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A/RES/50/34


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  
50th session
9 February 1996


Fiftieth session
Agenda items 90 and 12


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

     [on the report of the Special Political and Decolonization Committee
                        (Fourth Committee) (A/50/611)]


            50/34.   Implementation of the Declaration on the
                     Granting of Independence to Colonial
                     Countries and Peoples by the specialized
                     agencies and the international
                     institutions associated with the United
                     Nations


      The General Assembly,

      Having considered the item entitled "Implementation of the
Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and
Peoples by the specialized agencies and the international institutions
associated with the United Nations",

      Having also considered the reports submitted on the item by the
Secretary-General  1/ and the Chairman of the Special Committee on
the Situation with regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on
the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples,  2/

      Having examined the chapter of the report of the Special
Committee on the Situation with regard to the Implementation of the
Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and
Peoples relating to the item,  3/

      Recalling its resolutions 1514 (XV) of 14 December 1960 and
1541 (XV) of 15 December 1960, and resolutions of the Special
Committee, as well as other relevant resolutions and decisions of the
United Nations,

      Bearing in mind the relevant provisions of the final documents of
the successive Conferences of Heads of State or Government of Non-
Aligned Countries and of the resolutions adopted by the Assembly of
Heads of State and Government of the Organization of African Unity,
the South Pacific Forum and the Caribbean Community,

      Conscious of the need to facilitate the implementation of the
Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and
Peoples, contained in its resolution 1514 (XV),

      Noting that the large majority of the remaining Non-Self-
Governing Territories are small island Territories,

      Welcoming the assistance extended to Non-Self-Governing
Territories by certain specialized agencies and other organizations of
the United Nations system, in particular the United Nations
Development Programme,

      Stressing that, because the development options of small island
Non-Self-Governing Territories are limited, there are special
challenges to planning for and implementing sustainable development
and that those Territories will be constrained in meeting the
challenges without the continuing cooperation and assistance of the
specialized agencies and other organizations of the United Nations
system,

      Stressing also the importance of securing necessary resources for
funding expanded assistance programmes for the peoples concerned and
the need to enlist the support of all major funding institutions
within the United Nations system in that regard,

      Reaffirming the mandates of the specialized agencies and other
organizations of the United Nations system to take all the appropriate
measures, within their respective spheres of competence, to ensure the
full implementation of resolution 1514 (XV) and other relevant
resolutions,

      Expressing its appreciation to the Organization of African Unity,
the South Pacific Forum and the Caribbean Community, as well as other
regional organizations, for the continuing cooperation and assistance
they have extended to the specialized agencies and other organizations
of the United Nations system in this regard,

      Expressing its conviction that closer contacts and consultations
between and among the specialized agencies and other organizations of
the United Nations system and regional organizations help to
facilitate the effective formulation of assistance programmes for the
peoples concerned,

      Mindful of the imperative need to keep under continuous review
the activities of the specialized agencies and other organizations of
the United Nations system in the implementation of the various United
Nations decisions relating to decolonization,

      Bearing in mind the extremely fragile economies of the Non-Self-
Governing small island Territories and their vulnerability to natural
disasters, such as hurricanes, cyclones and sealevel rise, and
recalling its relevant resolutions,  

      Recalling its resolution 49/41 of 9 December 1994 on the
implementation of the Declaration by the specialized agencies and the
international institutions associated with the United Nations,

      1.    Takes note of the report of the Chairman of the Special
Committee on the Situation with regard to the Implementation of the
Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and
Peoples on his consultations with the President of the Economic and
Social Council and endorses the observations and suggestions arising
therefrom;  4/

      2.    Recommends that all States intensify their efforts in the
specialized agencies and other organizations of the United Nations
system to ensure implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of
Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples and other relevant
resolutions of the United Nations;

      3.    Reaffirms that the specialized agencies and other
organizations and institutions of the United Nations system should
continue to be guided by the relevant resolutions of the United
Nations in their efforts to contribute to the implementation of the
Declaration and other relevant General Assembly resolutions;

