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A/RES/50/201


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29 February 1996

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Fiftieth session
Agenda item 112 (d)


           RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

     [on the report of the Third Committee (A/50/635/Add.4)]


          50/201.   Comprehensive implementation of and
                    follow-up to the Vienna Declaration
                    and Programme of Action

     The General Assembly,

     Recalling its resolution 48/121 of 20 December 1993, in
which it endorsed the Vienna Declaration and Programme of
Action,  1/ adopted by the World Conference on Human Rights,
held in June 1993, as well as its resolution 49/208 of 23
December 1994 on the comprehensive implementation of and follow-
up to the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action,

     Recalling also Commission on Human Rights resolution 1994/95
of 9 March 1994,  2/ in which the Commission decided to
review annually the progress towards the full implementation of
the recommendations contained in the Vienna Declaration and
Programme of Action,

     Reaffirming the view of the World Conference on Human Rights
that the promotion and protection of human rights is a matter of
priority for the international community,

     Considering that the promotion of universal respect for and
observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms is one of the
basic purposes of the Charter of the United Nations and one of
the main priorities of the Organization,

     Recognizing the urgency of eliminating denials and
violations of human rights, as expressed in the Vienna
Declaration and Programme of Action,

     Convinced that the Vienna Declaration and Programme of
Action has to be translated into effective action by States, the
competent United Nations organs and organizations and other
organizations concerned, including non-governmental
organizations,

     Recognizing the importance of dialogue and cooperation
between Governments and non-governmental organizations in the
field of human rights,

     Noting that the activities envisaged in the Vienna
Declaration and Programme of Action add further to the workload
and the responsibilities of the United Nations human rights
system and that so far only initial steps have been taken towards
bridging the gap between resources and the mandated outputs,

     Recalling the request of the Conference to the Secretary-
General and the General Assembly to take immediate steps to
increase substantially the resources for the human rights
programme from within the existing and future regular budgets of
the United Nations,

     Welcoming the fact that the call of the Conference for a
United Nations system-wide approach to human rights issues has
been reflected in the recommendations of major international
conferences organized by the United Nations in the economic,
social and related fields, in particular in the Programme of
Action of the International Conference on Population and
Development, held at Cairo from 5 to 13 September 1994,  3/
the Copenhagen Declaration on Social Development and the
Programme of Action of the World Summit for Social
Development,  4/ held at Copenhagen from 6 to 12 March 1995
and the Beijing Declaration and the Platform for Action of the
Fourth World Conference on Women,  5/ held at Beijing from 4
to 15 September 1995,

     Noting the ongoing efforts to ensure a coordinated follow-up
to major international conferences in the economic, social and
related fields,

     Recognizing that the interdependence of democracy,
development and respect for human rights, as stated in the Vienna
Declaration and Programme of Action, requires a comprehensive and
integrated approach to the promotion and protection of human
rights,

     Recalling that in its resolution 48/141 the General Assembly
decided to create the post of United Nations High Commissioner
for Human Rights as the United Nations official with principal
responsibility for United Nations human rights activities,
including coordination of the human rights promotion and
protection activities throughout the United Nations system,

     Noting that at the first regular session of 1994 of the
Administrative Committee on Coordination, in April 1994, the
executive heads of all United Nations agencies discussed the
implications of the results of the Conference for their
respective programmes and committed themselves to supporting the
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in the
coordination of the United Nations organs, bodies and the
specialized agencies whose activities deal with human rights, as
set out in resolution 48/141,

     Noting also that the High Commissioner has established a
permanent dialogue with the United Nations programmes and
agencies whose activities deal with human rights in order to
maintain systematic exchanges of information, experience and
expertise,

     Having considered the report of the High Commissioner, 6/

     1.   Takes note with appreciation of the report of the
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights;

     2.   Endorses the reaffirmation in the Vienna Declaration
and Programme of Action of the importance of the promotion of
universal respect for, and observance and protection of, all
human rights and fundamental freedoms in accordance with the
Charter of the United Nations;

     3.   Reaffirms the views of the World Conference on Human
Rights on the urgency of eliminating denials and violations of
human rights;

     4.   Recognizes that the international community should
devise ways and means to remove current obstacles and meet the
challenges to the full realization of all human rights and to
prevent the continuation of human rights violations resulting
therefrom throughout the world;

     5.   Calls upon all States to take further action with a
view to the full realization of all human rights in the light of
the recommendations of the Conference;

     6.   Urges all States to continue to give widespread
publicity to the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action in
order to promote increased awareness of human rights and
fundamental freedoms;

     7.   Reiterates the request of the Conference that immediate
steps be taken to increase substantially the resources for the
human rights programme from within existing and future regular
budgets of the United Nations;

     8.   Welcomes with appreciation the work of the High
Commissioner accomplished thus far, and expresses its commitment
to continue to cooperate with and support the High Commissioner
in the discharge of his mandate, as set out in resolution 48/141;

     9.   Requests the High Commissioner, the General Assembly,
the Commission on Human Rights and other organs and bodies of the
United Nations system related to human rights to take further
action with a view to the full implementation of all the
recommendations of the Conference;

     10.  Also requests the High Commissioner to continue to
coordinate the human rights promotion and protection activities
throughout the United Nations system, as set out in resolution
48/141, including through a permanent dialogue with the United
Nations agencies and programmes whose activities deal with human
rights;

     11.  Invites the Administrative Committee on Coordination to
continue to discuss the implications of the Vienna Declaration
and Programme of Action for the United Nations system;

     12.  Requests the High Commissioner to continue to report on
the measures taken and the progress achieved in the comprehensive
implementation of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action;

     13.  Decides to consider this question at its fifty-first
session under the sub-item "Comprehensive implementation of and
follow-up to the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action".


                                             99th plenary meeting
                                                 22 December 1995


                              Notes

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

2/        Official Records of the Economic and Social Council,
1994, Supplement No. 4 and corrigendum (E/1994/24 and Corr.1),
chap. II, sect. A.

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

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

6/        Official Records of the General Assembly, Fiftieth
Session, Supplement No. 36 (A/50/36).

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