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A/RES/50/111


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

16 February 1996

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Fiftieth session
Agenda item 96 (a)


              RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

      [on the report of the Second Committee (A/50/618/Add.1)]


              50/111. Convention on Biological Diversity


     The General Assembly,

     Reaffirming its resolutions 49/117 on the Convention on
Biological Diversity and 49/119 on the International Day for
Biological Diversity, of 19 December 1994,

     Recalling the Convention on Biological Diversity,  1/

     Recalling also Agenda 21,  2/ particularly its chapter 15 on the
conservation of biological diversity, and related chapters,

     Recalling further the recommendations made at the third session
of the Commission on Sustainable Development on the review of chapter
15 of Agenda 21 on the conservation of biological diversity,  3/

     Deeply concerned by the continuing loss of the world's biological
diversity and, on the basis of the provisions of the Convention,
reiterating the commitment to the conservation of biological
diversity, and the sustainable use of its components, as well as the
fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the use of genetic
resources,

     1.   Welcomes the results of the first meeting of the Conference
of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, held at
Nassau from 28 November to 9 December 1994, as reflected in the report
of the Executive Secretary of the Convention,  4/ submitted in
accordance with paragraph 4 of General Assembly resolution 49/117;

     2.   Takes note that the Conference of the Parties to the
Convention on Biological Diversity has decided to accept the offer of
the Government of Canada to host the secretariat of the Convention,
and expresses its appreciation for the support offered by the Canadian
authorities to ensure the effective functioning of the secretariat;

     3.   Also takes note of the results of the first meeting of the
Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice,
held at the headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific
and Cultural Organization in Paris from 4 to 8 September 1995,
including its medium-term programme of work for 1996-1997 and its
contribution to the Open-ended Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Panel on
Forests of the Commission on Sustainable Development;

     4.   Calls upon those States that have not yet ratified the
Convention to expedite their internal procedures of ratification,
acceptance or approval;

     5.   Invites the Executive Secretary of the Convention on
Biological Diversity to report, through the Economic and Social
Council, to the General Assembly at its fifty-first session on the
results of the second meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the
Convention, held at Jakarta from 6 to 17 November 1995, and also
invites the Secretary to make the reports of the Conference of the
Parties to the Convention available to the Commission on Sustainable
Development.

                                             96th plenary meeting
                                                 20 December 1995


                              Notes

1/   See United Nations Environment Programme, Convention on
Biological Diversity (Environmental Law and Institution Programme
Activity Centre), June 1992.

2/   Report of the United Nations Conference on Environment and
Development, Rio de Janeiro, 3-14 June 1992  (A/CONF.151/26/Rev.1
(Vol. I and Vol. I/Corr.1, Vol. II, Vol. III and Vol. III/Corr.1))
(United Nations publication, Sales No. E.93.I.8 and corrigenda), 
vol. I: Resolutions Adopted by the Conference, resolution 1, annex II.

3/   See Official Records of the Economic and Social Council,
1995, Supplement No. 12 (E/1995/32), chap. I, para. 230 (i).

4/   A/50/218.

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