United Nations

A/RES/50/41


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  
50th session
4 January 1996


Fiftieth session
Agenda item 21


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

          [without reference to a Main Committee (A/50/L.42/Rev.1 and
                               Rev.1/Add.1)]


                       50/41.   University for Peace


      The General Assembly,

      Recalling that in its resolution 34/111 of 14 December 1979 it
approved the idea of establishing the University for Peace as a
specialized international centre for post-graduate studies, research
and the dissemination of knowledge specifically aimed at training and
education for peace and its universal promotion within the system of
the United Nations University,

      Recalling also that in its resolution 35/55 of 5 December 1980 it
approved the establishment of the University for Peace in conformity
with the International Agreement for the Establishment of the
University for Peace,  1/

      Recalling further its resolutions 45/8 of 24 October 1990 and
46/11 of 24 October 1991, on the tenth anniversary of the University
for Peace and the report of the Secretary-General on that
anniversary,  2/ and its resolution 48/9 of 25 October 1993, in
which it decided to include in the agenda of its fiftieth session the
item entitled "University for Peace",

      Recognizing that the University has suffered from financial
limitations which have impeded the full development of the activities
and programmes necessary for carrying out its important mandate,

      Recognizing also the important and varied activities carried out
by the University during the period 1993-1995, largely thanks to the
financial contributions made by Canada, Costa Rica, the Netherlands
and Spain and contributions by foundations and non-governmental
organizations,

      Noting that in 1991 the Secretary-General, with the assistance of
the United Nations Development Programme, established a Trust Fund for
Peace consisting of voluntary contributions in order to provide the
University with the means necessary to extend its sphere of activity
to the rest of the world, to take full advantage of its potential
capacity for education, research and support of the United Nations and
to carry out its mandate of promoting peace in the world,

      Noting also that the University has placed special emphasis, in
the context of the report of the Secretary-General entitled "An Agenda
for Peace",  3/ on the area of conflict prevention, peace-keeping
and peace-building, as well as on the peaceful settlement of disputes,

      Considering the importance of promoting an education for peace
which will help to foster respect for the values inherent in peace and
universal coexistence among human beings, such as respect for life,
friendship and solidarity between peoples and the dignity and
integrity of persons irrespective of their nationality, race, sex,
religion or culture,

      Taking into account the efforts being made by the United Nations
Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization for the development
and promotion of a new culture of peace,

      Noting further the research activities for international peace
and security being carried out by the United Nations University,

      Recalling that Turkey acceded to the International Agreement for
the Establishment of the University for Peace on 27 November 1995,

      Recalling also that in its resolution 46/11 it decided to include
in the agenda of its forty-eighth session and biennially thereafter an
item entitled "University for Peace",

      1.    Reiterates its appreciation to the Secretary-General for the
establishment of the new Council of the University for Peace, which
held its ninth regular meeting on 3 October 1994;

      2.    Requests the Secretary-General to consider ways of
strengthening cooperation between the United Nations and the
University for Peace and to submit a report thereon to the General
Assembly at its fifty-second session;

      3.    Invites Member States, non-governmental organizations and
intergovernmental bodies, as well as interested individuals and
organizations, to contribute directly to the Trust Fund for Peace and
to the budget of the University;

      4.    Invites Member States to accede to the International
Agreement for the Establishment of the University for Peace, thereby
demonstrating their support for a global peace studies institution
whose mandate is the promotion of a global culture of peace;

      5.    Decides to include in the agenda of its fifty-second session
the item entitled "University for Peace".

                                                          85th plenary meeting
                                                               8 December 1995


                                     Notes

1/   See resolution 35/55, annex.

2/   A/46/580.

3/   A/47/277-S/24111; see Official Records of the Security Council,
Forty-seventh Year, Supplement for April, May and June 1992, document S/24111.

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