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A/RES/48/121


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

20 December 1993

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                                                  A/RES/48/121
                                                  85th plenary meeting
                                                  20 December 1993
 
                   World Conference on Human Rights
 
     The General Assembly,
 
     Recalling its resolution 45/155 of 18 December 1990, in which it decided,
inter alia, to convene at a high level a World Conference on Human Rights in
1993, and its resolutions 46/116 of 17 December 1991 and 47/122 of 18 December
1992,
 
     Taking note with appreciation of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of
Action, adopted by the World Conference on Human Rights, held at Vienna from
14 to 25 June 1993,
 
     Bearing in mind the view of the Conference that the promotion and
protection of human rights is a matter of priority for the international
community,
 
     Convinced that the Conference has made an important contribution to the
cause of human rights and that its results have to be translated into
effective action by States, the competent organs of the United Nations and its
family of organizations and other organizations concerned, as well as non-
governmental organizations,
 
     Bearing in mind the recommendation of the Conference that the General
Assembly, the Commission on Human Rights and other organs and bodies of the
United Nations system related to human rights consider ways and means for the
full implementation, without delay, of the recommendations contained in the
Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action,
 
     Expressing its gratitude to the Government and people of Austria for
acting as hosts to the Conference, for the excellent arrangements and for the
hospitality extended to all participants,
 
     Expressing its appreciation to the Secretary-General of the United
Nations, the Secretary-General of the Conference and the members of the
Secretariat for effectively preparing for and servicing the Conference,
 
     1.  Takes note of the report of the World Conference on Human Rights;
 
     2.  Endorses the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, adopted by
the Conference on 25 June 1993;
 
     3.  Expresses its satisfaction with the work of the Conference, which
constitutes a solid foundation for further action and initiatives by the
United Nations and other interested international bodies, as well as by the
States and national organizations concerned;
 
     4.  Confirms the views of the Conference on the urgency of eliminating
denials and violations of human rights;
 
     5.  Requests the Secretary-General to ensure the distribution of the
Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action as widely as possible and to
include the text of the Declaration in the next edition of Human Rights:  A
Compilation of International Instruments;
 
     6.  Also requests the Secretary-General to transmit to the competent
organs of the United Nations and the specialized agencies the Vienna
Declaration and Programme of Action;
 
     7.  Urges all States to give widespread publicity to the Vienna
Declaration and Programme of Action and the work of the Conference in order to
promote increased awareness of human rights and fundamental freedoms;
 
     8.  Calls upon all States to take further action with a view to the full
realization of human rights in the light of the recommendations of the
Conference;
 
     9.  Endorses the recommendation of the Conference that the Secretary-
General, the General Assembly, the Commission on Human Rights and other organs
and bodies of the United Nations system related to human rights should take
further action with a view to the full implementation of all recommendations
of the Conference;
 
     10. Requests the Secretary-General to report annually to the General
Assembly on the measures taken and the progress achieved in the implementation
of the recommendations of the Conference;
 
     11. Decides to include in the agenda of its forthcoming sessions, under
the item entitled "Human rights questions", a standing sub-item entitled
"Comprehensive implementation of and follow-up to the Vienna Declaration and
Programme of Action".