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A/RES/51/16


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

21 November 1996

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Fifty-first session
Agenda item 25


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

           [without reference to a Main Committee (A/51/L.14/Rev.2)]


            51/16.      Cooperation between the United Nations
                        and the Caribbean Community


      The General Assembly,

      Recalling its resolutions 46/8 of 16 October 1991, by which it
granted observer status to the Caribbean Community, and 49/141 of
20 December 1994,

      Noting with satisfaction the report of the Secretary-General on
cooperation between the United Nations and the Caribbean Community, 1/

      Recalling that the Charter of the United Nations contemplates the
existence of regional arrangements or agencies for dealing with such
matters as are appropriate for regional action and other activities
consistent with the purposes and principles of the United Nations,

      Taking into account the reports of the Secretary-General entitled
"An Agenda for Peace" 2/ and "An Agenda for Development" 3/ and the
related consultations within the United Nations, including the various
working groups on those subjects,

      Taking note of the final communique' of the twenty-second meeting
of the Standing Committee of Ministers Responsible for Foreign
Affairs, held at Kingston on 13 and 14 May 1996, 4/ and the final
communique' of the seventeenth  meeting of the Conference of Heads of
Government of the Caribbean Community, held at Bridgetown from 3 to
6 July 1996, 5/ which, inter alia, outlines areas of cooperation
between the United Nations and the Caribbean Community and stresses
the importance of furthering the possible role of the Community in the
development of peace and security within the Caribbean region, and
expresses appreciation to the Secretary-General of the United Nations
for promoting this heightened level of cooperation,

      Recalling the request made of the Secretary-General of the United
Nations, in consultation with the Secretary-General of the Caribbean
Community, to promote meetings between their representatives for
consultations on policies, projects, measures and procedures that will
facilitate and broaden cooperation and coordination between the two
organizations,

      Welcoming the inter-agency consultations between the Caribbean
Community and its associated institutions, the Inter-American
Development Bank, the Organization of American States and the United
Nations on the first conference on governance and development in the
Caribbean,

      Affirming the need to strengthen the cooperation that already
exists between entities of the United Nations system and the Caribbean
Community in the areas of economic and social development, as well as
of political and humanitarian affairs,

      Convinced of the need for the coordinated utilization of
available resources to promote common objectives of the two
organizations,

      1.    Takes note of the report of the Secretary-General on
cooperation between the United Nations and the Caribbean Community, 1/
as well as his efforts to strengthen that cooperation;

      2.    Invites the Secretary-General to continue taking the
necessary measures for promoting and expanding cooperation and
coordination between the United Nations and the Caribbean Community in
order to increase the capacity of the two organizations to attain
their objectives;

      3.    Requests the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the
Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community, or their
representatives, to hold consultations with a view to signing an
agreement on cooperation between the two organizations;

      4.    Notes the areas of cooperation approved by the Ministers for
Foreign Affairs in the final communique' of the twenty-second meeting
of the Standing Committee of Ministers Responsible for Foreign
Affairs, 4/ namely, follow-up to the global conferences; the
advancement of the new international human order; law of the sea;
follow-up and implementation of the Programme of Action for the
Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States; the
development of poverty reduction programmes; peace-keeping; diplomatic
training; governance and development in the Caribbean; and the
strengthening of the Regional Secretariat Information Base;

      5.    Also notes the special role played by States members of the
Caribbean Community in the restoration of democracy in Haiti and in
its participation in the United Nations Mission in Haiti;

      6.    Calls upon the Secretary-General of the United Nations, in
consultation with the Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community, to
assist in furthering the development of peace and security within the
Caribbean region;

      7.    Recommends that the first general meeting between
representatives of the Caribbean Community and its associated
institutions and of the United Nations system be held in 1997 for the
purpose of holding consultations on projects, measures and procedures
to facilitate and strengthen cooperation between those organizations;

      8.    Requests the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the
Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community, or their
representatives, to encourage inter-agency, sectoral and focal point
meetings on areas of priority or mutually agreed issues;

      9.    Urges the specialized agencies and other organizations and
programmes of the United Nations system to cooperate with the
Secretary-General of the United Nations and the Secretary-General of
the Caribbean Community in order to initiate, maintain and increase
consultations and programmes with the Caribbean Community and its
associated institutions in the attainment of their objectives, and in
this connection welcomes the special relationship between the
Caribbean Community and the United Nations Development Programme;

      10.   Requests the Secretary-General to submit to the General
Assembly at its fifty-third session a report on the implementation of
the present resolution;

      11.   Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its fifty-
third session the item entitled "Cooperation between the United
Nations and the Caribbean Community".

                                                          56th plenary meeting
                                                              11 November 1996



                                     Notes

1/     A/51/299.

2/     A/47/277-S/24111.

3/     A/48/935.

4/     See A/51/299, para. 9.

5/     A/51/295, annex.

 

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