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A/RES/51/182


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

26 February 1997

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Fifty-first session
Agenda item 97 (c)


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

           [on the report of the Second Committee (A/51/605/Add.3)]


            51/182.     Convention on Biological Diversity

      The General Assembly,

      Reaffirming its resolutions 49/117 of 19 December 1994 and 50/111
of 20 December 1995 on the Convention on Biological Diversity and
49/119 of 19 December 1994 on the International Day for Biological
Diversity,

      Recalling the provisions of the Convention on Biological
Diversity, 1/

      Recalling also Agenda 21, 2/ particularly its chapter 15 on the
conservation of biological diversity, and related chapters,

      Recalling further the recommendations made at the third session
of the Commission on Sustainable Development on the review of chapter
15 of Agenda 21 on the conservation of biological diversity, 3/

      Deeply concerned by the continued loss of the world's biological
diversity and, on the basis of the provisions of the Convention,
reaffirming the commitment to the conservation of biological
diversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the fair and
equitable sharing of benefits arising out of the utilization of
genetic resources,

      Emphasizing that the Convention is an important instrument for
achieving sustainable development, taking into account its three
objectives,

      Noting with satisfaction that most States and one regional
economic integration organization have ratified or acceded to the
Convention,

      Taking note with appreciation of the generous offer of the
Government of Argentina to host the third meeting of the Conference of
the Parties to the Convention at Buenos Aires from 4 to 15 November
1996,

      Encouraged by the work carried out to date under the Convention,

      1.    Welcomes the results of the second meeting of the Conference
of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, held at
Jakarta from 6 to 17 November 1995, as reflected in the report of the
meeting, 4/ submitted in accordance with resolution 50/111, and in
that context reaffirms the need to take concrete action to fulfil the
three objectives of the Convention, and takes note of the Jakarta
Mandate on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine and Coastal
Biological Diversity, 5/ which proposes a framework for global
action;

      2.    Takes note of the results of the second meeting of the
Convention's Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and
Technological Advice, held at the seat of the secretariat of the
Convention at Montreal, Canada, from 2 to 6 September 1996, and of the
work carried out at the first meeting of the Open-ended Ad Hoc Working
Group on Biosafety, held at Aarhus, Denmark, from 22 to 26 July 1996;

      3.    Encourages those States that have not yet ratified the
Convention to do so;

      4.    Recognizes that States Parties have agreed to provide
financial resources for the implementation of the Convention in
accordance with article 20, paragraphs 1 and 2, of the Convention;

      5.    Invites the Executive Secretary of the Convention to provide
to the General Assembly at its special session in 1997, inter alia,
information on experience gained under the Convention to date and on
effective arrangements for the coordination of activities related to
the objectives of the Convention;

      6.    Welcomes the work being carried out under the Convention to
enhance cooperation with the Commission on Sustainable Development and
biodiversity-related conventions, and invites the Conference of the
Parties to the Convention to take into account the outcome of the 1997
special session at its fourth meeting, when considering ways of
promoting greater cooperation with the United Nations system and the
international community in relation to activities relevant to the
objectives of the Convention;

      7.    Invites the Executive Secretary of the Convention on
Biological Diversity to report to the General Assembly at its fifty-
second session and, pending the outcome of the 1997 special session,
to report to the Assembly on the results of future meetings of the
Conference of the Parties to the Convention;

      8.    Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its fifty-
second session a sub-item entitled "Convention on Biological
Diversity".

                                                          86th plenary meeting
                                                              16 December 1996


                                     Notes

1/    See United Nations Environment Programme, Convention on
Biological Diversity (Environmental Law and Institution Programme
Activity Centre), June 1992.

2/    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.

3/    See Official Records of the Economic and Social Council, 1995,
Supplement No. 12 (E/1995/32), chap. I, para. 230 (i).

4/    See A/51/312.

5/    Ibid., annex II, decision II/10.

 

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