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A/RES/50/145


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

15 February 1996

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Fiftieth session
Agenda item 106


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

               [on the report of the Third Committee (A/50/629)]


            50/145.  Ninth United Nations Congress on the
                     Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of
                     Offenders

      The General Assembly,

      Emphasizing the responsibility assumed by the United Nations in
the field of crime prevention and criminal justice in pursuance of
Economic and Social Council resolution 155 C (VII) of 13 August 1948
and General Assembly resolution 415 (V) of 1 December 1950,

      Acknowledging that the United Nations congresses on the
prevention of crime and the treatment of offenders, as major
intergovernmental forums, have influenced national policies and
practices and promoted international cooperation in this field by
facilitating the exchange of views and experiences, mobilizing public
opinion and recommending policy options at the national, regional and
international levels,

      Recalling its resolution 46/152 of 18 December 1991, in the annex
to which Member States affirmed that the United Nations congresses on
the prevention of crime and the treatment of offenders should be held
every five years and should provide a forum for, inter alia, the
exchange of views between States, intergovernmental and
non-governmental organizations and individual experts representing
various professions and disciplines, the exchange of experiences in
research, law and policy development and the identification of
emerging trends and issues in crime prevention and criminal justice,

      Bearing in mind the theme for the Ninth United Nations Congress
on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders, which was
"Less crime, more justice:  security for all", and the importance of
achieving this goal at the national and international levels,

      Deeply concerned about the rising levels of crime in many parts
of the world, particularly transnational organized crime and its
negative effects on socio-economic development, political stability
and the internal and external security of States, as well as on the
well-being of people,

      Convinced that the United Nations crime prevention and criminal
justice programme has a significant role to play in enhancing regional
and interregional cooperation in crime prevention and criminal justice
in order to achieve further progress in this area, including the
mobilization and coordination of efforts by Member States to combat
crime in all its forms and to ensure greater justice,

      Recalling its resolution 49/157 of 23 December 1994, in which it
requested the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice to
give priority attention at its fourth session to the conclusions and
recommendations of the Ninth Congress, with a view to recommending,
through the Economic and Social Council, appropriate follow-up by the
General Assembly at its fiftieth session,

      Having considered the report of the Ninth Congress  1/ and the
related recommendations made by the Commission on Crime Prevention and
Criminal Justice at its fourth session,  2/

      1.    Expresses its satisfaction with the results achieved by the
Ninth United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the
Treatment of Offenders, held at Cairo from 29 April to 8 May 1995;

      2.    Expresses its profound gratitude to the Government and
people of Egypt for the generous hospitality extended to the
participants at the Ninth Congress and for the efficient facilities,
staff and services placed at their disposal;

      3.    Takes note with appreciation of the report of the Ninth
Congress, which contains the results of the Congress, including the
recommendations and suggestions made at the workshops, at the special
plenary meeting on combating corruption involving public officials and
at the special plenary meeting on technical cooperation;

      4.    Endorses the resolutions adopted by the Ninth Congress, as
approved by the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice,
and also endorses the recommendations made by the Commission, at its
fourth session, and by the Economic and Social Council, at its
substantive session of 1995, on the implementation of the resolutions
and recommendations of the Ninth Congress, as contained in Council
resolution 1995/27 of 24 July 1995;

      5.    Invites Governments to be guided by the resolutions and
recommendations of the Ninth Congress in formulating legislation and
policy directives and to make all efforts to implement the principles
contained therein, in accordance with the economic, social, legal,
cultural and political circumstances of each country;

      6.    Requests the Secretary-General to pay particular attention
to the operational aspects of the follow-up to the Ninth Congress in
order to assist interested States in strengthening the rule of law by
reinforcing their national machinery, promoting human resource
development, undertaking joint training activities and executing pilot
and demonstration projects, and urges the Department for Development
Support and Management Services of the Secretariat, the United Nations
Development Programme, the World Bank and other funding agencies to
continue to provide financial support and assistance within the
framework of their technical cooperation programmes;

      7.    Urges all entities of the United Nations system, including
the regional commissions, the regional institutes for the prevention
of crime and the treatment of offenders and the relevant
intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations to become
actively involved in the implementation of the resolutions and
recommendations of the Ninth Congress, paying particular attention to
the needs and priorities identified by Member States;

      8.    Expresses its appreciation to those Member States,
institutes and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations
which have provided human and financial resources, particularly on the
occasion of the Ninth Congress, and invites Governments to lend their
support to the United Nations crime prevention and criminal justice
programme and to increase their financial contributions to the United
Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Trust Fund;

      9.    Requests the Secretary-General to circulate the report of
the Ninth Congress to Member States and intergovernmental and
non-governmental organizations, so as to ensure that it is
disseminated as widely as possible, and to conduct appropriate public
information activities in this field;

      10.   Also requests the Secretary-General to submit to the General
Assembly, at its fifty-first session, a report on the measures taken
to implement the present resolution;

      11.   Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its fifty-
first session the item entitled "Crime prevention and criminal
justice".


                                                          97th plenary meeting
                                                              21 December 1995


                                     Notes

1/          A/CONF.169/16.

2/          Official Records of the Economic and Social Council, 1995,
Supplement No. 10 (E/1995/30), chap II.

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