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A/RES/51/20


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

26 November 1996

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Fifty-first session
Agenda item 30


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

              [without reference to a Main Committee (A/51/L.8)]


            51/20.   Cooperation between the United Nations
                     and the League of Arab States


      The General Assembly,

      Recalling its previous resolutions on the promotion of
cooperation between the United Nations and the League of Arab States,

      Having considered the report of the Secretary-General on
cooperation between the United Nations and the League of Arab States, 1/

      Recalling the decision of the Council of the League of Arab
States that it considers the League a regional organization within the
meaning of Chapter VIII of the Charter of the United Nations,

      Noting the desire of both organizations to consolidate, develop
and enhance further the ties existing between them in the political,
economic, social, humanitarian, cultural and administrative fields,

      Taking into account the report of the Secretary-General entitled
"An Agenda for Peace", 2/ in particular section VII, concerning
cooperation with regional arrangements and organizations, and the
"Supplement to an Agenda for Peace", 3/

      Convinced that the maintenance and further strengthening of
cooperation between the United Nations system and the League of Arab
States contribute to the promotion of the purposes and principles of
the United Nations,

      Convinced also of the need for more efficient and coordinated
utilization of available economic and financial resources to promote
common objectives of the two organizations,

      Recognizing the need for closer cooperation between the United
Nations system and the League of Arab States and its specialized
organizations in realizing the goals and objectives of both
organizations,

      Welcoming the second meeting on cooperation between the United
Nations and regional organizations, held on 15 and 16 February 1996,

      1.    Takes note with satisfaction of the report of the Secretary-
General; 1/

      2.    Commends the continued efforts of the League of Arab States
to promote multilateral cooperation among Arab States, and requests
the United Nations system to continue to lend its support;

      3.    Expresses its appreciation to the Secretary-General for the
follow-up action taken by him to implement the proposals adopted at
the meetings between the representatives of the secretariats of the
United Nations and other organizations of the United Nations system
and the General Secretariat of the League of Arab States and its
specialized organizations, including the last meeting held at Vienna
in 1995;

      4.    Requests the Secretariat of the United Nations and the
General Secretariat of the League of Arab States, within their
respective fields of competence, to intensify further their
cooperation towards the realization of the purposes and principles of
the Charter of the United Nations, the strengthening of international
peace and security, economic development, disarmament, decolonization,
self-determination and the eradication of all forms of racism and
racial discrimination;

      5.    Requests the Secretary-General to continue his efforts to
strengthen cooperation and coordination between the United Nations and
other organizations and agencies of the United Nations system and the
League of Arab States and its specialized organizations in order to
enhance their capacity to serve the mutual interests of the two
organizations in the political, economic, social, humanitarian,
cultural and administrative fields;

      6.    Calls upon the specialized agencies and other organizations
and programmes of the United Nations system:

      (a)   To continue to cooperate with the Secretary-General and
among themselves, as well as with the League of Arab States and its
specialized organizations, in the follow-up of multilateral proposals
aimed at strengthening and expanding cooperation in all fields between
the United Nations system and the League of Arab States and its
specialized organizations;

      (b)   To maintain and increase contacts and improve the mechanism
of consultation with the counterpart programmes, organizations and
agencies concerned regarding projects and programmes, in order to
facilitate their implementation;

      (c)   To associate whenever possible with organizations and
institutions of the League of Arab States in the execution and
implementation of development projects in the Arab region;

      (d)   To inform the Secretary-General, not later than
15 June 1997, of the progress of their cooperation with the League of
Arab States and its specialized organizations, in particular the
follow-up action taken on the multilateral and bilateral proposals
adopted at the previous meetings between the two organizations;

      7.    Also calls upon the specialized agencies and other
organizations and programmes of the United Nations system to intensify
cooperation with the League of Arab States and its specialized
organizations in the following priority sectors, namely, energy, rural
development, desertification and green belts, training and vocational
training, technology, environment, and information and documentation;

      8.    Requests the Secretary-General of the United Nations, in
cooperation with the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States,
to encourage periodic consultation between representatives of the
Secretariat of the United Nations and the General Secretariat of the
League of Arab States to review and strengthen coordination mechanisms
with a view to accelerating implementation of, and follow-up action
on, multilateral projects, proposals and recommendations adopted at
the meetings between the two organizations;

      9.    Decides that, in order to enhance cooperation and for the
purpose of review and appraisal of progress, a general meeting between
the United Nations system and the League of Arab States should take
place once every two years, and inter-agency sectoral meetings should
be organized regularly on areas of priority and wide importance in the
development of the Arab States, on the basis of agreement between the
counterpart programmes of the United Nations system and the League of
Arab States and its specialized organizations;

      10.   Recommends that the next general meeting on cooperation
between the representatives of the secretariats of the United Nations
system and the General Secretariat of the League of Arab States and
its specialized organizations be held during 1997;

      11.   Requests the Secretary-General to submit to the General
Assembly at its fifty-second session a report on the implementation of
the present resolution;

      12.   Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its fifty-
second session the item entitled "Cooperation between the United
Nations and the League of Arab States".

                                                          60th plenary meeting
                                                              19 November 1996


                                     Notes

1/    A/51/380 and Add.1

2/    A/47/277-S/24111.

3/    A/50/60-S/1995/1.

 

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