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A/RES/50/137


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

30 January 1996

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Fiftieth session
Agenda item 103


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

               [on the report of the Third Committee (A/50/626)]


            50/137.     Report of the Committee on the
                        Elimination of Racial Discrimination


      The General Assembly,

      Recalling its previous resolutions concerning the reports of the
Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and its
resolutions on the status of the International Convention on the
Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination,  1/

      Reiterating the importance of the Convention, which is one of the
most widely accepted human rights instruments adopted under the
auspices of the United Nations,

      Aware of the importance of the contributions of the Committee to
the efforts of the United Nations to combat racism and all other forms
of discrimination based on race, colour, descent or national or ethnic
origin,

      Reiterating once again the need to intensify the struggle for the
elimination of all forms of racism and racial discrimination
throughout the world, especially its most brutal forms,

      Emphasizing the obligation of all States parties to the
Convention to take legislative, judicial and other measures in order
to secure full implementation of the provisions of the Convention,

      Bearing in mind the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action,
adopted by the World Conference on Human Rights on 25 June 1993,  2/
in particular section II.B, relating to equality, dignity and
tolerance, and General Assembly resolution 49/208 of 23 December 1994,
in particular paragraph 7 thereof,

      Concerned that the amendment to the Convention regarding the
financing of the Committee, as decided upon at the Fourteenth Meeting
of States Parties to the International Convention on the Elimination
of All Forms of Racial Discrimination on 15 January 1992  3/ and
endorsed by the General Assembly in its resolution 47/111 of
16 December 1992, has not yet entered into force,

      Welcoming efforts of the Secretary-General to ensure interim
financial arrangements for the financing of the expenses incurred by
the Committee,

      Stressing the importance of enabling the Committee to function
smoothly and to have all necessary facilities for the effective
performance of its functions under the Convention,

      Having considered the report of the Secretary-General on the
financial situation of the Committee,  4/

      1.    Commends the Committee on the Elimination of Racial
Discrimination for its work with regard to the implementation of the
International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial
Discrimination and the Programme of Action for the Second Decade to
Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination  5/ and its contribution to
the preparation for the Third Decade to Combat Racism and Racial
Discrimination;

      2.    Encourages the Committee to contribute fully to the
implementation of the Third Decade and its revised Programme of
Action,  6/ including by the continued collaboration and flow of
information between the Committee and the Subcommission on Prevention
of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities and the Special
Rapporteur of the Commission on Human Rights on contemporary forms of
racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related
intolerance;  7/

      3.    Welcomes the cooperation and exchange of information between
the Committee and the relevant structures and mechanisms of the United
Nations, such as meetings held with the Special Rapporteur of the
Commission on Human Rights on the situation of human rights in the
territory of the former Yugoslavia and the Special Rapporteur of the
Commission on Human Rights on contemporary forms of racism, racial
discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance  8/ and
encourages their continuation in the future, including with the United
Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights;

      4.    Encourages the use of innovatory procedures by the Committee
for reviewing the implementation of the Convention in States whose
reports are overdue and the formulating of concluding observations on
reports of States parties to the Convention;

      5.    Commends the Committee for its continuous efforts to improve
its contribution to the prevention of racial discrimination, including
early warning and urgent procedures, and welcomes its relevant
decisions and action thereon;  9/

      6.    Welcomes decision 9 (46) of 17 March 1995 adopted by the
Committee, entitled "Contribution of the Committee on the Elimination
of Racial Discrimination to the United Nations Decade for Human Rights
Education" and general recommendation XIX (47) on article 3 of the
Convention;  10/

      7.    Urges all States which have not yet ratified or acceded to
the Convention to do so as soon as possible;

      8.    Encourages States to limit the extent of any reservation
they lodge to the Convention and to formulate any reservation as
precisely and as narrowly as possible while ensuring that no
reservation is incompatible with the object and purpose of the
Convention or otherwise contrary to international law;

      9.    Expresses its profound concern at the fact that a number of
States parties have still not fulfilled their financial obligations,
as shown in the report of the Secretary-General;  11/

      10.   Urges States parties to accelerate their domestic
ratification procedures with regard to the amendment to the Convention
concerning the financing of the Committee and expeditiously to notify
the Secretary-General in writing of their agreement to the amendment,
as decided upon at the Fourteenth Meeting of States Parties to the
International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial
Discrimination 3/ on 15 January 1992 and endorsed by the General
Assembly in its resolution 47/111 of 16 December 1992;

      11.   Takes note with appreciation of the report of the Committee
on the work of its forty-sixth and forty-seventh sessions;  12/

      12.   Requests the Secretary-General to continue to ensure
adequate financial arrangements and appropriate means to enable the
functioning of the Committee;

      13.   Calls upon States parties to fulfil their obligations under
article 9, paragraph 1, of the Convention, to submit in due time their
periodic reports on measures taken to implement the Convention and to
pay their outstanding contributions;

      14.   Strongly appeals to all States parties which are in arrears
to fulfil their outstanding financial obligations under article 8,
paragraph 6, of the Convention;

      15.   Requests the Secretary-General to invite those States
parties which are in arrears to pay the amounts in arrears and to
report thereon to the General Assembly at its fifty-first session;

      16.   Decides to consider at its fifty-first session, under the
item entitled "Elimination of racism and racial discrimination", the
report of the Secretary-General on the financial situation of the
Committee and the report of the Committee;

      17.   Requests the Secretary-General to draw the present
resolution to the attention of States parties to the International
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

                                                          97th plenary meeting
                                                              21 December 1995


                                     Notes

1/   Resolution 2106 A (XX), annex.

2/   A/CONF.157/24 (Part I), chap. III.

3/   See A/49/499, annex I.

4/   A/50/467.

5/   Resolution 38/14, annex.

6/   Resolution 49/146, annex.

7/   See A/50/18, chap. VIII.

8/   Ibid., chap. I, para. 13.

9/   Ibid., chap. II. 

10/  Ibid., chap. I, paras. 17 and 18, and annexes III and VII.

11/  A/50/467, annex I.

12/  A/50/18.

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