United Nations


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

11 February 1997


Fifty-first session
Agenda item 99 (a)


              [on the report of the Second Committee (A/51/607)]

            51/188.     United Nations Institute for Training
                        and Research

      The General Assembly,

      Recalling its resolutions 47/227 of 8 April 1993, 48/207 of 21
December 1993, 49/125 of 19 December 1994 and 50/121 of 20 December

      Having considered the report of the Secretary-General, 1/ the
report of the Acting Executive Director of the United Nations
Institute for Training and Research on the activities of the
Institute 2/ and the report of the Joint Inspection Unit, 3/

      Noting with interest the steps being taken to complete the
restructuring process of the Institute, and welcoming the recent
progress made by the Institute in its various programmes and
activities, including the improved cooperation that has been
established with other organizations of the United Nations system and
with regional and national institutions,

      Expressing its appreciation to the Governments and private
institutions that have made or pledged financial and other
contributions to the Institute,

      Welcoming the opening of the Institute's liaison office in New
York following the recommendation of the Board of Trustees of the
Institute and the relevant resolutions of the General Assembly,

      Reiterating that the funding of training programmes offered at
the specific request of Member States or departments and units of the
Organization and other organs of the United Nations system and the
specialized agencies should be arranged by the requesting parties,

      Recognizing that training activities should be accorded a larger
and more visible role in support of the management of international
affairs and in the execution of the economic and social development
programmes of the United Nations system,

      1.    Reaffirms the relevance of the United Nations Institute for
Training and Research, particularly in view of the growing importance
of training within the United Nations and the training requirements of
all Member States, and the pertinence of research activities related
to training undertaken by the Institute within its mandate;

      2.    Invites the Institute to strengthen its cooperation with
other United Nations institutes and relevant national, regional and
international institutes;

      3.    Requests that relevant measures be taken by the Board of
Trustees of the Institute with respect to the regularization of the
post of Executive Director of the Institute;

      4.    Renews its appeal to all Governments and to private
institutions that have not yet contributed financially or otherwise to
the Institute to give it their generous financial and other support,
and urges the States that interrupted their voluntary contributions to
consider resuming them in the light of the progress made in the
restructuring and revitalization of the Institute;

      5.    Takes note of the report of the Joint Inspection Unit on the
relocation of the Institute, 3/ and the subsequent decision of the
Board of Trustees of the Institute to postpone any decision on the
possibility of relocating the Institute;

      6.    Requests the Secretary-General to explore in consultation
with the Executive Director of the Institute, as well as with the
heads of United Nations programmes and funds, ways and modalities of
cooperation, in order to better define the role of the Institute in
the fields of training, research and methodology, assessment and
capacity-building within the United Nations system, and to report
thereon to the General Assembly at its fifty-second session;

      7.    Requests the Joint Inspection Unit, in close cooperation
with the Institute and relevant United Nations bodies, to prepare a
study, as recommended by the Unit in its report, 4/ on the training
institution programmes and activities of the United Nations system,
and to submit a report thereon for consideration by the General
Assembly at its fifty-second session.

                                                          86th plenary meeting
                                                              16 December 1996


1/    A/51/554.

2/    A/51/14 (Parts I and II);  see Official Records of the General
Assembly, Fifty-first Session, Supplement No. 14.

3/    See A/51/642 and Add.1.

4/    A/51/642, para. 66.


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