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A/RES/51/181


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

20 January 1997

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Fifty-first session
Agenda item 97 (b)


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

           [on the report of the Second Committee (A/51/605/Add.2)]


            51/181.     Special session for the purpose of an
                        overall review and appraisal of the
                        implementation of Agenda 21

      The General Assembly,

      Recalling its resolution 47/190 of 22 December 1992, in which it
decided to convene, not later than 1997, a special session for the
purpose of an overall review and appraisal of the implementation of
Agenda 21, 1/

      Reaffirming its resolution 50/113 of 20 December 1995, as the
agreed basis that determines the modalities for the preparations for
the special session, including the relevant role of the Commission on
Sustainable Development, as the functional commission of the Economic
and Social Council mandated to follow up the United Nations Conference
on Environment and Development, as well as the role of other relevant
organizations and bodies of the United Nations system,

      Strongly reaffirming that the special session for the overall
review and appraisal of the implementation of Agenda 21 will be
undertaken on the basis of and in full respect of the Rio Declaration
on Environment and Development, 2/

      Taking note of the progress report of the Secretary-General on
the state of preparations for the 1997 special session, 3/ and taking
into account the views and concerns expressed by delegations to the
Commission on Sustainable Development at its fourth session, the
Economic and Social Council at its substantive session of 1996 and the
Second Committee of the General Assembly at its fifty-first session,

      1.    Decides to convene the special session envisaged in its
resolution 47/190 for a duration of one week, from 23 to 27 June 1997,
at the highest political level of participation;

      2.    Decides also that the Commission on Sustainable Development
will devote the forthcoming meeting of its Ad Hoc Open-ended
Inter-sessional Working Group, to be held from 24 February to 7 March
1997, to preparing for the special session, and that the Commission
will devote its fifth session, to be held from 7 to 25 April 1997 as a
negotiating meeting, to final preparations for the special session for
the overall review and appraisal of the implementation of Agenda 21;

      3.    Recognizes the important contributions made by major groups,
including non-governmental organizations, at the United Nations
Conference on Environment and Development and in the implementation of
its recommendations, and the need for their effective participation in
preparations for the special session, as well as the need to ensure
appropriate arrangements, taking into account the practice and
experience gained at the Conference, for their substantive
contributions to and active involvement in the preparatory meetings
and the special session, and in that context invites the President of
the General Assembly, in consultation with Member States, to propose
to Member States appropriate modalities for the effective involvement
of major groups in the special session;

      4.    Decides to invite States members of the specialized agencies
which are not members of the United Nations to participate in the work
of the special session in the capacity of observers;

      5.    Stresses that there should be no attempt to renegotiate
Agenda 21, the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, the
Non-legally Binding Authoritative Statement of Principles for a Global
Consensus on the Management, Conservation and Sustainable Development
of All Types of Forests 4/ or other internationally recognized
intergovernmental agreements in the field of environment and
sustainable development, and that discussions at both the preparatory
meetings and the special session should focus on the fulfilment of
commitments and the further implementation of Agenda 21 and related
post-Conference outcomes;

      6.    Requests the Secretariat to provide all relevant reports
called for in General Assembly resolution 50/113, including all other
reports related to the outcome of the United Nations Conference on
Environment and Development, for consideration by the Ad Hoc Open-
ended Inter-sessional Working Group of the Commission on Sustainable
Development and by the Commission at its fifth session, in accordance
with the six-week rule and preferably not later than 15 January 1997;

      7.    Requests the Secretary-General to ensure that preparations
for the comprehensive report are conducted in accordance with
paragraph 13 (a), (b), (c) and (d) of Assembly resolution 50/113;

      8.    Invites the Secretary-General to include in the reports
requested in Assembly resolution 50/113 for the preparation of the
special session information on the application of the principles
contained in the Rio Declaration, and invites the Governing Council of
the United Nations Environment Programme to include in its report to
the General Assembly at its special session information and views on
ways to address, in a forward-looking manner, national, regional and
international application of these principles and the implementation
of Agenda 21 in the interrelated issues of environment and
development;

      9.    Decides to consider at its special session, inter alia, the
application of the principles of the Rio Declaration at all levels -
national, regional and international - and to make relevant
recommendations thereon;

