United Nations


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

21 December 1993


                                                  86th plenary meeting
                                                  21 December 1993
              International Year for the Eradication of Poverty
      The General Assembly,
      Recalling its resolution 47/196 of 22 December 1992 entitled "Observance
of an international day for the eradication of poverty",
      Reaffirming its resolutions 43/195 of 20 December 1988, 44/212 of 22
December 1989, 45/213 of 21 December 1990, 46/141 of 17 December 1991 and
47/197 of 22 December 1992 related to international cooperation for the
eradication of poverty in developing countries,
      Recognizing that poverty is a complex and multidimensional problem with
origins in both the national and international domains, and that its
eradication in all countries, in particular in developing countries, has
become one of the priority development objectives for the 1990s in order to
promote sustainable development,
      Noting that the efforts made at the national and international levels
need to be enhanced to ensure the eradication of poverty, in particular in the
least developed countries, the countries in sub-Saharan Africa and other
countries which have areas of concentrated poverty,
      Welcoming the success achieved in organizing and observing the
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty,
      Taking into account its decision 35/424 of 5 December 1980 and Economic
and Social Council resolution 1980/67 of 25 July 1980 on guidelines for
international years and anniversaries,
      Taking note of the report of the Secretary-General,
      Stressing the positive impact of a favourable international economic
environment, in particular in the area of trade, on combating poverty in all
countries, especially in developing countries,
      Stressing also the importance of international cooperation in combating
poverty through, inter alia, exchange among Governments that have had
successful experiences in the field,
      1.    Proclaims 1996 International Year for the Eradication of Poverty;
      2.    Decides that the major activities for the observance of the Year
should be undertaken at the local, national and international levels, and that
assistance should be provided by the United Nations system with a view to
creating among States, policy makers and international public opinion a
greater awareness that the eradication of poverty is fundamental to
reinforcing peace and achieving sustainable development;
      3.    Requests the Secretary-General, in consultation with States,  the
specialized agencies and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations
concerned, to prepare a draft programme on the preparations for and observance
of the Year, setting out the objectives, principles and main recommendations
for the Year, and to submit a progress report thereon to the General Assembly
at its forty-ninth session;
      4.    Also requests the Secretary-General to give widespread publicity
to the activities of the United Nations system, including those described in
chapter 3 of Agenda 21, related to the eradication of poverty;
      5.    Invites all States, organizations of the United Nations system,
intergovernmental organizations concerned and interested national
organizations, including non-governmental organizations to exert every
possible effort in the preparations for and observance of the Year and to
cooperate with the Secretary-General in achieving the objectives of the Year;
      6.    Designates the Department for Policy Coordination and Sustainable
Development of the Secretariat as the preparatory body, and the Economic and
Social Council as the coordinating body, for the International Year for the
Eradication of Poverty;
      7.    Recommends that the preparatory body and the coordinating body
work in close collaboration with all relevant organizations inside and outside
the United Nations system in the preparations for and observance of the Year;
      8.    Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its forty-ninth
session, under the item entitled "International cooperation for the
eradication of poverty in developing countries", a sub-item on the
International Year for the Eradication of Poverty.