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A/RES/51/183


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

11 February 1997

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Fifty-first session
Agenda item 97 (d)


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

           [on the report of the Second Committee (A/51/605/Add.4)]


            51/183.     Implementation of the outcome of the
                        Global Conference on the Sustainable
                        Development of Small Island Developing
                        States

      The General Assembly,

      Recalling its resolutions 49/100 and 49/122 of 19 December 1994
and 50/116 of 20 December 1995, on or related to the implementation of
the outcome of the Global Conference on the Sustainable Development of
Small Island Developing States, and reaffirming Commission on
Sustainable Development decision 4/16 1/ on the review of the
implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable
Development of Small Island Developing States, 2/

      Reaffirming that, because the development options of small island
developing States are limited, there are special challenges to
devising and implementing sustainable development plans, and that
small island developing States will be constrained in meeting such
challenges and overcoming obstacles to sustainable development without
the active support and cooperation of the international community,

      Stressing the need for greater attention to priority areas of the
Programme of Action, particularly climate change and sea-level rise,
energy resources, tourism resources, biodiversity resources, transport
and communications and science and technology,

      1.    Takes note of the report of the Secretary-General 3/ on
action taken at the international, regional and national levels, inter
alia, by the organs, organizations and bodies of the United Nations
system to implement the Programme of Action for the Sustainable
Development of Small Island Developing States, 2/ and welcomes in
particular the action that has been taken by the Department for Policy
Coordination and Sustainable Development of the Secretariat to support
the system-wide implementation of the Programme of Action;

      2.    Stresses the importance of maintaining the Small Island
Developing States Unit within the above-mentioned Department, and
requests the Secretary-General to maintain the Unit at an appropriate
level of staff and improve the structure and organization of the Unit,
in accordance with resolution 49/122;

      3.    Welcomes the work being done by the regional commissions to
support activities to coordinate the outcome of the Global Conference
on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States;

      4.    Takes note of the decisions of the United Nations Conference
on Trade and Development, at its ninth session, related to programme
support for small island developing countries, 4/ within the
framework of the Programme of Action, and requests the Secretary-
General to implement fully the relevant provisions of resolution
49/122;

      5.    Calls upon Governments, as well as the organs, organizations
and bodies of the United Nations system, other intergovernmental
organizations and non-governmental organizations, to continue to
implement fully all the commitments and recommendations that were made
at the Global Conference, and to continue to take the necessary
actions for effective follow-up to the Programme of Action, including
action to ensure the provision of the means of implementation under
chapter XV thereof;

      6.    Recognizes the importance of the technical assistance
programme, known as SIDSTAP, and the information network for small
island developing States, known as SIDSNET, in the overall
implementation of the Programme of Action, takes note of the progress
made by the United Nations Development Programme in implementing
resolution 49/122, and requests the Programme, in cooperation with
Governments, to continue its actions to implement fully all provisions
in order to operationalize the two mechanisms;

      7.    Takes note of the support that has been provided by the
Commission on Sustainable Development to following up the
implementation of the Programme of Action in accordance with
resolution 49/122 and the Programme of Action itself, and invites the
Commission at its fifth session to continue its support for and
attention to the Programme of Action, as an integral part of the
preparations for the special session of the General Assembly to be
held in June 1997;

      8.    Requests that, in the context of the special session of the
General Assembly, specific modalities be recommended for examining all
outstanding chapters of the Programme of Action and for undertaking
the full review of the Programme of Action in 1999;

      9.    Welcomes the inclusion of the development of a vulnerability
index for small island developing States as part of the work programme
of the Department for Policy Coordination and Sustainable Development
for 1996-1997, and in this regard requests the Secretary-General, in
collaboration with the United Nations Conference on Trade and
Development, the United Nations Environment Programme, other relevant
United Nations organizations and non-United Nations organizations, to
prepare a report based on the views of relevant experts on the
vulnerability index, in 1997;