      10.   Requests that other contributions to the special session, in
addition to those identified in its resolution 50/113, include
submissions from relevant bodies and organizations of the United
Nations, including the Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Panel on Forests of
the Commission on Sustainable Development and the Global Environmental
Facility, information on the outcomes of United Nations conferences
held since the United Nations Conference on Environment and
Development, such as the Programme of Action for the Sustainable
Development of Small Island Developing States, 5/ regional and
subregional conferences, summits and other inter-sessional meetings on
sustainable development organized by countries, and information on the
activities of relevant United Nations conventions on the environment
and development and the global freshwater assessment, and that account
be taken of the activities organized by major groups, including
business and industry and non-governmental organizations;

      11.   Requests the Secretary-General, in the report on cross-
sectoral issues of Agenda 21 for the special session, to give special
consideration, without prejudice to other priority issues that may be
identified in the preparatory process, to combating poverty and to
health, financial resources and mechanisms, education, science,
transfer of technology, consumption and production patterns, trade,
environment and sustainable development, major groups, demographic
dynamics, capacity-building and decision-making;

      12.   Also requests the Secretary-General, in the reports for the
special session, to give consideration, where appropriate and without
prejudice to other priority issues that may be identified in the
preparatory process, to linkages between the cross-sectoral issues of
Agenda 21 and relevant sectoral issues;

      13.   Welcomes the outcome of the United Nations Conference on
Human Settlements (Habitat II), held at Istanbul from 3 to 14 June
1996, and its relevance to the field of sustainable development, calls
for effective interaction and exchange of information on work carried
out by the Commission on Sustainable Development and the Commission on
Human Settlements, and invites the Commission on Human Settlements to
make a contribution to the special session in connection with the
implementation of the Habitat Agenda 6/ adopted in Istanbul;

      14.   Invites Governments and regional organizations to cooperate
with the Secretary-General in preparing country profiles for review at
the fifth session of the Commission on Sustainable Development, as
envisaged in paragraph 13 of General Assembly resolution 50/113;

      15.   Also invites Governments to assist developing countries,
particularly the least developed among them, in participating fully in
the special session and its preparatory process, and to make timely
contributions to the Trust Fund for Support of the Work of the
Commission on Sustainable Development;

      16.   Requests the Secretary-General to enhance the public
information programme of the United Nations so as to raise global
awareness in a balanced manner, in all countries, of both the special
session and the work undertaken by the United Nations in the follow-up
to the Conference, and invites all Governments to promote widespread
dissemination, at all levels, of the Rio Declaration on Environment
and Development, and to make voluntary contributions to support the
public outreach activities of the United Nations for the special
session;

      17.   Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its fifty-
second session the sub-item entitled "Special session for the purpose
of an overall review and appraisal of the implementation of Agenda
21", and requests the Secretary-General to submit to it at that
session a report on the special session.

                                                          86th plenary meeting
                                                              16 December 1996


                                     Notes

1/    Report of the United Nations Conference on Environment and
Development, Rio de Janeiro, 3-14 June 1992 (A/CONF.151/26/Rev.1 (Vol.
I and Vol.I/Corr.1, Vol. II, Vol. III and Vol. III/Corr.1)) (United
Nations publication, Sales No. E.93.I.8 and corrigenda), vol. I:
Resolutions Adopted by the Conference,  resolution 1, annex II.

2/    Ibid., annex I.

3/    A/51/420.

4/    Report of the United Nations Conference on Environment and
Development, Rio de Janeiro, 3-14 June 1992 (A/CONF.151/26/Rev.1 (Vol.
I and Vol. I/Corr.1, Vol. II, Vol. III and Vol. III/Corr.1)) (United
Nations publication, Sales No. E.93.I.8 and corrigenda), vol. I:
Resolutions Adopted by the Conference,  resolution 1, annex III.

5/    Report of the Global Conference on the Sustainable Development of
Small Island Developing States, Bridgetown, Barbados,
25 April-6 May 1994 (United Nations publication, Sales No. E.94.I.18
and corrigendum), chap. I, resolution 1, annex II.

6/    A/CONF.165/14, chap. I, resolution 1, annex II.

 

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