United Nations


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

9 September 1996


Fiftieth session
Agenda item 20 (b)


          [without reference to a Main Committee (A/50/L.76/Rev.1 and

               50/244.  Emergency assistance to Costa Rica and

      The General Assembly,

      Recalling its resolutions 43/202, of 20 December 1988, on the
International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction, and 45/199, of 21
December 1990, the annex to which contains the International
Development Strategy for the Fourth United Nations Development Decade,
and Economic and Social Council resolution 1996/45, of 26 July 1996,
on the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction,

      Deeply concerned at the large number of persons killed, missing
and affected by hurricane Ce'sar, which struck Costa Rica and
Nicaragua on 26, 27 and 28 July 1996, thereby rendering more difficult
the task of consolidating a region of peace, democracy, freedom and
development in Central America,

      Also deeply concerned at the tremendous damage caused by
hurricane Ce'sar to the infrastructures and economies of Costa Rica
and Nicaragua, which could adversely affect the economic and social
development plans of both countries,

      Aware of the efforts of the Governments and peoples of Costa Rica
and Nicaragua to save lives and alleviate the suffering of the victims
of hurricane Ce'sar,

      Bearing in mind the enormous effort that will be required to
ameliorate the serious situation caused by this natural disaster,

      Recognizing the prompt response of Governments, organs and
organizations of the United Nations system, particularly the
Department of Humanitarian Affairs of the Secretariat, international
and regional agencies and non-governmental organizations in providing

      Also recognizing that the magnitude of the disaster and its medium-
 and long-term effects will require, as a complement to the efforts
already being made by the peoples and Governments of Costa Rica and
Nicaragua, a demonstration of international solidarity and
humanitarian concern to ensure more broad-based and adequate
multilateral cooperation in order to meet the immediate emergency
situation in the affected areas and initiate the process of

      1.    Expresses its solidarity and support to the Governments and
peoples of Costa Rica and Nicaragua;

      2.    Expresses its gratitude to all the States of the
international community, the international agencies and the non-
governmental organizations that have provided emergency relief to the
affected countries;

      3.    Calls upon all States of the international community as a
matter of urgency to contribute generously, to the extent that they
are able, to relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction operations in
the affected countries;

      4.    Requests the Secretary-General, within existing resources
and in cooperation with international financial institutions, and
organs and organizations of the United Nations system, to assist the
Governments of Costa Rica and Nicaragua in identifying their short-,
medium- and long-term needs and also to collaborate in the
reconstruction efforts undertaken by the Governments of the affected

                                                         122nd plenary meeting
                                                                29 August 1996

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