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A/RES/51/120


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

7 March 1997

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Fifty-first session
Agenda item 158


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

         [on the report of the Third Committee (A/51/620 and Corr.1)]


            51/120.     Question of the elaboration of an
                        international convention against
                        organized transnational crime


      The General Assembly,

      Recalling its resolution 49/159 of 23 December 1994, in which it
approved the Naples Political Declaration and Global Action Plan
against Organized Transnational Crime, 1/ and bearing in mind the
report of the Ninth United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime
and the Treatment of Offenders, 2/ held at Cairo from 29 April to
8 May 1995,

      Taking into account Economic and Social Council resolution
1996/27 of 24 July 1996, entitled "Implementation of the Naples
Political Declaration and Global Action Plan against Organized
Transnational Crime", in which the Council decided, inter alia, that
the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice should
establish an in-sessional open-ended working group at its sixth
session, for the purpose, inter alia, of considering the possibility
of elaborating a convention or conventions against organized
transnational crime and identifying elements that could be included
therein,

      Recalling also the Buenos Aires Declaration on Prevention and
Control of Organized Transnational Crime, 3/ adopted by the Regional
Ministerial Workshop on Follow-up to the Naples Political Declaration
and Global Action Plan against Organized Transnational Crime, held at
Buenos Aires from 27 to 30 November 1995,

      Deeply disturbed by the increasingly alarming threat posed by
organized transnational crime to the rule of law, stability and
security of States, which calls for an urgent and appropriate
response,

      Concerned about the growing number and variety of crimes
committed by organized criminal groups,

      Convinced of the need for closer coordination and cooperation
among States in combating organized transnational crime, and bearing
in mind the role that could be played by the United Nations and
regional and subregional organizations in this respect,

      Considering that there is a need to examine the question of the
elaboration of an international convention against organized
transnational crime,

      Taking note of the proposed draft United Nations framework
convention against organized crime introduced by Poland, 4/

      Bearing in mind the discussion on the question of the elaboration
of an international convention against organized transnational crime
which took place in the Third Committee during the fifty-first session
of the General Assembly,

      1.    Requests the Secretary-General to invite all States to
submit their views on the question of the elaboration of an
international convention against organized transnational crime,
including, inter alia, their comments on the proposed draft United
Nations framework convention, not later than two months before the
commencement of the sixth session of the Commission on Crime
Prevention and Criminal Justice;

      2.    Requests the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal
Justice to consider, as a matter of priority, the question of the
elaboration of an international convention against organized
transnational crime, taking into account the views of all States on
this matter, with a view to finalizing its work on this question as
soon as possible;

      3.    Further requests the Commission to report through the
Economic and Social Council to the General Assembly at its fifty-
second session on the results of its work on this question;

      4.    Decides to continue its consideration of this question at
its fifty-second session.


                                                          82nd plenary meeting
                                                              12 December 1996


                                     Notes

1/    See A/49/748, annex, sect. I, A.

2/    A/CONF.169/16.

3/    E/CN.15/1996/2/Add.1, annex.

4/    A/C.3/51/7, annex.

 

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