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A/RES/50/116


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

16 February 1996

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Fiftieth session
Agenda item 96 (e)


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

           [on the report of the Second Committee (A/50/618/Add.4)]


                50/116.  Implementation of the outcome of the
                         Global Conference on the Sustainable
                         Development of Small Island Developing
                         States


      The General Assembly,

      Recalling its resolution 49/122 of 19 December 1994 on the Global
Conference on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing
States,

      Recalling also its resolution 49/100 of 19 December 1994 on
specific measures in favour of island developing countries,

      Reaffirming that, because the development options of small island
developing States are limited, there are special challenges to
devising and implementing sustainable development plans, and that
small island developing States will be constrained in meeting such
challenges without the cooperation of the international community,

      1.    Takes notes with appreciation of the report of the
Secretary-General  1/ on action taken by the organs, organizations
and bodies of the United Nations system to implement the Programme of
Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing
States,  2/ and welcomes in particular the action that has been
taken by the Department for Policy Coordination and Sustainable
Development of the United Nations Secretariat to support the system-
wide implementation of the Programme of Action;

      2.    Notes the establishment of the Small Island Developing
States Unit within the above-mentioned Department, and requests the
Secretary-General to maintain the level of staffing and the structure
and organization of the Unit in accordance with General Assembly
resolution 49/122;

      3.    Welcomes the action that has been taken to enable the
regional commissions to support activities to coordinate the outcome
of the Global Conference on the Sustainable Development of Small
Island Developing States;

      4.    Takes note of the interim measures that have been instituted
to strengthen the capacity of the United Nations Conference on Trade
and Development to enable it to complement the functions of the above-
mentioned Department with respect to the implementation of the
Programme of Action, and requests the Secretary-General to implement
fully the relevant provisions of General Assembly resolution 49/122;

      5.    Calls upon Governments, as well as the organs, organizations
and bodies of the United Nations system, other intergovernmental
organizations and non-governmental organizations, to continue to
implement fully all the commitments and recommendations that were made
at the Global Conference, and to continue to take the action necessary
for effective follow-up to the Programme of Action, including action
to ensure the provision of the means of implementation under chapter
XV thereof;

      6.    Welcomes, in particular, the progress made by the United
Nations Development Programme in implementing General Assembly
resolution 49/122, and invites the Programme to continue to implement
all the provisions of both the technical assistance programme and the
information network for small island developing States, as
appropriate;

      7.    Takes note of the support that has been provided by the
Commission on Sustainable Development  3/ to following up the
implementation of the Programme of Action in accordance with General
Assembly resolution 49/122 and the Programme of Action itself, and
invites the Commission at its fourth session to consider giving due
attention to small island developing States in the national
presentations on coastal zone management;

      8.    Notes the initial action that has been taken by the United
Nations Conference on Trade and Development and by the Department for
Policy Coordination and Sustainable Development in preparation for the
high-level panel that is being convened to discuss the challenges
faced by island developing countries, particularly in the area of
external trade, and invites the Conference and the Department to
complete their arrangements in time for the fourth session of the
Commission on Sustainable Development, and to make the report of the
panel available to the Conference at its ninth session;

      9.    Requests the Secretary-General to ensure that the Small
Island Developing States Unit of the above-mentioned Department
include in its work programme, along with an indication of the
resources of its activities and programmes, provision for the
development and compilation of a vulnerability index for small island
developing States, to be prepared in collaboration with the United
Nations Conference on Trade and Development and other relevant
organizations;

      10.   Requests the Secretary-General to submit to the General
Assembly at its fifty-third session a report on the plans, programmes
and projects for the sustainable development of small island
developing States that have been implemented in response to the
Programme of Action, as well as those that are under implementation
and those that are envisaged for implementation within five years of
the date of the report;

      11.   Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its fifty-
first session, under the item entitled "Environment and sustainable
development", the sub-item entitled "Implementation of the outcome of
the Global Conference on the Sustainable Development of Small Island
Developing States";

      12.   Requests the Secretary-General to submit to the General
Assembly at its fifty-first session a report on action taken to
implement the present resolution.

                                                          96th plenary meeting
                                                              20 December 1995


                                     Notes

1/   A/50/422 and Add.1.

2/   Report of the Global Conference on the Sustainable
Development of Small Island Developing States, Bridgetown, Barbados,
25 April-6 May 1994 (A/CONF.167/9 and Corr.1 and 2) (United Nations
publication, Sales No. E.94.I.18 and corrigenda), chap. I, resolution 1, 
annex II.

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

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