United Nations


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

2 February 1996


Fiftieth session
Agenda item 95 (a)


      [on the report of the Second Committee (A/50/617/Add.1)]

       50/96.    Economic measures as a means of political and
                 economic coercion against developing countries

     The General Assembly,

     Recalling the relevant principles set forth in the Charter of the
United Nations,

     Reaffirming that no State may use or encourage the use of
economic, political or any other type of measures to coerce another
State in order to obtain from it the subordination of the exercise of
its sovereign rights,

     Bearing in mind the general principles governing the
international trading system and trade policies for development
contained in relevant resolutions, rules and provisions of the United
Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the General Agreement on
Tariffs and Trade and the World Trade Organization,

     Reaffirming its resolutions 44/215 of 22 December 1989, 46/210 of
20 December 1991 and 48/168 of 21 December 1993,

     Gravely concerned that the use of coercive economic measures
adversely affects the economy and development efforts of developing
countries and has a general negative impact on international economic
cooperation and on worldwide efforts to move towards a non-
discriminatory and open trading system,

     1.   Takes note of the report of the Secretary-General,  1/
which contains a summary of the deliberations of the group of experts
on coercive economic measures;

     2.   Urges the international community to adopt urgent and
effective measures to eliminate the use by some developed countries of
unilateral coercive economic measures against developing countries
which are not authorized by relevant organs of the United Nations or
are inconsistent with the principles contained in the Charter of the
United Nations, as a means of forcibly imposing the will of one State
on another;

     3.   Requests the Secretary-General to assign to the Department
for Economic and Social Information and Policy Analysis of the
Secretariat, in cooperation with the United Nations Conference on
Trade and Development, the task of continuing to monitor the
imposition of measures of this nature and to prepare possible
methodologies or criteria for evaluating the impact of such measures
on the affected countries, including the impact on trade and
development, for the consideration of Member States;

     4.   Also requests the Secretary-General to submit a report to
the General Assembly at its fifty-second session on the implementation
of the present resolution.

                                             96th plenary meeting
                                                 20 December 1995


1/        A/50/439.

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