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A/RES/51/176


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

11 February 1997

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Fifty-first session
Agenda item 96 (d)


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

           [on the report of the Second Committee (A/51/604/Add.4)]


            51/176.     Implementation of the Programme of
                        Action of the International Conference
                        on Population and Development

      The General Assembly,

      Recalling its resolutions 49/128 of 19 December 1994 and 50/124
of 20 December 1995,

      Recalling also Economic and Social Council resolution 1996/2 of
17 July 1996 on the follow-up to the International Conference on
Population and Development,

      Acknowledging fully the integrated approach taken during the
International Conference on Population and Development, which
recognizes the interrelationship between population, sustained
economic growth and sustainable development,

      Having considered the report of the Secretary-General on the
implementation of resolution 50/124, 1/

      1.    Takes note of the report of the Secretary-General on the
implementation of resolution 50/124;

      2.    Notes the action taken so far by Governments and the
international community to implement the Programme of Action of the
International Conference on Population and Development, 2/ and
encourages them to strengthen their efforts in that regard;

      3.    Reiterates that Governments should continue to commit
themselves at the highest political level to achieving goals and
objectives and to take a lead role in coordinating the implementation,
monitoring and evaluation of the follow-up actions at the national
level;

      4.    Urges all countries to consider, among other things, their
current spending priorities, with a view to making additional
contributions in line with national priorities for the implementation
of the Programme of Action, taking into account the provisions of
chapters XIII and XIV thereof and the economic constraints faced by
developing countries, in particular the least developed among them;

      5.    Emphasizes that international cooperation in the field of
population and development is essential for the implementation of the
recommendations adopted at the Conference and, in this context, calls
upon the international community to continue to provide, both
bilaterally and multilaterally, adequate and substantial support and
assistance for population and development activities, including
through the United Nations Population Fund, other organs and
organizations of the United Nations system and the specialized
agencies that will be involved in the implementation, at all levels,
of the Programme of Action;

      6.    Reiterates the importance of South-South cooperation for the
successful implementation of the Programme of Action and invites all
Governments, relevant organizations of the United Nations system, as
well as the private sector and non-governmental organizations, to
continue to support those activities in South-South cooperation being
undertaken by the developing countries;

      7.    Recognizes the efforts of Partners in Population and
Development in strengthening the capacities of developing countries in
South-South cooperation;

      8.    Emphasizes the importance of the identification and
allocation of financial resources by all members of the international
community, including regional financial institutions, to enable them
to fulfil their commitments with regard to the implementation of the
Programme of Action;

      9.    Requests the Economic and Social Council to continue to give
guidance on matters concerning harmonization, cooperation and
coordination within the United Nations system regarding the
implementation of the Programme of Action;

      10.   Reiterates that the Commission on Population and
Development, as a functional commission assisting the Economic and
Social Council, has the primary responsibility for monitoring,
reviewing and assessing the implementation of the Programme of Action,
and emphasizes the need for the Commission to continue its work in
broadening its focus so as to fully reflect the Programme of Action;

      11.   Invites the Secretary-General to ensure that the Task Force
on Basic Social Services for All of the Administrative Committee on
Coordination informs the Commission and the Economic and Social
Council on the progress of its work, with an emphasis on the
improvement of the impact of programme delivery for the purpose of
system-wide coordination, and stresses the need for close cooperation
and timely reporting by all the working groups of the Task Force;

      12.   Emphasizes the importance of the ongoing efforts of the Task
Force to develop, on an urgent basis, appropriate indicators as
reliable means for monitoring the progress of the implementation of
the Programme of Action, with special attention to the reproductive
health needs of individual countries, taking into account relevant
research and development work as well as existing data collection
systems in developing countries, and to make this information
available as it is developed to the Commission on Population and
Development, the Economic and Social Council and the General Assembly
at its fifty-second session;

      13.   Endorses the continuation of coordination and collaboration
between the Task Force and the appropriate United Nations entities
responsible for the development of statistics;

      14.   Reaffirms that the follow-up to the Conference, at all
levels, should take fully into account that population, health,
education, poverty, patterns of production and consumption,
empowerment of women and the environment are closely interconnected
and should be considered through an integrated approach;

      15.   Recommends that the special session for the overall review
and appraisal of the implementation of Agenda 21, which will be
convened from 23 to 27 June 1997, should give due attention to the
issue of population in the context of sustainable development;

      16.   Requests the Secretary-General to report to the General
Assembly at its fifty-second session on the implementation of the
present resolution;

      17.   Decides to include in the agenda of its fifty-second
session, the sub-item entitled "Population and development".

                                                          86th plenary meeting
                                                              16 December 1996


                                     Notes

1/    A/51/350.

2/    Report of the International Conference on Population and
Development, Cairo, 5-13 September 1994 (United Nations publication,
Sales No. E.95.XIII.18), chap. I, resolution 1, annex.

 

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