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A/RES/50/113


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)]


            50/113. Special session for the purpose of an
                    overall review and appraisal of the
                    implementation of Agenda 21


     The General Assembly,

     Recalling its resolution 47/190 of 22 December 1992, in which it
decided to convene a special session, not later than 1997, for the
purpose of an overall review and appraisal of the implementation of
Agenda 21,  1/

     Having considered the report of the Secretary-General containing
proposals on the format, scope and organizational aspects of such a
special session,  2/

     1.   Decides to convene the special session envisaged in
resolution 47/190 for a duration of one week during the month of
June 1997 at the highest possible level of participation;

     2.   Encourages participants at the high-level meeting of the
Commission on Sustainable Development to be held during its fourth
session, in 1996, to address, inter alia, matters related to the
special session of the General Assembly decided on above;

     3.   Invites the Commission to devote its Ad Hoc Open-ended
Inter-Sessional Working Group meeting, to be held in February 1997, to
assisting the Commission in undertaking the review for the special
session;

     4.   Welcomes the decision of the Commission to devote its fifth
session, in 1997, to preparations for the special session, and decides
that that session of the Commission will be open-ended in its
deliberations, allowing for the full participation of all States;

     5.   Invites the Commission to make available to the General
Assembly at the special session all relevant reports prepared under
the aegis of the Commission, along with the recommendations of the
Commission thereon;

     6.   Welcomes the decisions of the Governing Council of the
United Nations Environment Programme, in which the Council emphasized
the need for the Programme, in accordance with its mandate in the
implementation of Agenda 21, to continue to provide effective support
to the work of the Commission on Sustainable Development, and in which
the Council decided to hold its nineteenth session early in 1997 with
a view to making a contribution to the special session;

     7.   Invites Governments as well as relevant regional and
subregional organizations to consider undertaking reviews of progress
achieved since the United Nations Conference on Environment and
Development at the national, subregional, regional and interregional
levels with a view to contributing to the preparations for the special
session;

     8.   Welcomes the preparation of hemispheric, regional and
subregional conferences on sustainable development, and in that
context invites the Governments concerned to contribute to the special
session the outcomes of such conferences;

     9.   Also invites all other relevant organizations and bodies of
the United Nations system, including the United Nations Conference on
Trade and Development, the specialized agencies and other multilateral
organizations, including the multilateral financial institutions and
the World Trade Organization, to contribute to the special session,
and requests the Inter-Agency Committee on Sustainable Development, in
close coordination with the Commission on Sustainable Development, to
ensure an effective and coordinated system-wide response to the
preparation of the special session;

     10.  Further invites the conferences of parties or other
regulatory bodies of the United Nations Framework Convention on
Climate Change, the Convention on Biological Diversity and the United
Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in Those Countries
Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, particularly in
Africa, as well as the regulatory bodies of other relevant
instruments, as appropriate, and the Global Environment Facility, to
provide their inputs to the special session;

     11.  Recognizes the important role played by major groups,
including non-governmental organizations, at the United Nations
Conference on Environment and Development and in the implementation of
its recommendations, and recognizes the need for their active
involvement in preparations for the special session, as well as the
need to ensure appropriate arrangements for their contribution during
the special session;

     12.  Invites Governments to assist the developing countries, in
particular the least developed among them, in participating fully and
effectively in the special session and its preparatory process, and in
that regard invites them to make appropriate contributions to the
Trust Fund to Support the Work of the Commission on Sustainable
Development;

     13.  Requests the Secretary-General to prepare, for the
consideration of the Commission on Sustainable Development at its
fifth session, a comprehensive report containing an overall assessment
of the progress achieved since the United Nations Conference on
Environment and Development in the implementation of Agenda 21 at all
levels, 1/ and in the implementation of related outcomes, as well as
recommendations for future actions and priorities, and requests that
the report include:

     (a)  Concise reports containing an assessment of the progress
achieved in specific sectoral and cross-sectoral areas;

     (b)  Country profiles providing a concise presentation of
progress made and constraints encountered in implementing Agenda 21 at
the national level, compiled on the basis of national information
received and in close cooperation with the Governments concerned;

     (c)  Major and emerging trends and issues within the framework of
Agenda 21 and related outcomes of the Conference in the area of
sustainable development, including the environmental impact of
activities that are gravely hazardous to the environment, taking into
account the views of States;

     (d)  Recommendations on the future role of the Commission in the
follow-up to the outcome of the Conference and related outcomes,
building on experience gained since 1992;

     14.  Requests the Secretary-General to mount a public information
programme to raise global awareness of both the special session to
review the implementation of Agenda 21 and the work undertaken by the
United Nations in the follow-up to the Conference;

     15.  Decides that the preparations for the special session and
the special session itself shall be kept within the agreed
appropriation level for the 1996-1997 biennium;

     16.  Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its fifty-
first session a sub-item entitled "Special session for the purpose of
an overall review and appraisal of the implementation of Agenda 21",
and requests the Secretary-General to submit to it at that session a
progress report on the state of preparations for the 1997 special
session.

                                             96th plenary meeting
                                                 20 December 1995


                              Notes

1/   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.

2/   A/50/453.

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