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A/RES/51/172


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

3 February 1997

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Fifty-first session
Agenda item 96


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

           [on the report of the Second Committee (A/51/604/Add.8)]


            51/172.     Communication for development
                        programmes in the United Nations
                        system

      The General Assembly,

      Having considered the report of the Secretary-General, 1/ as
well as the report prepared by the United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization on the sixth Inter-Agency Round
Table on Communication for Development, held at Harare from 2 to 5
September 1996, and the report of the Joint Inspection Unit entitled
"Communication for development programmes in the United Nations
system" 2/ and the comments of the Administrative Committee on
Coordination thereon, 3/

      1.    Recalls its resolution 50/130 of 20 December 1995;

      2.    Considers that informal round tables, such as the sixth
Inter-Agency Round Table on Communication for Development, organized
at Harare by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization, can constitute a notable mechanism of inter-agency
cooperation and coordination for promoting and advancing communication
for development, owing, inter alia, to their openness to partners
outside the United Nations system and the outreach of their outcomes;

      3.    Recognizes the importance of addressing the issue of
communication for development within the intergovernmental processes
of the United Nations system, according to the respective mandates of
the agencies concerned;

      4.    Takes note of the report of the Secretary-General, 1/ and
invites the agencies, organizations, funds and programmes of the
United Nations system to take the recommendations contained in the
report into consideration when planning and implementing relevant
projects and programmes, with the cooperation of the resident
coordinator;

      5.    Recognizes the relevance for concerned actors in development
at the country level, including policy makers and decision makers at
all levels, to attribute increased importance to communication for
development, and encourages them to include it, in an appropriate
manner, as an integral component in the development of projects and
programmes;

      6.    Stresses the need to support two-way communication systems
that enable dialogue and that allow communities to speak out, express
their aspirations and concerns and participate in the decisions that
relate to their development;

      7.    Acknowledges the interest in holding the next informal round
table in the Latin American and Caribbean region, to build upon the
meetings held in Asia and Africa, and invites interested States to
cooperate with the relevant agencies, organizations, funds and
programmes of the United Nations system in the convening of these
informal round tables on communication for development, with the
participation of the international financial institutions and the
regional banks, at the country level;

      8.    Reaffirms the importance of resource mobilization, including
financial cooperation, the transfer of technology and capacity-
building for communication in development programmes and projects, and
calls upon the international community and organizations of the United
Nations system to assist developing countries in introducing
technologies and innovative methods for enhancing communication for
development;

      9.    Requests the Secretary-General, in consultation with the
Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organization, in accordance with the agency's mandate, to
inform the General Assembly officially, at its fifty-third session,
under an appropriate agenda item, on the implementation of the present
resolution, in accordance with the periodicity that was agreed upon in
Assembly resolution 50/130.

                                                          86th plenary meeting
                                                              16 December 1996


                                     Notes

1/    A/51/314.

2/    A/50/126-E/1995/20, annex.

3/    A/50/126/Add.1-E/1995/20/Add.1, annex.

 

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