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A/RES/51/227


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

16 May 1997

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Fifty-first session
Agenda item 120


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

            [on the report of the Fifth Committee (A/51/643/Add.2)]


            51/227.     Respect for the privileges and
                        immunities of officials of the United
                        Nations and the specialized agencies
                        and related organizations

      The General Assembly,

      Recalling that, under Article 105 of the Charter of the United
Nations, all officials of the Organization shall enjoy in the
territory of each of its Members such privileges and immunities as are
necessary for the independent exercise of their functions in
connection with the Organization,

      Also recalling that, under Article 100 of the Charter, each
Member of the United Nations undertakes to respect the exclusively
international character of the responsibilities of the Secretary-
General and the staff and not to seek to influence them in the
discharge of their responsibilities,

      Further recalling the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities
of the United Nations, 1/ the Convention on the Privileges and
Immunities of the Specialized Agencies, 2/ the Agreement on the
Privileges and Immunities of the International Atomic Energy Agency
3/ and the United Nations Development Programme Standard Basic
Assistance Agreements,

      Stressing that respect for the privileges and immunities of
officials of the United Nations and the specialized agencies is
becoming even more imperative owing to the growing number of
assignments entrusted by Member States to the organizations of the
United Nations system,

      Recalling its resolution 76 (I) of 7 December 1946, in which it
approved the granting of the privileges and immunities referred to in
articles V and VII of the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities
of the United Nations to all members of the staff of the United
Nations, with the exception of those who are recruited locally and are
assigned to hourly rates,

      Also recalling its resolution 43/173 of 9 December 1988, to which
is annexed the Body of Principles for the Protection of All Persons
under Any Form of Detention or Imprisonment, including the principle
that all persons under arrest or detention shall be provided whenever
necessary with medical care and treatment,

      Reiterating the obligation of all officials of the Organization
in the conduct of their duties to observe fully both the laws and
regulations of Member States and their duties and responsibilities to
the Organization,

      Mindful of the responsibility of the Secretary-General to
safeguard the functional immunity of all United Nations officials,

      Mindful also of the importance in this respect of the immediate
provision by Member States of adequate information concerning the
arrest and detention of staff members and, more particularly, of their
granting access to them,

      Bearing in mind the responsibility of the Secretary-General to
guarantee appropriate standards of justice and due process to United
Nations officials,

      Recalling the relevant conventions and also its resolution 49/59
of 9 December 1994, by which it adopted the Convention on the Safety
of United Nations and Associated Personnel, and its resolution 51/137
of 13 December 1996,

      1.    Takes note of the report of the Secretary-General on respect
for the privileges and immunities of officials of the United Nations
and the specialized agencies and related organizations, as well as
their security and safety, 4/ and of the statement made to the Fifth
Committee by the United Nations Security Coordinator on
15 October 1996; 5/

      2.    Expresses its deep appreciation to United Nations personnel,
including those engaged in peacekeeping and humanitarian operations
and locally recruited staff, for their efforts to contribute to
achieving peace and security and to alleviating the suffering of the
people living in areas of conflict;

      3.    Deplores the risks confronting United Nations personnel,
including those engaged in peacekeeping and humanitarian operations
and locally recruited staff;

      4.    Requests the Secretary-General to submit to the General
Assembly at its fifty-second session a report on respect for the
privileges and immunities of officials of the United Nations and the
specialized agencies and related organizations as well as their
security and safety;

      5.    Also requests the Secretary-General to pay special attention
to Member States' restrictions, which may impede the ability of
officials of the United Nations and the specialized agencies and
related organizations to carry out their functions, and to report
thereon to the General Assembly at its fifty-third session.


                                                          95th plenary meeting
                                                                  3 April 1997


                                     Notes

1/    Resolution 22 A (I).

2/    Resolution 179 (II).

3/    United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 374, p. 147.

4/    A/C.5/51/3.

5/    See Official Records of the General Assembly, Fifty-first
Session, Fifth Committee, 7th meeting (A/C.5/51/SR.7), and corrigendum. 

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