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A/RES/50/130


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

23 February 1996

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Fiftieth session
Agenda item 12


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

           [on the report of the Second Committee (A/50/615/Add.1)]


            50/130.  Communication for development programmes
                     in the United Nations system

      The General Assembly,

      Having considered the report of the Joint Inspection Unit
entitled "Communication for development programmes in the United
Nations system",  1/ and the comments of the Administrative
Committee on Coordination on that report,  2/

      Noting the need for the improvement of the development of
communication capacities within the United Nations system to ensure
effective inter-agency coordination and cooperation,

      Recognizing the pivotal role of communication in the successful
implementation of development programmes within the United Nations
system and in the improvement of the interaction among actors in
development, namely, the agencies, organizations, funds and programmes
of the United Nations system, Governments and non-governmental
organizations,

      Recognizing also that the regional commissions can play a role,
where appropriate, in the development of communication capacities for
the development of developing countries,

      Recognizing further the need for transparent and system-wide
communication coordination within the United Nations system in order
to improve the planning, formulation and execution of development
programmes to benefit the international community, in particular the
developing countries,

      Aware of the need to intensify the efforts aimed at further
reducing administrative and other related costs in various activities
of agencies, organizations, funds and programmes within the United
Nations system and improving the effectiveness of programme delivery
as regards development programmes of the United Nations system as a
development partner in the development of the developing countries,

      Noting that the Joint Inspection Unit will be preparing a
separate study entitled "A review of telecommunications and related
information technologies in the United Nations system",

      1.    Takes note of the report of the Joint Inspection Unit
entitled "Communication for development programmes in the United
Nations system" 1/ and of the comments of the Administrative Committee
on Coordination on that report, 2/ and, in this context, invites the
Joint Inspection Unit to take into consideration the requirements of
developing countries;

      2.    Recognizes the important role of communication for
development programmes in the United Nations system in enhancing the
transparency of system-wide coordination within the United Nations
system, inter alia, for the development of the developing countries;

      3.    Invites the Committee on Information, in accordance with its
mandate, and where appropriate, to consider this question at its
forthcoming session;

      4.    Recognizes the need further to facilitate inter-agency
cooperation and to maximize the impact of the development programmes
of the entities concerned;

      5.    Also recognizes the role of effective communication in
disseminating the outcome and follow-up of major United Nations
conferences and in ensuring the effective flow of such information to
various non-governmental organizations, including grass-roots-level
organizations;

      6.    Encourages the relevant agencies, organizations, funds and
programmes of the United Nations system, including the regional
commissions, as appropriate, to use informal mechanisms such as
round-table conferences to improve communication for development
programmes in the United Nations system;

      7.    Emphasizes the need for the relevant agencies,
organizations, funds and programmes of the United Nations system to
develop a systematic approach to capacity-building in the development
of communication capacities, particularly with respect to the training
of field workers and development workers and technicians as well as
communication planners and specialists, especially in the developing
countries;

      8.    Invites the relevant agencies, organizations, funds and
programmes of the United Nations system, as well as Governments and
the regional commissions, to consider identifying focal points for the
purpose of facilitating dialogue in the exchange of information on
communication on issues related to development so as to strengthen
coordination and international cooperation in this area;
      9.    Invites all countries, in particular the donor community, to
provide resources, as appropriate, to support initiatives on
development of capacities for developing countries;

      10.   Requests the Secretary-General, in consultation with the
Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organization, in accordance with that agency's mandate in the
field of communication and with resolution 4.1, adopted by the General
Conference at its twenty-eighth session,  3/ to report to the
General Assembly at its fifty-first session on the implementation of
the present resolution and on a biennial basis thereafter.

                                                          96th plenary meeting
                                                              20 December 1995


                                     Notes

1/       A/50/126-E/1995/20, annex.

2/       A/50/126/Add.1-E/1995/20/Add.1, annex.

3/       See United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization, Records of the General Conference, Twenty-eighth
Session, Paris, 25 October to 16 November 1995, vol. I: Resolutions,
sect. IV.

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