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A/RES/50/115


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

16 February 1996

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Fiftieth session
Agenda item 96 (d)


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

           [on the report of the Second Committee (A/50/618/Add.3)]


            50/115.  Protection of global climate for present
                     and future generations of mankind


      The General Assembly,

      Recalling its resolutions 45/212 of 21 December 1990, 46/169 of
19 December 1991, 47/195 of 22 December 1992, 48/189 of 21 December
1993 and 49/120 of 19 December 1994,

      Noting with satisfaction that a large number of States and one
regional economic integration organization have ratified the United
Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change  1/ and calling upon
other States to take appropriate action to that end,

      Noting that, in accordance with paragraphs 1 and 2 of General
Assembly resolution 48/189, the first session of the Conference of the
Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
was convened from 28 March to 7 April 1995 in Berlin, and that it was
attended by one hundred and sixteen of the then one hundred and
eighteen Parties to the Convention, as well as by a large number of
governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental observers,

      Expressing its deep appreciation to the Government of Germany for
the generous manner in which it hosted the first session of the
Conference of the Parties,

      Looking forward to the ongoing work of the Conference of the
Parties and its subsidiary bodies in addressing climate change within
the framework of the Convention and to the successful conclusion of
the Berlin Mandate  2/ process at the third session of the
Conference of the Parties,

      Noting the important scientific contribution of the World
Meteorological Organization/United Nations Environment Programme
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to the Convention process
and looking forward to the completion of its second assessment report,

      Recognizing the contribution to the Convention process of the
interim secretariat of the Convention, within the framework of the
Department for Policy Coordination and Sustainable Development of the
Secretariat, as well as the support provided to that secretariat by
the World Meteorological Organization, the United Nations Environment
Programme, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the
United Nations Development Programme and bilateral contributors,

      Taking note of the advice of the Secretary-General on an
institutional linkage for the secretariat of the Convention with the
United Nations, including the procedures indicated therein for the
application of the Financial Regulations and the Staff Regulations and
Staff Rules of the United Nations and for the appointment and
accountability of the head of that secretariat,  3/

      Taking note also of the decision of the Conference of the
Parties,  4/ on the basis of the advice of the Secretary-General,
that the Convention secretariat shall be institutionally linked to the
United Nations, while not being fully integrated into the work
programme and management structure of any particular department or
programme,

      Taking note further of the financial procedures for the
Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention
on Climate Change, its subsidiary bodies and its permanent secretariat
adopted at its first session,  5/ whereby, inter alia, the
Secretary-General is asked to establish trust funds for the purposes
of the Convention, to be managed by the head of the Convention
secretariat in accordance with duly delegated authority,

      Taking note further of the decision of the Conference of the
Parties 4/ whereby the General Assembly is requested, bearing in mind
the institutional linkage of the Convention secretariat to the United
Nations and the large number of States that are Parties to the
Convention, to decide to finance from the regular programme budget of
the United Nations the conference-servicing costs arising from
sessions of the Conference of the Parties and its subsidiary bodies
for the duration of the institutional linkage mentioned above, 

      Having considered the report of the Secretary-General on the
implementation of General Assembly resolution 49/120, with particular
reference to the implications arising from the report of the
Conference of the Parties on its first session,  6/

      1.    Takes note with appreciation of:

      (a)   The report of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on
a Framework Convention on Climate Change on its eleventh session; 7/

      (b)   The final report prepared on behalf of the Committee, by its
Chairman, on the completion of the Committee's work;  8/

      (c)   The report of the Conference of the Parties to the
Convention on its first session  9/ and its presentation on behalf
of the President of the Conference;

      2.    Endorses the institutional linkage between the Convention
secretariat and the United Nations, as advised by the
Secretary-General and adopted by the Conference of the Parties; 4/

      3.    Requests the Secretary-General to review the functioning of
this institutional linkage not later than 31 December 1999, in
consultation with the Conference of the Parties, with a view to making
such modifications as may be considered desirable by both parties and
to report thereon to the General Assembly;

