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A/RES/51/32


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

10 January 1997

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Fifty-first session
Agenda item 44


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

         [without reference to a Main Committee (A/51/L.31 and Add.1)]


            51/32.   Mid-term review of the implementation of
                     the United Nations New Agenda for the
                     Development of Africa in the 1990s


      The General Assembly,

      Reaffirming its resolution 46/151 of 18 December 1991, the annex
to which contains the United Nations New Agenda for the Development of
Africa in the 1990s,

      Recalling its resolutions 48/214 of 23 December 1993 and 49/142
of 23 December 1994 on the New Agenda,

      Recalling also its resolutions 50/160 A and B of 22 December 1995
and 16 July 1996 establishing the Ad Hoc Committee of the Whole of the
General Assembly for the Mid-term Review of the Implementation of the
United Nations New Agenda for the Development of Africa in the 1990s,

      Noting that the mid-term review of the implementation of the New
Agenda 1/ has been an occasion for an in-depth assessment of the
actions taken in the implementation of the New Agenda and the measures
needed to accelerate its implementation during the remaining period of
the decade and beyond,

      Recognizing that while there was an overall improvement in
economic performance in some African countries, in the continent as a
whole many of the critical social conditions and economic problems
which led to the adoption of the United Nations Programme of Action
for African Economic Recovery and Development 1986-1990, 2/ and the
New Agenda in 1986 and 1991, respectively, still exist and have
worsened in some countries;

      Recognizing also, as noted in the mid-term review, 3/ that
poverty and unemployment are expected to increase substantially in
Africa, leading to the need for African countries and the
international community to take urgent measures to attain the
objectives of the New Agenda,

      Taking note of the reports of the Secretary-General concerning
the mid-term review of the implementation of the New Agenda, 4/

      Taking note also of the document of the Organization of African
Unity concerning the mid-term review of the implementation of the New
Agenda, the outcome of the High-level Seminar on African Development,
held at Tokyo on 27 and 28 August 1996, and the submission by the non-
governmental organizations,

      Noting the contribution made by individual Governments and
intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations to the work of
the Ad Hoc Committee,

      1.    Adopts the conclusions of the mid-term review of the
implementation of the United Nations New Agenda for the Development of
Africa in the 1990s, consisting of an assessment of the responses and
measures to accelerate the implementation of the New Agenda, as set
forth in the report of the Ad Hoc Committee of the Whole of the
General Assembly for the Mid-term Review of the Implementation of the
United Nations New Agenda for the Development of Africa in the 1990s, 1/
highlighting key areas for priority attention, inter alia:
(a) economic reforms, including the effective mobilization and efficient
utilization of domestic resources; (b) the promotion of private sector
and foreign direct investment; (c) the intensification of the
democratic process and the strengthening of civil society; (d)
environment and development; (e) resource flows; (f) solution of
Africa's debt problem; (g) trade facilitation and market access; (h)
the diversification of African economies; (i) the improvement of
physical and institutional infrastructure and social and human
resource development; and (j) women in development;

      2.    Requests the Secretary-General to give the outcome of the
mid-term review the widest publicity to all Member States and in
particular to sensitize the heads of the agencies and institutions of
the United Nations system, including the Bretton Woods institutions,
and the donor community to the measures and recommendations contained
therein;

      3.    Requests all States, international and multilateral
organizations, financial institutions and development funds, the
organs and programmes of the United Nations system and
intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations to take, as a
matter of urgency, concrete and effective measures in order to
implement fully the recommendations contained in the report of the Ad
Hoc Committee and to do so in a coordinated manner;

      4.    Reaffirms the importance of effective follow-up, monitoring
and evaluation arrangements for the implementation of the New Agenda
at the national, regional and global levels, and in this regard
requests the Secretary-General to strengthen and improve follow-up,
monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of the New Agenda;

      5.    Recognizes the complementary role of the United Nations
System-wide Special Initiative on Africa in the implementation of the
New Agenda, including the mobilization of adequate resources, while
avoiding unnecessary duplication of activities;

      6.    Requests the Secretary-General, pending the final review and
appraisal of the New Agenda in the year 2002, to submit to the General
Assembly at its fifty-third and fifty-fifth sessions a progress report
on the implementation of the present resolution under an item entitled 
"Implementation of the United Nations New Agenda for the Development
of Africa in the 1990s, including measures and recommendations agreed
upon at its mid-term review".


                                                          75th plenary meeting
                                                               6 December 1996


                                     Notes

1/    See Official Records of the General Assembly, Fifty-first
Session, Supplement No. 48 (A/51/48).

2/    Resolution S-13/2, annex.

3/    Official Records of the General Assembly, Fifty-first Session,
Supplement No. 48 (A/51/48), para. 44, annex.

4/    A/51/228 and Add.1 and A/AC.251/5.

 

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