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A/RES/50/79


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  
50th session
11 January 1996


Fiftieth session
Agenda item 80


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

         [on the report of the First Committee (A/50/600 and Corr.1)]


            50/79.      Convention on the Prohibition of the
                        Development, Production and
                        Stockpiling of Bacteriological
                        (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on
                        their Destruction

      The General Assembly,

      Recalling its previous resolutions relating to the complete and
effective prohibition of bacteriological (biological) and toxin
weapons and to their destruction,

      Noting with satisfaction that there are more than one hundred and
thirty States parties to the Convention on the Prohibition of the
Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological
(Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on Their Destruction, including all
the permanent members of the Security Council,

      Bearing in mind its call upon all States parties to the
Convention to participate in the implementation of the recommendations
of the Third Review Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the
Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of
Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on Their
Destruction, including the exchange of information and data agreed to
in the Final Declaration of the Third Review
Conference,  1/ and to provide such information and data in
conformity with standardized procedure to the Secretary-General on an
annual basis and no later than 15 April,

      Recalling its resolution 46/35 A, adopted without a vote on 6
December 1991, in which it welcomed, inter alia, the establishment,
proceeding from the recommendations of the Third Review Conference, 2/ 
of an ad hoc group of governmental experts open to all States
parties to identify and examine potential verification measures from a
scientific and technical standpoint,

      Recalling also its resolution 48/65, adopted without a vote on 16
December 1993, in which it commended the final report of the Ad Hoc
Group of Governmental Experts to Identify and Examine Potential
Verification Measures from a Scientific and Technical Standpoint, 3/ 
agreed to by consensus at the last meeting of the Ad Hoc Group at
Geneva on 24 September 1993,

      Recalling further its resolution 49/86, adopted without a vote on
15 December 1994, in which it welcomed the final report of the Special
Conference of the States Parties to the Convention on the Prohibition
of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological
(Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on Their Destruction, adopted by
consensus on 30 September 1994,  4/ in which the States parties
agreed to establish an ad hoc group, open to all States parties, whose
objective should be to consider appropriate measures, including
possible verification measures, and draft proposals to strengthen the
Convention, to be included, as appropriate, in a legally binding
instrument to be submitted for the consideration of the States
parties,

      Recalling the provisions of the Convention related to scientific
and technological cooperation and the related provisions of the Final
Document of the Third Review Conference, the final report of the Ad
Hoc Group of Governmental Experts and the final report of the Special
Conference of the States Parties to the Convention, held from 19 to 30
September 1994,

      1.    Welcomes the information and data provided to date, and
reiterates its call upon all States parties to the Convention on the
Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of
Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on Their
Destruction to participate in the exchange of information and data
agreed to in the Final Declaration of the Third Review Conference of
the Parties to the Convention;

      2.    Also welcomes the work begun by the Ad Hoc Group in pursuing
the mandate established by the Special Conference of the States
Parties to the Convention on 30 September 1994 and urges the Ad Hoc
Group, in accordance with its mandate, to complete its work as soon as
possible and submit its report, which shall be adopted by consensus,
to the States parties to be considered at the Fourth Review Conference
or later at a Special Conference;

      3.    Requests the Secretary-General to continue to render the
necessary assistance to the depository Governments of the Convention
and to provide such services as may be required for the implementation
of the decisions and recommendations of the Third Review Conference,
as well as the decisions contained in the final report of the Special
Conference, including all necessary assistance to the Ad Hoc Group;

      4.    Notes that, at the request of the States parties, a Fourth
Review Conference of the Parties to the Convention will be held at
Geneva from 25 November to 13 December 1996, that, following
appropriate consultations, a Preparatory Committee for that Conference has
been formed, open to all parties to the Convention, and that the Committee
will meet at Geneva from 9 to 12 April 1996;

      5.    Requests the Secretary-General to render the necessary
assistance and to provide such services as may be required for the
Fourth Review Conference and its preparations;

      6.    Calls upon all signatory States that have not yet ratified
the Convention to do so without delay, and also calls upon those
States that have not signed the Convention to become parties thereto
at an early date, thus contributing to the achievement of universal
adherence to the Convention;

      7.    Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its fifty-
first session the item entitled "Convention on the Prohibition of the
Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological
(Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on Their Destruction".

                                                          90th plenary meeting
                                                              12 December 1995


                                     Notes

1/   BWC/CONF.III/23, part II.

2/   See BWC/CONF.III/23.

3/   BWC/CONF.III/VEREX/9 and Corr.1.

4/   BWC/SPCONF/1.

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