      4.    Notes that the Conference of the Parties has decided to
accept the offer of the Government of Germany to host the Convention
secretariat  10/ and expresses its appreciation for the support
offered by the future host Government for the relocation and effective
functioning of the Convention secretariat;

      5.    Notes with appreciation contributions made to the
extrabudgetary funds established under paragraphs 10 and 20 of General
Assembly resolution 45/212, and maintained in accordance with its
resolution 47/195;

      6.    Urges Member States that are Parties to the Convention to
pay promptly and in full for each of the years 1996 and 1997, in
accordance with the indicative scale adopted by consensus by the
Conference of the Parties,  11/ the contributions required for
the trust fund for the core budget of the Convention envisaged in
paragraph 13 of its financial procedures, so as to ensure continuity
in the cash flow required to finance the ongoing work of the
Conference of the Parties, the subsidiary bodies and the Convention
secretariat;

      7.    Calls upon Member States that are Parties to the Convention
to also contribute generously to the trust fund for participation in
the Convention process envisaged in paragraph 15 of its financial
procedures, as well as to the trust funds envisaged for supplementary
activities under the Convention;  12/

      8.    Decides to include in the calendar of conferences and
meetings for 1996-1997 the sessions of the Conference of the Parties
and its subsidiary bodies envisaged for that biennium entailing twelve
weeks of conference-servicing facilities;

      9.    Requests the Secretary-General to make the necessary
arrangements to include in the calendar of conferences and meetings
for the biennium 1998-1999 those sessions of the Conference of the
Parties and its subsidiary bodies that the Conference may need to
convene in that period;

      10.   Takes note of the transitional arrangement for
administrative support to the Convention secretariat, outlined in the
report of the Secretary-General on the implementation of General
Assembly resolution 49/120, with particular reference to the
implications arising from the report of the Conference of the Parties,
on its first session,  13/ which should facilitate the
establishment and relocation of the Convention secretariat and assist
it in addressing any initial financial and personnel problems that may
be encountered within this context, and also takes note of the
financing arrangements contained in paragraphs 8 and 9 above, and
requests the Secretary-General to review these arrangements towards
the end of the biennium 1996-1997 and to report upon the results of
this review to the Assembly at its fifty-second session;

      11.   Notes that the Secretary-General intends: 

      (a)   To transfer the end-1995 balance in the trust fund for the
negotiating process established under paragraph 20 of General Assembly
resolution 45/212 into the trust fund for the core budget of the
Convention envisaged in paragraph 13 of its financial procedures; 

      (b)   To transfer the end-1995 balance in the special voluntary
fund for participation in the negotiating process established under
paragraph 10 of the same resolution into the trust fund for
participation in the Convention process envisaged in paragraph 15 of
the aforementioned financial procedures;

      12.   Requests the Secretary-General to report to the General
Assembly at its fifty-first session on the implementation of the
present resolution;

      13.   Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its
fifty-first session the item entitled "Protection of global climate
for present and future generations of mankind".

                                                          96th plenary meeting
                                                              20 December 1995


                                 Notes

1/   A/AC.237/18 (Part II)/Add.1 and Corr.1, annex I.

2/   FCCC/CP/1995/7/Add.1, decision 1/CP.1.

3/   See A/AC.237/79/Add.1; FCCC/CP/1995/5/Add.4; and A/50/716,
para. 49.

4/   FCCC/CP/1995/7/Add.1, decision 14/CP.1.

5/   Ibid., decision 15/CP.1, annex I.

6/   A/50/716.

7/   A/AC.237/91 and Add.1.

8/   A/50/536, annex.

9/   FCCC/CP/1995/7 and Add.1.

10/  FCCC/CP/1995/7/Add.1, decision 16/CP.1.

11/  Ibid., decision 15/CP.1, annex II.

12/  Ibid., decision 15/CP.1, annex I, and decision 18/CP.1.

13/  A/50/716, paras. 36-38.

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