      4.    Reaffirms also that the recognition by the General Assembly
and other United Nations organs of the legitimacy of the aspiration of
the peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories to exercise their right
to self-determination entails, as a corollary, the extension of all
appropriate assistance to those peoples;

      5.    Expresses its appreciation to those specialized agencies and
other organizations of the United Nations system that have continued
to cooperate with the United Nations and the regional and subregional
organizations in the implementation of resolution 1514 (XV) and other
relevant resolutions of the United Nations; 

      6.    Requests the specialized agencies and the international
institutions associated with the United Nations, as well as regional
organizations, to examine and review conditions in each Territory so
as to take appropriate measures to accelerate progress in the economic
and social sectors of the Territories and strengthen existing measures
of support, and, in that regard, to formulate appropriate programmes
of assistance to the remaining Non-Self-Governing Territories, within
the framework of their respective mandates;

      7.    Recommends that the executive heads of the specialized
agencies and other organizations of the United Nations system
formulate, with the active cooperation of the regional organizations
concerned, concrete proposals for the full implementation of the
relevant resolutions of the United Nations and submit the proposals to
their governing and legislative organs;

      8.    Also recommends that the specialized agencies and other
organizations of the United Nations system continue to review at the
regular meetings of their governing bodies the implementation of
resolution 1514 (XV) and other relevant resolutions of the United
Nations;

      9.    Welcomes the continuing initiative exercised by the United
Nations Development Programme in maintaining close liaison among the
specialized agencies and other organizations of the United Nations
system and in providing assistance to the peoples of Non-Self-
Governing Territories;

      10.   Encourages Non-Self-Governing Territories to take steps to
establish and/or strengthen disaster preparedness and management
institutions and policies;

      11.   Requests the administering Powers concerned to facilitate
the participation of appointed and elected representatives of Non-
Self-Governing Territories in the relevant meetings and conferences of
the specialized agencies and other organizations of the United Nations
system so that the Territories may benefit from the related activities
of those agencies and other organizations;

      12.   Recommends that all Governments intensify their efforts in
the specialized agencies and other organizations of the United Nations
system of which they are members to ensure the full and effective
implementation of resolution 1514 (XV) and other relevant resolutions
of the United Nations and, in that connection, accord priority to the
question of providing assistance to the peoples of the Non-Self-
Governing Territories;

      13.   Requests the Secretary-General to continue to assist the
specialized agencies and other organizations of the United Nations
system in working out appropriate measures for implementing the
relevant resolutions of the United Nations and to prepare for
submission to the relevant bodies, with the assistance of those
agencies and organizations, a report on the action taken in
implementation of the relevant resolutions, including the present
resolution, since the circulation of his previous report;

      14.   Commends the Economic and Social Council for its debate 
5/ and its resolution 1995/58 of 28 July 1995 on this issue, and
requests it to continue to consider, in consultation with the Special
Committee, appropriate measures for coordination of the policies and
activities of the specialized agencies and other organizations of the
United Nations system in implementing the relevant resolutions of the
General Assembly;

      15.   Requests the specialized agencies to report periodically to
the Secretary-General on the implementation of the present resolution;

      16.   Requests the Secretary-General to transmit the present
resolution to the governing bodies of the appropriate specialized
agencies and international institutions associated with the United
Nations so that those bodies may take the necessary measures to
implement the resolution, and also requests the Secretary-General to
report to the General Assembly at its fifty-first session on the
implementation of the present resolution;

      17.   Requests the Special Committee to continue to examine the
question and to report thereon to the General Assembly at its fifty-
first session.

                                                          82nd plenary meeting
                                                               6 December 1995


                                     Notes

1/             A/50/212 and Add.1.

2/             A/AC.109/L.1838.

3/             A/50/23 (Part IV), chap. VII.

4/            See E/1995/85.

5/            See E/1995/SR.57.

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