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A/RES/50/119


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

20 December 1995

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                                                   A/RES/50/119
                                                   20 December 1995
                                                   96th plenary meeting
 
     50/119. Economic and technical cooperation among developing
             countries and a United Nations conference on South-South
             cooperation
 
     The General Assembly,
 
     Reaffirming its resolutions 33/134 of 19 December 1978, in which it
endorsed the Buenos Aires Plan of Action for Promoting and Implementing
Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries, and 46/159 of 19 December
1991 on technical cooperation among developing countries, as well as its other
relevant resolutions on economic and technical cooperation among developing
countries,
 
     Reaffirming also its resolution 49/96 of 19 December 1994 on a United
Nations conference on South-South cooperation,
 
     Recalling Economic and Social Council resolution 1992/41 of 30 July 1992,
in which the Council called upon all parties in the development effort to make
concerted, planned and vigorous endeavours to benefit from utilization of the
capacities of developing countries by giving their full support and first
consideration to the use of the modality of technical cooperation among
developing countries,
 
     Taking note of the decisions and recommendations contained in the Final
Document of the Eleventh Conference of Heads of State or Government of the
Non-Aligned Countries, held at Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, from 18 to 20
October 1995,
 
     Bearing in mind the Ministerial Declaration of the Group of 77, adopted
at the nineteenth annual meeting of the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the
Group of 77, held in New York on 29 September 1995, which emphasized the
importance of South-South cooperation, particularly the convening of a United
Nations conference on South-South cooperation no later than 1997,
 
     Reaffirming that South-South cooperation constitutes an important element
of international cooperation for development as well as an essential basis for
national and collective self-reliance and a means of promoting the integration
of developing countries into the world economy,
 
     Reaffirming also that South-South cooperation is not a substitute for,
but is complementary to, North-South cooperation,
 
     Noting with satisfaction the increase in economic and technical
cooperation among developing countries reported by both developing countries
and the United Nations development system,
 
     Recognizing the need for the international community to support the
developing countries in optimizing opportunities for expanding South-South
cooperation,
 
     Welcoming the report on new directions for technical cooperation among
developing countries, prepared in response to its resolution 49/96, whose
recommendations were endorsed by the High-level Committee on the Review of
Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries at its ninth session, and
subsequently endorsed by the Economic and Social Council,
 
     Noting with satisfaction the launching of the South Centre as an
intergovernmental organization, and its important contribution to the
promotion and strengthening of South-South cooperation,
 
     Recognizing that recent advances in communications technology have
created new opportunities for South-South cooperation,
 
     Taking note of the report of the Intergovernmental Meeting of Experts on
South-South Cooperation, convened by the Secretary-General in New York from 31
July to 4 August 1995, and of the reports of the Standing Committee on
Economic Cooperation among Developing Countries of the United Nations
Conference on Trade and Development and of the High-level Committee on the
Review of Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries on the work of its
ninth session, at which substantive issues were presented and practical
modalities for strengthening South-South economic and technical cooperation at
the global level were recommended,
 
     1.   Takes note of the report of the Secretary-General on the state of
South-South cooperation and its supplement entitled State of South-South
Cooperation:  Statistical Pocket Book and Index of Cooperation Organizations,
which provide a comprehensive and systematic overview and analysis of South-
South cooperation worldwide and of United Nations system support for such
cooperation;
 
     2. Endorses the recommendations contained in the report on new directions
for technical cooperation among developing countries, which among other things
call for the adoption of a more strategic orientation for technical
cooperation among developing countries focusing on priority issues, such as
trade and investment, debt, the environment, poverty alleviation, production
and employment, and macroeconomic policy coordination, as well as education,
health, the transfer of technology and rural development, which are likely to
have a major development impact on a large number of developing countries;
 
     3. Welcomes the decision of the Executive Board of the United Nations
Development Programme and of the United Nations Population Fund to increase
the allocation of resources for technical cooperation among developing
countries during the next programming cycle of the United Nations Development
Programme;
 
     4. Calls upon all Governments and relevant United Nations organizations,
including the multilateral financial institutions, to consider increasing
allocations for economic and technical cooperation among developing countries
and to identify new funding modalities to promote South-South cooperation such
as triangular cooperation and private sector funding;
 
     5. Invites the United Nations Development Programme to establish a
voluntary trust fund for the promotion of South-South cooperation and invites
all countries to contribute to the fund;
 
     6. Calls upon the developing countries and their institutions to increase
joint efforts in technology cooperation, broader technological development
such as encompasses scientific and technological management capabilities and
information networks that are demand-oriented and involve participation by
users of technology or by those involved in the process of technological
development, infrastructure and human resources development;
 
     7. Welcomes the decision of the United Nations Conference on Trade and
Development to address at its ninth session the issue of new approaches to
South-South economic cooperation, as well as the role and potential impact on
development of regional economic groupings in the globalizing and liberalizing
world economy;
 
     8.Invites, in this context, the United Nations Conference on Trade and
Development, at its ninth session, to be held in South Africa, to consider
strengthening economic and technical cooperation among developing countries as
a strategy for promoting growth and development and for ensuring the effective
integration of the developing countries into the world economy, and to
formulate concrete policy recommendations in this regard;
 
     9. Requests the Secretary-General to present to the General Assembly, on
a biennial basis, a report entitled "State of South-South cooperation"
containing a comprehensive overview and analysis of South-South economic and
technical cooperation worldwide and international support in this regard,
including quantitative data and indicators on all aspects of South-South
cooperation as well as recommendations for strengthening such cooperation,
keeping in view the importance of the proposal to convene a United Nations
conference on South-South cooperation;
 
     10.  Invites all other organs, organizations and agencies of the United
Nations system, in particular the United Nations Conference on Trade and
Development and the regional commissions, to provide analytical and empirical
material for the preparation of the above-mentioned report;
 
     11.  Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its fifty-second
session the sub-item entitled "Economic and technical cooperation among
developing countries".