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A/RES/51/184


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

3 February 1997

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Fifty-first session
Agenda item 97 (e)


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

           [on the report of the Second Committee (A/51/605/Add.5)]


            51/184.     Protection of global climate for
                        present and future generations of
                        mankind

      The General Assembly,

      Recalling its resolutions 45/212 of 21 December 1990, 46/169 of
19 December 1991, 47/195 of 22 December 1992, 48/189 of 21 December
1993, 49/120 of 19 December 1994 and 50/115 of 20 December 1995,

      Noting with satisfaction that most States and one regional
economic integration organization have ratified or acceded to the
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, 1/ and
inviting States that are not parties to take appropriate action to
that end,

      Welcoming the achievements of the second session of the
Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention
on Climate Change, held at Geneva from 8 to 19 July 1996, and noting
that the Conference of the Parties at its second session adopted by
consensus a series of substantive decisions, 2/

      Recalling that at its second session the Conference of the
Parties took note, without formal adoption, of the Geneva Ministerial
Declaration 3/ which received majority support among ministers and
other heads of delegations attending the Conference, which, inter
alia, called for acceleration of negotiations on the text of a legally
binding protocol or another legal instrument to be completed in due
time for adoption at the third session of the Conference of the
Parties,

      Taking note with appreciation of the scientific contribution to
the convention process of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change of the World Meteorological Organization/United Nations
Environment Programme, and also taking note of its second assessment
report as the most comprehensive assessment available to date of the
issues related to global climate change,

      Concerned that changes in climate may result in significant and
often adverse impacts on many ecological systems and socio-economic
sectors, including food supply and water resources, and on human
health, and noting that in some cases the impacts are potentially
irreversible, and that developing countries and small island
developing States are typically more vulnerable to climate change,

      Looking forward to the continued efforts of the Conference of the
Parties and its subsidiary bodies in addressing climate change and, in
particular, to the successful conclusion of the Berlin Mandate 4/
process at the third session of the Conference of the Parties,

      Reiterating that a comprehensive approach should be adopted by
the Conference of the Parties and its subsidiary bodies in the
implementation of the Convention, including the full consideration of
the particular situation of the developing countries as recognized by
the Convention,

      Taking note with appreciation of the generous offer of the
Government of Japan to host the third session of the Conference of the
Parties at Kyoto from 1 to 12 December 1997, 5/

      Noting that the relocation of the Convention secretariat to Bonn,
Germany, is well under way, and expressing its appreciation to the
Government of Germany and the city of Bonn for the facilities and
support they are providing to the secretariat,

      Recalling its request to the Secretary-General, as put forth in
paragraph 9 of resolution 50/115, to make the necessary arrangements
to include in the calendar of conferences and meetings for the
biennium 1998-1999 those sessions of the Conference of the Parties and
its subsidiary bodies that the Conference may need to convene in that
period, and noting that those arrangements should be made without
prejudice to the outcome of the review referred to in paragraph 3
below,

      Having considered the report of the Secretary-General on the
implementation of resolution 50/115, 6/

      1.    Notes the administrative arrangements regarding personnel
and financial matters that have been established in the context of the
transitional arrangement for administrative support to the secretariat
of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change for the
biennium 1996-1997; 7/

      2.    Also notes the arrangements made for the provision of
conference services to the Conference of the Parties to the Convention
and its subsidiary bodies for the biennium 1996-1997; 8/

      3.    Reiterates its request to the Secretary-General, as set
forth in paragraph 10 of resolution 50/115, to review the arrangements
mentioned in paragraphs 1 and 2 above towards the end of the biennium
1996-1997 and to report on the results of that review to the Assembly
at its fifty-second session, taking into account evolving needs
arising from the relocation to Bonn of the Convention secretariat;

      4.    Notes with appreciation contributions made to the
extrabudgetary funds established under paragraphs 10 and 20 of
resolution 45/212 and maintained in accordance with resolution 47/195,
and calls upon Member States that are parties to the Convention to
also contribute generously to the trust fund for participation in the
Convention process, envisaged in paragraph 15 of its financial
procedures, and to the trust funds envisaged for supplementary
activities under the Convention; 9/

      5.    Calls upon Member States that are parties to the Convention
to pay in full and in a timely manner for each of the years 1996 and
1997, in accordance with the indicative scale adopted by consensus by
the Conference of the Parties, 10/ the contributions required for
the trust fund for the core budget of the Convention, envisaged in
paragraph 13 of its financial procedures, so as to ensure continuity
in the cash flow required to finance the ongoing work of the
Conference of the Parties, the subsidiary bodies and the Convention
secretariat;

      6.    Invites the Executive Secretary of the United Nations
Framework Convention on Climate Change to report to the General
Assembly at its fifty-second session and, pending the outcome of the
special session of the General Assembly in 1997, to report on the
results of future meetings of the Conference of the Parties to the
Convention;

      7.    Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its fifty-
second session the item entitled "Protection of global climate for
present and future generations of mankind" and to consider at that
session the reviews requested in paragraph 10 of resolution 50/115.

                                                          86th plenary meeting
                                                              16 December 1996


                                     Notes

1/    A/AC.237/18 (Part II)/Add.1 and Corr.1, annex I.

2/    See FCCC/CP/1996/15/Add.1.

3/    Ibid., annex.

4/    FCCC/CP/1995/7/Add.1, decision 1/CP.1.

5/    FCCC/CP/1996/15/Add.1, decision 1/CP.2.

6/    A/51/484.

7/    Ibid., paras. 14-18.

8/    Ibid., para. 9.

9/    FCCC/CP/1995/7/Add.1, decision 15/CP.1, annex I, and decision
18/CP.1.

10/   Ibid., decision 15/CP.1, annex II.

 

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