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A/RES/51/209


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

16 January 1997

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Fifty-first session
Agenda item 150


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

               [on the report of the Sixth Committee (A/51/630)]


            51/209.  Report of the Special Committee on the
                     Charter of the United Nations and on the
                     Strengthening of the Role of the
                     Organization

      The General Assembly,

      Recalling its resolution 3499 (XXX) of 15 December 1975, by which
it established the Special Committee on the Charter of the United
Nations and on the Strengthening of the Role of the Organization, and
its relevant resolutions adopted at subsequent sessions,

      Recalling also its resolution 47/233 of 17 August 1993 on the
revitalization of the work of the General Assembly,

      Recalling further its resolution 47/62 of 11 December 1992 on the
question of equitable representation on and increase in the membership
of the Security Council,

      Bearing in mind the provisions of its resolution 50/55 of
11 December 1995,

      Conscious of the ongoing discussion in the open-ended working
groups of the General Assembly dealing with the various aspects of the
revitalization, strengthening and reform of the work of the United
Nations,

      Taking note of the report of 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 1/ and the report of the Open-ended High-level Working Group
on the Strengthening of the United Nations System, 2/

      Bearing in mind the reports of the Secretary-General on the work
of the Organization submitted to the General Assembly at its
thirty-seventh, 3/ thirty-ninth, 4/ fortieth, 5/ forty-first, 6/
forty-second, 7/ forty-third, 8/ forty-fourth, 9/ forty-fifth, 10/
forty-sixth, 11/ forty-seventh, 12/ forty-eighth, 13/
forty-ninth, 14/ fiftieth 15/ and fifty-first 16/ sessions, as well
as the views and comments expressed on them by Member States,

      Recalling the elements relevant to the work of the Special
Committee contained in its resolution 47/120 B of 20 September 1993,

      Recalling also the provisions of its resolution 50/51 of 11
December 1995 on the implementation of the provisions of the Charter
of the United Nations related to assistance to third States affected
by the application of sanctions,

      Taking note of the report of the Secretary-General submitted in
accordance with resolution 50/51, 17/

      Mindful of the desirability for the Special Committee to carry
out further work in the fields of the maintenance of international
peace and security and the peaceful settlement of disputes between
States,

      Recalling its resolution 50/52 of 11 December 1995,

      Having considered the report of the Special Committee on the work
of its session held in 1996, 18/

      1.    Takes note of the report of the Special Committee on the
Charter of the United Nations and on the Strengthening of the Role of
the Organization; 18/

      2.    Decides that the Special Committee will hold its next
session from 27 January to 7 February 1997;

      3.    Requests the Special Committee, at its session in 1997, in
accordance with paragraph 5 of resolution 50/52:

      (a)   To accord appropriate time for the consideration of all
proposals concerning the question of the maintenance of international
peace and security in all its aspects in order to strengthen the role
of the United Nations and, in this context, to consider other
proposals relating to the maintenance of international peace and
security already submitted or which may be submitted to the Special
Committee at its session in 1997, including the revised proposal on
the strengthening of the role of the United Nations in the maintenance
of international peace and security, 19/ the revised working paper on
the strengthening of the role of the United Nations in the maintenance
of international peace and security and strengthening of the role of
the Organization and enhancing its effectiveness, 20/ and the working
paper on the draft declaration on the basic principles and criteria
for the work of the United Nations peacekeeping missions and
mechanisms for the prevention and settlement of crises and
conflicts; 21/

      (b)   To continue to consider on a priority basis the question of
the implementation of the provisions of the Charter related to
assistance to third States affected by the application of sanctions
under Chapter VII of the Charter, taking into consideration the
reports of the Secretary-General, 22/ the proposals submitted on this
subject, the debate on this question which took place in the Sixth
Committee at the fifty-first session of the General Assembly and the
debate in the sub-group on sanctions of the Open-ended Working Group
on an Agenda for Peace during the fiftieth session of the General
Assembly, and also the implementation of the provisions of General
Assembly resolutions 50/51 and 51/208;  

