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A/RES/50/166


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

16 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 and Corr.1)]


            50/166.     The role of the United Nations
                        Development Fund for Women in
                        eliminating violence against women

      The General Assembly,

      Welcoming the Beijing Declaration and the Platform for Action,
 1/ which called for the prevention and elimination of all forms
of violence against women and girls and the promotion and protection
of all human rights of women and girls, stressing that acts or threats
of violence, whether occurring within the home or in the community or
perpetrated or condoned by the State, instilled fear and insecurity in
women's lives and were obstacles to the achievement of equality,
development and peace,

      Recalling that the Platform for Action called for action to
eradicate violence against the girl child, recognizing that girls were
more vulnerable to all kinds of violence,

      Recalling also that the Vienna Declaration and Programme of
Action  2/ affirmed that gender-based violence and all forms of
sexual harassment and exploitation, including those resulting from
cultural prejudice and international trafficking, were incompatible
with the dignity and worth of the human person and must be eliminated,

      Recalling further its resolution 48/104 of 20 December 1993,
proclaiming the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against
Women, in which it recognized that violence against women violated and
impaired or nullified the enjoyment by women of human rights and
fundamental freedoms,

      Recognizing the importance of the effective implementation of the
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against
Women,  3/

      Emphasizing the need for full implementation by Governments and
community organizations, non-governmental organizations, educational
institutions, and the public and private sectors, as appropriate, of
the measures set out in the Beijing Declaration and the Platform for
Action,

      Urging that Governments allocate adequate resources within their
budgets and mobilize community resources for activities related to the
elimination of violence against women, including resources for the
implementation of plans of action at all appropriate levels, as called
for in paragraph 124 (p) of the Platform for Action,

      Taking note of Economic and Social Council resolution 1995/27 of
24 July 1995, in which the Council approved resolution 8 of the Ninth
United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment
of Offenders concerning the elimination of violence against women and
urged the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice to
continue to consider the elimination of violence against women within
its priority themes and within the training and technical assistance
efforts of the United Nations crime prevention and criminal justice
programme,

      Recognizing the importance of cooperation with the Special
Rapporteur of the Commission on Human Rights on violence against
women,

      Reaffirming the importance of developing a holistic and
multidisciplinary approach to the task of promoting families,
communities and States that are free from violence against women, and
affirming the need for coordinated and strengthened international
support for this approach,


      Recalling its resolution 48/107 of 20 December 1993, in which it
reaffirmed the catalytic role that the United Nations Development Fund
for Women has played in facilitating the efforts of Governments and
non-governmental organizations at the national and community levels to
support innovative activities that directly benefit and empower women
and in increasing opportunities and options for women in developing
countries to participate more effectively in the development of their
countries, in line with national priorities,

      1.    Reiterates its appreciation for the advocacy initiatives of
the United Nations Development Fund for Women, including its
contribution to and participation in the follow-up to the Vienna
Declaration and Programme of Action, in particular with respect to
efforts to combat violence against women, commends the Fund for its
support of catalytic and innovative projects that strengthen the
national capacity to improve the situation of women, and takes note
with appreciation of the Platform for Action which affirmed that the
Fund had the mandate to increase options and opportunities for women's
economic and social development in developing countries by providing
technical and financial assistance to incorporate the women's
dimension into development at all levels and that it should review and
strengthen, as appropriate, its work programme in the light of the
Platform for Action, focusing on women's political and economic
empowerment;

      2.    Requests the Fund, as one of the operational bodies of the
United Nations, to take into account the need to strengthen its
activities to eliminate violence against women as part of system-wide
efforts of the United Nations towards this goal, in accordance with
the measures set out in the Beijing Declaration and the Platform for
Action and the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against
Women and focusing on activities, particularly at the national and
community levels, and calls upon Member States to promote cooperation
with the Fund to these ends;

      3.    Also requests the Fund, in undertaking any relevant
activities, to cooperate closely with the relevant United Nations
organs and bodies, in particular the Division for the Advancement of
Women of the Secretariat, the Special Rapporteur of the Commission on
Human Rights on violence against women, the Centre for Human Rights of
the Secretariat, the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Branch of
the Secretariat and the United Nations Children's Fund, in order to
ensure that its activities form part of the system-wide efforts of the
United Nations to eliminate violence against women;

      4.    Further requests the Fund to include in its regular reports
information regarding its activities to eliminate violence against
women and girls and to provide such information to the Commission on
the Status of Women and the Commission on Human Rights;

      5.    Requests the Administrator of the United Nations Development
Programme, in consultation with the Secretary-General, as well as with
the relevant United Nations organs and bodies, in particular the
Division for the Advancement of Women, the Special Rapporteur of the
Commission on Human Rights on violence against women, the Centre for
Human Rights and the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Branch, to
consider the possibility of establishing a trust fund, within the
existing mandate, structure and management of the United Nations
Development Fund for Women, in support of national, regional and
international actions, including those taken by Governments and non-
governmental organizations, to eliminate violence against women;

      6.    Requests the Fund to include in its regular reports
information on the implementation of the present resolution and also
to provide such information to the Commission on the Status of Women
and the Commission on Human Rights.


                                                          99th plenary meeting
                                                              22 December 1995


                                     Notes

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

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

3/          Resolution 34/180, annex.

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