United Nations


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

10 February 1997


Fifty-first session
Agenda item 11


              [without reference to a Main Committee (A/51/L.64)]

            51/193.  Report of the Security Council

      The General Assembly,

      Recalling its resolutions 47/233 of 17 August 1993 and 48/264 of
29 July 1994 on the revitalization of the work of the General

      Reiterating the importance of the objectives and principles
relevant to the revitalization of the work of the General Assembly as
set out in resolutions 47/233 and 48/264,

      Reaffirming the need to improve the reporting procedures of the
Security Council,

      Bearing in mind the ongoing work of the Open-ended High-level
Working Group on the Strengthening of the United Nations System and
the Open-ended Working Group on the Question of Equitable
Representation on and Increase in the Membership of the Security
Council and Other Matters Related to the Security Council,

      Taking note of the ongoing efforts of the Security Council to
enhance the transparency of its working methods,

      1.    Stresses the importance of enhanced interaction and an
effective relationship between the General Assembly and other
principal organs, in particular the Security Council, in accordance
with the relevant provisions of the Charter of the United Nations;

      2.    Takes note of the report of the Security Council to the
General General Assembly at its fifty-first session, 1/ as well as
the views expressed thereon in the course of the consideration of the
report by the Assembly;

      3.    Encourages the Security Council, in the submission of its
reports to the General Assembly, to provide in a timely manner a
substantive, analytical and material account of its work;

      4.    Calls upon the Security Council to adopt the following
measures, inter alia, in connection with the content of its future
reports to the General Assembly:

      (a)   To include, as appropriate, information on the consultations
of the whole undertaken prior to action or deliberation by the Council
on issues within its mandate and on the process leading to such

      (b)   To include the decisions, recommendations or progress of
work of the subsidiary organs of the Council, in particular the
sanctions committees;
      (c)   To highlight the extent to which resolutions of the General
Assembly on issues falling within the scope of the General Assembly
and the Security Council have been taken into account by the Council
in its decision-making;

      (d)   To strengthen further the section in the report on the steps
taken by the Council to improve its working methods;

      (e)   To include information on requests received under Article 50
of the Charter and actions taken by the Council thereon;

      5.    Encourages the Security Council to provide special reports
in accordance with Articles 15 and 24 of the Charter;

      6.    Requests that the annual report of the Security Council be
made available before the beginning of the general debate of the
General Assembly;

      7.    Requests the President of the General Assembly to raise with
the President of the Security Council during their monthly informal
meetings and,  when deemed appropriate, the matters covered by the
present resolution and to report to the Assembly on the steps taken by
the Council in this regard;

      8.    Invites the Security Council, through an appropriate
procedure or mechanism, to update the General Assembly on a regular
basis on the steps it has taken or is contemplating with respect to
improving its reporting to the Assembly.

                                                          87th plenary meeting
                                                              17 December 1996


1/    A/51/2; see Official Records of the General Assembly, Fifty-first
Session, Supplement No. 2.


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