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A/RES/51/35


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

17 January 1997

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Fifty-first session
Agenda item 24 (b)


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

         [without reference to a Main Committee (A/51/L.28 and Add.1)]


            51/35.   Agreement for the Implementation of the
                     Provisions of the United Nations
                     Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10
                     December 1982 relating to the
                     Conservation and Management of
                     Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly
                     Migratory Fish Stocks


      The General Assembly,

      Recalling its resolutions 47/192 of 22 December 1992, concerning
the United Nations Conference on Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly
Migratory Fish Stocks, and 50/24 of 5 December 1995, concerning the
Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United
Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 relating
to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and
Highly Migratory Fish Stocks, 1/

      Recalling also resolutions I and II adopted by the Conference, 2/

      Noting the opening for signature of the Agreement on 4 December 1995,

      Recognizing the importance of the Agreement for the conservation
and management of straddling fish stocks and highly migratory fish
stocks and the need for the regular consideration and review of
developments relating thereto,

      Recognizing also the importance of artisanal and subsistence
fishers, 

      Noting with appreciation the information provided by States,
relevant specialized agencies, international organizations,
intergovernmental bodies and non-governmental organizations in
accordance with resolution 50/24,

      Taking note of the report of the Secretary-General, 3/

      1.    Recognizes the significance of the Agreement for the
Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on
the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 relating to the Conservation
and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish
Stocks 1/ as an important contribution to ensuring the conservation and
management of straddling fish stocks and highly migratory fish stocks;

      2.    Emphasizes the importance of the early entry into force and
effective implementation of the Agreement;

      3.    Calls upon all States and other entities referred to in
article 1, paragraph 2 (b), of the Agreement that have not done so to
ratify or accede to it and to consider applying it provisionally;

      4.    Takes note with concern that many commercially important
straddling fish stocks and highly migratory fish stocks have been
subject to heavy and little-regulated fishing efforts and that some
stocks continue to be overfished;

      5.    Welcomes the fact that a growing number of States and other
entities, as well as regional and subregional fishery management
organizations and arrangements, have adopted legislation, established
regulations or taken other measures to implement the provisions in the
Agreement, and urges them to enforce those measures fully;  

      6.    Calls upon States and other entities and regional and
subregional fishery management organizations and arrangements that
have not done so to consider taking measures to implement the
provisions of the Agreement;

      7.    Urges States, relevant specialized agencies, international
organizations, intergovernmental bodies and non-governmental
organizations that have not yet done so to provide information to the
Secretary-General to ensure as comprehensive a report as possible; 

      8.    Requests the Secretary-General to report to the General
Assembly at its fifty-second session and biennially thereafter on
further developments relating to the conservation and management of
straddling fish stocks and highly migratory fish stocks, including the
status and implementation of the Agreement, taking into account
information provided by States, relevant specialized agencies, in
particular the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United
Nations, and other appropriate organs, organizations and programmes of
the United Nations system, regional and subregional organizations and
arrangements for the conservation and management of straddling fish
stocks and highly migratory fish stocks, as well as other relevant
intergovernmental bodies and non-governmental organizations;

      9.    Also requests the Secretary-General to ensure that reporting
on all major fishery-related activities and instruments is effectively
coordinated and duplication of activities and reporting minimized, and
that relevant scientific and technical studies are disseminated to the
international community, and invites the relevant specialized
agencies, including the Food and Agriculture Organization of the
United Nations, as well as regional and subregional fishery
organizations and arrangements, to cooperate with the
Secretary-General to that end;

      10.   Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its
fifty-second session, under an item entitled "Oceans and law of the
sea", the sub-item entitled "Agreement for the Implementation of the
Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of
10 December 1982 relating to the Conservation and Management of
Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks".


                                                          77th plenary meeting
                                                               9 December 1996


                                     Notes

1/    A/CONF.164/37; see also A/50/550, annex I.

2/    A/CONF.164/38, annex; see also A/50/550, annex II.

3/    A/51/383.

 

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