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A/RES/50/102


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

9 February 1996

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Fiftieth session
Agenda item 95 (d)


               RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

        [on the report of the Second Committee (A/50/617/Add.4)]


         50/102.   United Nations system support for science and
                   technology in Africa


     The General Assembly,

     Reaffirming the Vienna Programme of Action on Science and
Technology for Development,  1/ adopted by the United Nations
Conference on Science and Technology for Development and subsequently
endorsed and reaffirmed by the General Assembly,

     Reaffirming also its resolution 46/151 of 18 December 1991, the
annex to which contains the United Nations New Agenda for the
Development of Africa in the 1990s, having as its priority objectives
the accelerated transformation, integration, diversification and
growth of the African economies, in order to strengthen them within
the world economy,

     Having considered the report of the Joint Inspection Unit
entitled "United Nations system support for science and technology in
Africa",  2/ and the conclusions and recommendations contained
therein,

     Recognizing the crucial significance of science and technology,
including the related information technologies, for planning,
development and decision-making in science and technology and the
promotion of endogenous capacity-building in science and technology in
the process of growth and development,

     Recognizing also that the fundamental objective of science and
technology to meet basic needs should be to create conditions that
increase the ability of people living in poverty to gain access to,
fully understand, integrate, use and generate knowledge and technology
creatively in order to satisfy their basic needs,

     Stressing the importance of South-South cooperation in the
promotion of science and technology in Africa in the context of, inter
alia, modalities for economic and technical cooperation among
developing countries,

     Noting the efforts being undertaken by African leaders within the
Presidential Forum on the Management of Science and Technology for
Development in Africa, 1995-2005,

     Taking note of the Cairo Agenda for Action, adopted on 28 June
1995 by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the
Organization of African Unity at its thirty-first ordinary session, 3/

     1.   Takes note of the report of the Joint Inspection Unit
entitled "United Nations system support for science and technology in
Africa", 2/ and the comments of the Administrative Committee on
Coordination thereon;  4/

     2.   Requests the Secretary-General to continue to promote and
implement activities in support of science and technology in Africa in
the context of the United Nations New Agenda for the Development of
Africa in the 1990s;

     3.   Also requests the Secretary-General, in consultation with
the organizations, funds and programmes of the United Nations system,
to make concrete proposals on activities, in the context of the mid-
term review of the United Nations New Agenda for the Development of
Africa in the 1990s, to be carried out in 1996, aimed at strengthening
United Nations system support for science and technology in Africa,
taking into account the views and recommendations contained in the
reports mentioned above and other relevant resolutions of the General
Assembly, and to report thereon to the Assembly at its fifty-first
session.

                                             96th plenary meeting
                                                 20 December 1995


                              Notes

1/   Report of the United Nations Conference on Science and
Technology for Development, Vienna, 20-31 August 1979 (United Nations
publication, Sales No. E.79.I.21 and corrigenda), chap. VII.

2/   A/50/125-E/1995/19, annex.

3/   See A/50/647, annex II, resolution AHG/Res.236 (XXXI).

4/   A/50/125/Add.1-E/1995/19/Add.1, annex.

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