, with the agreement of the Government of
Namibia, to take the necessary measures to ensure the completion of ongoing
programmes and activities currently financed from the United Nations Fund for
Namibia; 
 
     7.   Decides that the United Nations Institute for Namibia, having
fulfilled its mandate to provide substantive support in its areas of
competence in the struggle for freedom of the Namibians and the establishment
of an independent Namibia and in view of the critical financial difficulties
which it is experiencing, shall cease its operations on 30 September 1990;
 
     8.   Requests the Secretary-General, in consultation with the United
Nations Trust Committee for the United Nations Fund for Namibia, and in
co-operation with the Governments of Namibia and Zambia, to implement the
closure of the United Nations Institute for Namibia as provided for in
paragraph 7 above, and to liquidate its assets and discharge its liabilities
and, having regard to the needs of Namibia and the successor institution to
the Institute, to make available any residual net assets for utilization by
such successor institution;
 
     9.   Expresses its deep appreciation to the Government of Zambia for
accommodating the United Nations Institute for Namibia prior to Namibia's
independence and extending services, courtesies and privileges to facilitate
the Institute's operations in Zambia;
 
     10.  Requests the Secretary-General, in co-operation with the Governments
concerned, to co-ordinate the transfer to Namibia of the United Nations
Vocational Training Centre for Namibia at Cuacra, Angola, and to determine the
future status of the Namibia Secondary Technical School at Loudima, the Congo,
and expresses its deep appreciation to the Governments of Angola and the Congo
for the courtesies and hospitality that they have extended to these
institutions;
 
     11.  Expresses its appreciation to all States, specialized agencies and
other organizations and institutions of the United Nations system, and to
governmental and non-governmental organizations that have made contributions
to the United Nations Fund for Namibia, as well as to all individuals who have
done so; 
 
     12.  Requests the Secretary-General to appeal to Governments,
intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and individuals for
voluntary contributions to the United Nations Fund for Namibia;
 
     13.  Invites Governments to appeal once more to their national
organizations and institutions for voluntary contributions to the United
Nations Fund for Namibia;
 
     14.  Expresses its appreciation to the United Nations Development
Programme for its contribution to the financing and administration of the
Nationhood Programme for Namibia and the financing of the United Nations
Institute for Namibia, and calls upon it to continue its contribution to the
United Nations Fund for Namibia;
 
     15.  Decides that Namibians currently benefiting from assistance through
the United Nations Educational and Training Programme for Southern Africa and
through the United Nations Trust Fund for South Africa shall continue to be
eligible for such assistance until they complete their programmes;
 
     16.  Requests the Secretary-General to credit as soon as possible to the
United Nations Fund for Namibia the sum of 1.5 million United States dollars
already appropriated for 1990 under the regular budget;
 
     17.  Requests the Secretary-General to continue to provide the necessary
resources for the performance of the activities financed from the United
Nations Fund for Namibia.
 
                                   Annex I
 
          PROGRAMME ACTIVITIES APPROVED BY THE UNITED NATIONS COUNCIL FOR
          NAMIBIA FOR 1990 TO BE CARRIED OUT FOLLOWING THE DISSOLUTION OF
                                 THE COUNCIL
 
     The United Nations Council for Namibia approved the programme activities
enumerated below for 1990:
 
     1.   Preparation of reports on the political, military and social
situation in Namibia, and on the activities of foreign economic interests in
the Territory, for the period from 1 April 1989 until independence;
 
     2.   Preparation of a report on contacts between Member States and South
Africa to cover the period from 1 April 1989 until independence;
 
     3.   Preparation of a report on the activities of the Council for the
period from 1 September 1989 until independence;
 
     4.   Organization of a seminar on programme planning for the national
reconstruction and development of Namibia and preparation of its final report;
 
     5.   Preparation of draft chapters on Namibia for inclusion in the
Yearbook of the United Nations for the years 1986 to 1990;
 
     6.   Preparation of a draft study of Article 81 of the Charter of the
United Nations for inclusion in Supplement No. 7 of the Repertory of Practice
of United Nations Organs;
 
     7.   Compilation of archival materials relating to United Nations action
on Namibia and deemed to be of use or interest to Namibia, including major
resolutions and decisions of the United Nations on the question of Namibia and
other relevant documents and official correspondence;
 
     8.   Drafting of a historical account of the responsibilities and
programmes undertaken by the Council since its inception.
 
                                   Annex II
 
       PROGRAMMES AND ACTIVITIES FINANCED FROM THE UNITED NATIONS FUND
                                 FOR NAMIBIA
 
                       A.  Nationhood Programme Account
 
1.   The Nationhood Programme Account of the Fund finances sixteen training
and education projects for Namibians in various fields of study.  Two of these
projects provide funding for the United Nations Vocational Training Centre for
Namibia at Cuacra, Angola, which is to be relocated to Namibia in late 1990 or
early 1991.
 
                             B.  General Account
 
2.   The individual scholarship programme of the General Account provides
sponsorship for one hundred eighty-five Namibian students, the majority of
whom are studying at university level in the United States of America.
 
3.   The General Account also supports six training projects similar to those
of the Nationhood Programme and one project that makes a major contribution to
the operating expenses of the Namibia Secondary Technical School at Loudima,
the Congo.
 
4.   The General Account provides social and medical assistance for expatriate
Namibians in need, generally students, and covers the return travel expenses
of scholarship holders who have completed their degrees.
 
                      C.  Institute for Namibia Account
 
5.   The Institute for Namibia Account of the Fund provided most of the
funding for the budget of the United Nations Institute for Namibia at Lusaka.
The Institute shall cease its operations on 30 September 1990.