      (c)   To continue its work on the question of the peaceful
settlement of disputes between States and, in this context, to
continue its consideration of proposals relating to the peaceful
settlement of disputes between States, including the proposal on the
establishment of a dispute settlement service offering or responding
with its services early in disputes and those proposals relating to
the enhancement of the role of the International Court of Justice;

      (d)   To continue to consider proposals concerning the Trusteeship
Council in the light of the report of the Secretary-General submitted
in accordance with resolution 50/55 23/ and the views expressed by
the States on this subject during the fifty-first session of the
General Assembly;

      4.    Requests the Secretary-General, taking into account the
views expressed and the practical suggestions made during the debate
held within the framework of the Sixth Committee, 24/ to expedite the
preparation and publication of the supplements to the Repertoire of
the Practice of the Security Council and the Repertory of Practice of
United Nations Organs and to submit a progress report on the matter to
the General Assembly before its fifty-second session;

      5.    Invites the Special Committee at its session in 1997 to
continue to identify new subjects for consideration in its future work
with a view to contributing to the revitalization of the work of the
United Nations, to discuss how to offer its assistance to the working
groups of the General Assembly in this field and, in this regard, to
consider ways and means of improving coordination between the Special
Committee and other working groups dealing with the reform of the
Organization, including the role of the Chairperson of the Special
Committee for this purpose;

      6.    Requests the Special Committee to submit a report on its
work to the General Assembly at the fifty-second session; 

      7.    Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its fifty-
second session the item entitled "Report of the Special Committee on
the Charter of the United Nations and on the Strengthening of the Role
of the Organization".


                                                          88th plenary meeting
                                                              17 December 1996


                                     Notes

1/    A/50/47 and Corr.1 and Add.1; see Official Records of the General
Assembly, Fiftieth Session, Supplement No. 47.

2/    Official Records of the General Assembly, Fiftieth Session,
Supplement No. 24 (A/50/24).

3/    Ibid., Thirty-seventh Session, Supplement No. 1 (A/37/1).

4/    Ibid., Thirty-ninth Session, Supplement No. 1 (A/39/1).

5/    Ibid., Fortieth Session, Supplement No. 1 (A/40/1).

6/    Ibid., Forty-first Session, Supplement No. 1 (A/41/1).

7/    Ibid., Forty-second Session, Supplement No. 1 (A/42/1).

8/    Ibid., Forty-third Session, Supplement No. 1 (A/43/1).

9/    Ibid., Forty-fourth Session, Supplement No. 1 (A/44/1).

10/   Ibid., Forty-fifth Session, Supplement No. 1 (A/45/1).

11/   Ibid., Forty-sixth Session, Supplement No. 1 (A/46/1).

12/   Ibid., Forty-seventh Session, Supplement No. 1 (A/47/1).

13/   Ibid., Forty-eighth Session, Supplement No. 1 (A/48/1).

14/   Ibid., Forty-ninth Session, Supplement No. 1 (A/49/1).

15/   Ibid., Fiftieth Session, Supplement No. 1 (A/50/1).

16/   Ibid., Fifty-first Session, Supplement No. 1 (A/51/1).

17/   A/51/317.

18/   Official Records of the General Assembly, Fifty-first Session,
Supplement No. 33 (A/51/33).

19/   Ibid., para. 56.

20/   Ibid., Fiftieth Session, Supplement No. 33 (A/50/33), para. 47.

21/   Ibid., Fifty-first Session, Supplement No. 33 (A/51/33), para.
128.

22/   A/48/573-S/26705 (see Official Records of the Security Council,
Forty-eighth Year, Supplement for October, November and December
1993), A/49/356, A/50/60-S/1995/1 (see Official Records of the
Security Council, Fiftieth Year, Supplement for January, February and
March 1995), A/50/423, A/50/361 and A/51/317.

23/   A/50/1011.

24/   See Official Records of the General Assembly, Fifty-first
Session, Sixth Committee, 5th meeting (A/C.6/51/SR.5), and
corrigendum.

 

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