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A/RES/50/142


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

1 February 1996

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Fiftieth session
Agenda item 105


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

               [on the report of the Third Committee (A/50/628)]


            50/142.     Follow-up to the International Year of
                        the Family

      The General Assembly,

      Recalling its resolutions 44/82 of 8 December 1989, 45/133 of
14 December 1990, 46/92 of 16 December 1991 and 47/237 of 20 September
1993, concerning the proclamation, preparations for and observance of
the International Year of the Family,

      Taking note with appreciation of the report of the Secretary-
General on the observance of the International Year of the Family, 1/

      Bearing in mind the results of the International Conference on
Population and Development, 2/ the World Summit for Social
Development 3/ and the Fourth World Conference on Women, 4/ within which 
it was noted that the family is the basic unit of society and as such should be
strengthened, that it is entitled to receive comprehensive protection
and support, that in different cultural, political and social systems
various forms of family exist and that the rights, capabilities and
responsibilities of family members must be respected,

      Noting the accomplishments resulting from the observance of the
International Year of the Family, inter alia, the new initiatives and
long-term activities in support of the family all over the world, in
particular at the local and national levels, and the value of
international cooperation on family issues,

      1.    Invites Governments to continue their action to build
family-friendly societies, inter alia, by promoting the rights of
individual family members, in particular gender equality and the
protection and development of the child;

      2.    Urges Governments to ratify or accede to and to ensure
implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of
Discrimination against Women 5/ so that universal ratification can be
achieved by the year 2000 and to take urgent measures to achieve
universal ratification of or accession to the Convention on the Rights
of the Child 6/ before the end of 1995, and urges those who have not
yet done so to become party to the Convention in order to achieve
universal implementation by the year 2000;

      3.    Welcomes the proposals, contained in the report of the
Secretary-General, on the follow-up to the International Year of the
Family; 7/

      4.    Invites the Commission for Social Development to consider
how best to integrate the follow-up to the International Year of the
Family into its work programme as laid out in Economic and Social
Council resolution 1995/60 of 28 July 1995, taking into account the
integrated follow-up of major United Nations conferences, to form part
of a holistic approach to development and social progress;

      5.    Requests the Secretary-General:

      (a)   To submit proposals to the Commission for Social Development
in order to assist the Commission in its work;

      (b)   To prepare a comprehensive document containing the family-
related provisions from the outcome of the World Summit for
Children, 8/ the United Nations Conference on Environment and
Development, 9/ the World Conference on Human Rights, 10/ the
International Conference on Population and Development, 2/ the World
Summit for Social Development, 3/ the Fourth World Conference on
Women, 4/ and the United Nations Conference on Human Settlements
(Habitat II), to be submitted to the Commission for Social Development
at its thirty-fifth session;

      (c)   To report to the General Assembly at its fifty-second
session, through the Commission for Social Development and the
Economic and Social Council, on the progress made on the follow-up to
the International Year of the Family, taking into account the
promotion of integrated reporting;

      (d)   To continue the operation of the Voluntary Fund for the
International Year of the Family, to be renamed the United Nations
Trust Fund on Family Activities, to provide financial assistance for
activities specific to the family and projects of direct benefit to
it, with special focus on least developed and developing countries,
giving particular attention to non-traditional resources;

      6.    Calls upon Governments, as well as organizations,
individuals and the private sector, to contribute generously to the
United Nations Trust Fund on Family Activities.


                                                          97th plenary meeting
                                                              21 December 1995


                             Notes


1/    A/50/370.

2/    See Report of the International Conference on Population and
Development, Cairo, 5-13 September 1994 (United Nations publication,
Sales No. E. 95.XIII.18).

3/    See A/CONF.166/9.

4/    See A/CONF.177/20 and Add.1.

5/    Resolution 34/180, annex.

6/    Resolution 44/25, annex.

7/    A/50/370, sect. XVI.

8/    A/45/625, annex.

9/    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).

10/   See A/CONF.157/24 (Part I).

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