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A/RES/50/114


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

16 February 1996

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Fiftieth session
Agenda item 96 (b)


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

           [on the report of the Second Committee (A/50/618/Add.2)]


                     50/114.  Desertification and drought


      The General Assembly,

      Recalling its resolution 48/175 of 21 December 1993 in which it
recalled the decisions of the United Nations Conference on Environment
and Development set forth in chapter 12 of Agenda 21,  1/ entitled
"Managing fragile ecosystems:  combating desertification and drought", 
and took note of the recommendation contained in paragraph 38.27 of
Agenda 21 and of decision 93/33 of 18 June 1993 of the Governing
Council of the United Nations Development Programme,  2/

      Noting the work being undertaken by the Intergovernmental
Negotiating Committee for the Elaboration of an International
Convention to Combat Desertification in Those Countries Experiencing
Serious Drought and/or Desertification, particularly in Africa,

      Referring to its resolution 48/175, in which it recalled the
appeals to the United Nations Development Programme and the United
Nations Environment Programme to continue and strengthen their
cooperation in combating desertification, notably through support for
the Office to Combat Desertification and Drought  3/ by the joint
venture programme,

      Having considered the report of the Secretary-General on the
implementation of its resolution 48/175,  4/

      Expressing its concern at the present level of resources
available to relevant United Nations bodies, including the Office to
Combat Desertification and Drought of the United Nations Development
Programme, to support activities to combat desertification and
mitigate the effects of drought in all affected developing countries
and regions,

      1.    Welcomes the efforts made by the United Nations Environment
Programme and the United Nations Development Programme to strengthen
their cooperation in combating desertification through the United
Nations Environment Programme/United Nations Development Programme
partnership to combat desertification;

      2.    Renews its appeal to Governments, regional economic
integration organizations and other interested organizations, as well
as non-governmental organizations, to make contributions to relevant
United Nations bodies, including the Office to Combat Desertification
and Drought of the United Nations Development Programme, to strengthen
their capacity to support activities to combat desertification and
mitigate the effects of drought in all affected developing countries
and regions;

      3.    Requests the Secretary-General to submit to the General
Assembly at its fifty-second session a report on the implementation of
the present resolution, which would be considered under one unified
sub-item on the agenda entitled "Implementation of decisions and
recommendations of the United Nations Conference on Environment and
Development", under the item entitled "Environment and sustainable
development".

                                                          96th plenary meeting
                                                              20 December 1995


                                     Notes

1/   See 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/   See Official Records of the Economic and Social Council,
1993, Supplement No. 15 (E/1993/35), annex I.

3/   Formerly, United Nations Sudano-Sahelian Office (UNSO). The
acronym UNSO is retained with the new name.

4/   A/50/347.

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