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A/RES/50/154


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

15 February 1996

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Fiftieth session
Agenda item 110


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

               [on the report of the Third Committee (A/50/633)]


            50/154.     The girl child

      The General Assembly,

      Recalling the Beijing Declaration and the Platform for Action of
the Fourth World Conference on Women, 1/ the Copenhagen Declaration on
Social Development and the Programme of Action of the World Summit for
Social Development, 2/ the Programme of Action of the International
Conference on Population and Development, 3/ the Vienna Declaration
and Programme of Action of the World Conference on Human Rights, 4/
Agenda 21 adopted by the United Nations Conference on Environment and
Development, 5/ the Plan of Action for Implementing the World
Declaration on the Survival, Protection and Development of Children in
the 1990s of the World Summit for Children, 6/ the World Declaration on 
Education for All and the Framework for Action to Meet Basic Learning 
Needs 7/ adopted at the World Conference on Education for All:  Meeting 
Basic Learning Needs,

      Recalling also that discrimination against the girl child and the
violation of the rights of the girl child was identified as a critical
area of concern in the Platform for Action of the Fourth World Conference on
Women in the achievement of equality, development and peace for women,
and that the advancement and empowerment of women throughout their
life-cycle must begin with the girl child,

      Noting with appreciation that the World Summit for Children
sensitized the entire world to the plight of children,

      Reaffirming the equal rights of women and men as enshrined in the
Preamble to the Charter of the United Nations, and recalling the
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against
Women 8/ and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, 9/

      1.    Urges all States to eliminate all forms of discrimination
against the girl child and to eliminate the violation of the human
rights of all children, paying particular attention to the obstacles
faced by the girl child;

      2.    Also urges all States, international organizations as well
as non-governmental organizations, individually and collectively to
set goals and to develop and implement gender-sensitive strategies to
address the needs of children, in particular those of girls, in
accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the
goals, strategic objectives and actions contained in the Platform for
Action of the Fourth World Conference on Women;

      3.    Requests all States, international organizations as well as
non-governmental organizations to increase awareness of the potential
of the girl child and to promote the participation of girls and young
women, on an equal basis and as partners with boys and young men, in
social, economic and political life and in the development of
strategies and in the implementation of actions aimed at achieving
gender equality, development and peace;

      4.    Calls upon Member States and organizations and bodies of the
United Nations system, in particular, the United Nations Children's
Fund, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United
Nations and the World Health Organization, to take into account the
rights and the particular needs of the girl child, especially in
education, health and nutrition, and to eliminate negative cultural
attitudes and practices against the girl child;

      5.    Urges all States to eliminate all forms of violence against
children, in particular the girl child;


      6.    Calls upon States, international organizations as well as
non-governmental organizations to help mobilize the necessary
financial resources and political support to achieve goals, strategies
and actions relating to the survival, development and protection of the 
girl child in all programmes for children;

      7.    Requests the Secretary-General to ensure that the goals and
actions relating to the girl child receive full attention in the
implementation of the Platform for Action of the Fourth World
Conference on Women through the work of all organizations and bodies
of the United Nations system;

      8.    Also requests the Secretary-General, as Chairman of the
Administrative Committee on Coordination, to urge all the
organizations and bodies of the United Nations system focusing on the
advancement of women to make commitments to goals and actions relating
to the girl child in the revision and implementation of the system-
wide medium-term plan for the advancement of women for the period
1996-2001, 10/ as well as in the medium-term plan for the period 1998-
2002.


                                                          97th plenary meeting
                                                              21 December 1995


                              Notes

      1/    A/CONF.177/20 and Add.1, chap. I, resolution 1, annexes I
and II.

      2/    A/CONF.166/9, chap. I, resolution 1, annexes I and II.

      3/    Report of the International Conference on Population and
Development, Cairo, 5-13 September 1994 (United Nations publication,
Sales No. E.95.XIII.18), chap. I, resolution 1, annex.

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

      5/    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), vol. I: 
Resolutions Adopted by the Conference, resolution 1, annex II.

      6/    See A/45/625, annex.


      7/    Final Report of the World Conference on Education for All:
Meeting Basic Learning Needs, Jomtien, Thailand, 5-9 March 1990,
Inter-Agency Commission (UNDP, UNESCO, UNICEF, World Bank) for the
World Conference on Education for All, New York, 1990, appendix 1.

      8/    Resolution 34/180, annex.

      9/    Resolution 44/25, annex.

      10/   E/1993/43, annex.

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