      10.   Requests the Committee for Development Planning, at its
thirty-second session, to formulate its views and recommendations on
the above-mentioned report, in order to submit those views to the
General Assembly at its fifty-third session, through the Economic and
Social Council, and to make this information available to the
Commission on Sustainable Development;

      11.   Requests the Department for Policy Coordination and
Sustainable Development, in its coordinating role, to look into
appropriate modalities for mobilizing resources for the effective
implementation of the Programme of Action and provide information
thereon;

      12.   Requests closer collaboration and greater transparency
between the Department for Policy Coordination and Sustainable
Development and the United Nations Development Programme for effective
implementation of SIDSTAP, and requests detailed information to be
made available to Governments on actions taken to this effect;

      13.   Welcomes the report of the High-level Panel Meeting on
Island Developing Countries 5/ on the challenges faced by island
developing countries, particularly in the area of external trade,
considered by the Commission on Sustainable Development at its fourth
session;

      14.   Requests the Secretary-General to seek the views of
Governments on the creation of an informal open-ended working group
within the existing  International Framework of Action for the
International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction, 6/ with the
membership of all concerned States, including all relevant sectors in
disaster reduction, with a view to ensuring full integration and
participation of small island developing States in the mapping of a
concerted strategy for disaster reduction into the twenty-first
century and in improving access to disaster and warning information in
order to enhance the capability of small island developing States with
respect to disaster management;

      15.   Stresses that small island developing States are
particularly vulnerable to global climate change and sea-level rise,
and that the potential effects of global climate change and sea-level
rise are increased strength and frequency of tropical storms and
inundation of some islands, with loss of exclusive economic zones,
economic infrastructure, human settlements and culture, and urges the
international community to support small island developing States in
their efforts to adapt to the sea-level rise that will be experienced
as a result of the impact of greenhouse gases that have already been
emitted into the atmosphere;

      16.   Calls upon the international community, including the Global
Environment Facility, within the framework of its operational
strategy, to support commercial energy development in small island
developing States based on those environmentally sound renewable
sources with demonstrated viability, to support improvement of the
efficiency of existing technologies and end-use equipment based on
conventional energy sources, and to assist with the financing of
investments necessary to expand energy supplies beyond urban areas;

      17.   Also calls upon the international community, where
appropriate, to support the efforts of and to provide assistance to
small island developing States with respect to improving and
acquiring, through appropriate investment incentives and innovative
measures, the means of maritime transport and development of
infrastructure in small island developing States, such as airports,
harbours, roads and telecommunications;

      18.   Welcomes actions at the national and regional levels by
small island developing States, and invites all Governments, with the
assistance of international and regional organizations, to provide
information on all of their major activities under the Programme of
Action so as to enable an adequate review of the actions taken at the
national and regional levels;

      19.   Requests the Secretary-General to submit to the General
Assembly at its fifty-third session a report on the plans, programmes
and projects for the sustainable development of small island
developing States that have been implemented in response to the
Programme of Action, as well as those that are under implementation
and those that are envisaged for implementation within five years of
the date of the report;

      20.   Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its fifty-
second session, under the item entitled "Environment and sustainable
development", the sub-item entitled "Implementation of the outcome of
the Global Conference on the Sustainable Development of Small Island
Developing States";

      21.   Requests the Secretary-General to submit to the General
Assembly at its fifty-second session a progress report on the
particular actions taken to implement the present resolution.

                                                          86th plenary meeting
                                                              16 December 1996


                                     Notes

1/    See Official Records of the Economic and Social Council, 1996,
Supplement No. 8 (E/1996/28), chap. I, sect. C.

2/    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 corrigenda),
chap. I, resolution 1, annex II.

3/    A/51/354.

4/    See TD/378.

5/    E/CN.17/1996/IDC/3-UNCTAD/LLDC/IDC/3.

6/    See resolution 44/236, annex.

 

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