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A/RES/51/171


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

3 February 1997

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Fifty-first session
Agenda item 95 (b)


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

              [on the report of the Second Committee (A/51/603)]


            51/171.     Food and sustainable agricultural
                        development

      The General Assembly,

      Recalling its resolution 50/109 of 20 December 1995 and Economic
and Social Council resolution 1995/1 of 10 February 1995,

      Expressing deep concern at the widespread phenomenon of chronic
undernourishment, in particular among women and children in the
developing countries,

      Expressing concern that the scarcity of freshwater in developing
countries, in arid and semi-arid regions, has hampered development
efforts, especially agricultural development, which is necessary for
food security,

      Reaffirming the right of everyone to have access to safe and
nutritious food consistent with the right to adequate food and the
fundamental right of everyone to be free from hunger,

      Recognizing the contributions made by the major United Nations
conferences of the 1990s to an international consensus on food
security and related issues,

      Recalling Economic and Social Council resolution 1996/36 of 26
July 1996 on follow-up to the major international United Nations
conferences and summits, including the implementation of their
respective programmes of action,

      1.    Welcomes the outcome of the World Food Summit, held at Rome
from 13 to 17 November 1996;

      2.    Urges all members of the international community, as well as
relevant bodies within the United Nations system, including
international and regional financial institutions, to cooperate
actively in a coordinated manner in the implementation of the World
Food Summit Plan of Action adopted at the Summit;

      3.    Recommends that, at its special session for the purpose of
an overall review and appraisal of the implementation of Agenda 21,
the General Assembly give due attention to the follow-up to the World
Food Summit Plan of Action;

      4.    Invites the Secretary-General to ensure that the
Administrative Committee on Coordination decides on the inter-agency
mechanism for the implementation of the World Food Summit Plan of
Action and the incorporation of the mechanism into existing
arrangements, and to report to the Economic and Social Council at its
substantive session of 1997 in the context of Council resolution
1996/36;

      5.    Requests the Secretary-General to ensure that a coordinated
follow-up at the field level to the World Food Summit is undertaken in
the context of the resident coordination system, taking into account
the coordinated follow-up to United Nations major international
conferences;

      6.    Also requests the Secretary-General to report to the General
Assembly at its fifty-second session on the implementation of the
World Food Summit Plan of Action, in the context of the follow-up to
the major United Nations conferences of the 1990s, including the
implementation of their respective programmes of action;

      7.    Reiterates its invitation to the Director-General of the
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to submit to
the General Assembly at its fifty-second session, through the Economic
and Social Council, a report on the outcome of the World Food Summit,
including actions to be taken to follow up the outcome of the Summit
at all appropriate levels.

                                                          86th plenary meeting
                                                              16 December 1996
 

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