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A/RES/50/162


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

1 February 1996

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Fiftieth session
Agenda item 107


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

               [on the report of the Third Committee (A/50/630)]

            50/162.  Proposed merger of the International
                     Research and Training Institute for the
                     Advancement of Women and the United
                     Nations Development Fund for Women

      The General Assembly,

      Recalling its resolution 48/111 of 20 December 1993 regarding the
proposal to merge the International Research and Training Institute
for the Advancement of Women and the United Nations Development Fund
for Women,

      Recalling also its resolution 49/160 of 23 December 1994
regarding the proposed merger,

      Bearing in mind the report of the Secretary-General of
7 July 1994,  1/ submitted pursuant to resolution 48/111, 

      Bearing in mind also the report of the Advisory Committee on
Administrative and Budgetary Questions of 7 September 1994,  2/
prepared in compliance with resolution 48/111,


      Taking into consideration its request to the Secretary-General,
in resolution 49/160, that he submit, through the Advisory Committee
on Administrative and Budgetary Questions, an updated report which
would contain, inter alia, the information requested by the Economic
and Social Council in its decision 1993/235 of 27 July 1993 and by the
General Assembly in paragraphs 2 and 3 of resolution 48/111, as well
as the additional information requested by the Advisory Committee,

      Also taking into consideration paragraph 5 of resolution 49/160,
in which it requested the Economic and Social Council to re-examine
the issue at a resumed session to take place after the Fourth World
Conference on Women and before the Third Committee of the General
Assembly considered the question of the advancement of women, taking
into account the deliberations of the Commission on the Status of
Women at its thirty-ninth session, the Fourth World Conference on
Women and the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary
Questions concerning institutional arrangements in the United Nations
system for the advancement of women,

      Keeping in mind that the Commission on the Status of Women did
not give an opinion on this matter, as requested by the General
Assembly in resolution 49/160, owing to the lack of the documents
requested therein,

      Keeping in mind also that the Fourth World Conference on Women
did not discuss the proposed merger of the Institute and the Fund, but
outlined their mandates separately and distinctly,

      Taking note of the opinion expressed in the report of the Joint
Inspection Unit, entitled "The advancement of women through and in the
programmes of the United Nations system:  what happens after the
Fourth World Conference on Women?",  3/ that the vast majority of
women, and the most pressing problems for women, are in the developing
world and that therefore at least one of the specific United Nations
women's units should also be based there,

      1.    Takes note of the note by the Secretariat  4/ prepared
pursuant to General Assembly resolution 49/160;

      2.    Takes note also of the report of the Advisory Committee on
Administrative and Budgetary Questions;  5/

      3.    Reaffirms the view expressed in paragraph 360 of the
Platform for Action adopted by the Fourth World Conference on Women at
Beijing on 15 September 1995  6/ that, recognizing the roles of
United Nations funds, programmes and specialized agencies, in
particular the special roles of the United Nations Development Fund
for Women and the International Research and Training Institute for
the Advancement of Women, in the promotion of the empowerment of women
and, therefore, in the implementation of the Platform for Action
within their respective mandates, inter alia, in research, training
and information activities for the advancement of women, as well as
technical and financial assistance to incorporate a gender perspective
in development efforts, the resources provided by the international
community need to be sufficient and should be maintained at an
adequate level;

      4.    Concurs with the views expressed in paragraphs 334 and 335
of the Platform for Action concerning the mandates of the Institute
and the Fund;

      5.    Regrets that, owing to the absence of sufficient information
on the legal, technical and administrative implications of the
proposed merger, it is currently unable to decide on the proposed
merger;

      6.    Urges the Secretary-General to implement the mandates set
out in its resolution 49/163 of 23 December 1994;

      7.    Recommends that the interaction between the Commission on
the Status of Women, the International Research and Training Institute
for the Advancement of Women, the Committee on the Elimination of
Discrimination against Women, the Division for the Advancement of
Women of the Secretariat and the United Nations Development Fund for
Women should be reviewed and rationalized within the context of
ongoing efforts to revitalize the Economic and Social Council in
pursuance of a stronger, more unified programme for the advancement of
women as requested in paragraph 2 of resolution 48/111;

      8.    Also recommends that any proposal dealing with the
institutional structure and the mandates of the different United
Nations bodies dealing with the advancement of women must be
considered part of the general restructuring exercise of the United
Nations.


                                                          99th plenary meeting
                                                              22 December 1995


                                     Notes

1/          A/49/217-E/1994/103.

2/          A/49/365-E/1994/119.

3/          See A/50/509, para. 225.

4/          A/50/747-E/1995/126.

5/          A/50/785-E/1995/128.

6/          A/CONF.177/20, chap. I, resolution 1, annex II.

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