United Nations


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

16 January 1997


Fifty-first session
Agenda item 144


               [on the report of the Sixth Committee (A/51/624)]

            51/206.  Convention on the law of the non-
                     navigational uses of international

      The General Assembly,

      Bearing in mind Article 13, paragraph 1 (a), of the Charter of
the United Nations,

      Reaffirming its resolution 49/52 of 9 December 1994, by which it
decided that the Sixth Committee should convene, at the beginning of
the fifty-first session, as a working group of the whole to elaborate
a framework convention on the law of the non-navigational uses of
international watercourses on the basis of the draft articles adopted
by the International Law Commission,

      Noting that some progress was achieved in the elaboration of the
convention, but that the Working Group of the Whole will need more
time to complete its mandate,

      1.    Takes note of the report of the Working Group of the
Whole; 1/

      2.    Decides to convene a second session of the Working Group of
the Whole, for a period of two weeks from 24 March to 4 April 1997, to
elaborate a framework convention on the law of the non-navigational
uses of international watercourses;

      3.    Also decides that on the completion of its mandate the
Working Group of the Whole shall report directly to the General

      4.    Further decides that the provisions of paragraph 5 of
resolution 49/52 shall continue to apply and that the methods of work
and procedures outlined in the annex to the present resolution shall
be followed.

                                                          88th plenary meeting
                                                              17 December 1996


                        Methods of work and procedures

1.    The Working Group of the Whole shall continue its work building
on the work already carried out by the Drafting Committee and the
Working Group as reflected in their reports, 2/ including the oral
report of the President of the Drafting Committee. 3/

2.    The Working Group of the Whole shall maintain its Drafting
Committee which shall consider the provisions of the draft articles
prepared by the International Law Commission that it was unable to
consider in its previous meetings, as well as the draft preamble and
the set of final clauses.

3.    Other issues arising from the reports referred to in paragraph 1
of the present annex, including those between brackets and with
footnotes, shall be discussed in the Working Group of the Whole.  The
Working Group of the Whole may decide to refer to the Drafting
Committee aspects of drafting related to those issues.

4.    The Working Group of the Whole shall endeavour to adopt all texts
by general agreement.  Failing such an agreement within a reasonable
period of time, it will take its decisions in accordance with the
rules of procedure of the General Assembly.


1/    A/C.6/51/L.3.

2/    A/C.6/51/NUW/WG/L.1 and Corr.1 and 2, Add.1, Add.2 and Corr.1,
Add.3 and Corr.1 and Add.4 and A/C.6/51/L.3.

3/    See Official Records of the General Assembly, Fifty-first
Session, Sixth Committee, 24th meeting (A/C.6/51/SR.24), and


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