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A/RES/50/156


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

29 February 1996

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Fiftieth session
Agenda item 111


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

               [on the report of the Third Committee (A/50/634)]


            50/156.     United Nations Voluntary Fund for
                        Indigenous Populations

      The General Assembly,

      Recalling its resolution 40/131 of 13 December 1985 establishing
the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Populations,

      Taking note of Commission on Human Rights resolution 1995/32 of
3 March 1995, 1/ as endorsed by the Economic and Social Council in its
resolution 1995/32 of 25 July 1995, which authorized the establishment
of an open-ended inter-sessional working group of the Commission on
Human Rights with the sole purpose of elaborating a draft declaration,
considering the draft United Nations declaration on the rights of
indigenous peoples annexed to resolution 1994/45 of 26 August 1994 of
the Subcommission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of
Minorities, 2/ for consideration and adoption by the General Assembly
within the International Decade of the World's Indigenous People,

      Taking note also of the provisions in Commission on Human Rights
resolution 1995/32 regarding the participation of organizations of
indigenous people in the Working Group,

      Emphasizing the importance and special nature of the draft
declaration as a standard-setting exercise specifically for indigenous
people,

      Recognizing the desirability of assisting organizations of
indigenous people to participate in the Working Group,

      1.    Decides that the United Nations Voluntary Fund for
Indigenous Populations should also be used to assist representatives
of indigenous communities and organizations to participate in the
deliberations of the open-ended inter-sessional Working Group of the
Commission on Human Rights established by the Commission in its
resolution 1995/32, as endorsed by the Economic and Social Council on
25 July 1995, as well as in the deliberations of the Working Group on
Indigenous Populations of the Subcommission on Prevention of
Discrimination and Protection of Minorities;

      2.    Requests the Secretary-General to bring the present
resolution to the attention of Member States and to invite them to
consider contributing to the Fund.


                                                          97th plenary meeting
                                                              21 December 1995


                              Notes

      1/    See Official Records of the Economic and Social Council,
1995, Supplement No. 3 and corrigenda (E/1995/23 and Corr.1 and 2),
chap. II, sect. A.

      2/    See E/CN.4/1995/2-E/CN.4/Sub.2/1994/56, chap. II, sect. A.

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