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A/RES/51/38


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

7 January 1997

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Fifty-first session
Agenda item 61


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

            [on the report of the First Committee (A/51/566/Add.2)]


            51/38.      Objective information on military
                        matters, including transparency of
                        military expenditures


      The General Assembly,

      Recalling its resolution 49/66 of 15 December 1994 on objective
information on military matters, including transparency of military
expenditures,

      Also recalling its resolution 35/142 B of 12 December 1980, which
introduced the United Nations system for the standardized reporting of
military expenditures, and its resolution 48/62 of 16 December 1993,
calling upon all Member States to participate in it, and its
resolution 47/54 B of 9 December 1992, endorsing the guidelines and
recommendations for objective information on military matters and
inviting Member States to provide relevant information to the
Secretary-General regarding their implementation,

      Noting that since then national reports on military expenditures
and on the guidelines and recommendations for objective information on
military matters have been submitted by a number of Member States
belonging to different geographic regions,

      Welcoming the report of the Secretary-General  1/ on ways and
means to implement the guidelines and recommendations for objective
information on military matters, including, in particular, how to
strengthen and broaden participation in the United Nations system for
the standardized reporting of military expenditures,

      Expressing its appreciation to the Secretary-General for
providing Member States with the reports on military expenditures in
standardized form reported by States and on guidelines and
recommendations for objective information on military matters,

      Welcoming the decision of many Member States to exchange and to
publish information annually on their military budgets and to
implement the guidelines and recommendations for objective information
on military matters, as appropriate,

      Reaffirming its firm conviction that a better flow of objective
information on military matters can help to relieve international
tension and contribute to the building of confidence among States and
to the conclusion of concrete disarmament agreements,

      Convinced that the improvement of international relations forms a
sound basis for promoting further openness and transparency in all
military matters,

      Recalling that the guidelines and recommendations for objective
information on military matters recommended certain areas for further
consideration, such as the improvement of the United Nations system
for the standardized reporting of military expenditures,

      1.    Recommends the guidelines and recommendations for objective
information on military matters to all Member States for
implementation, fully taking into account specific political, military
and other conditions prevailing in a region, on the basis of
initiatives and with the agreement of the States of the region
concerned;

      2.    Calls upon all Member States to report annually, by 30
April, to the Secretary-General their military expenditures for the
latest fiscal year for which data are available, using, for the time
being, the reporting instrument as recommended in its resolution
35/142 B;

      3.    Requests the Secretary-General to circulate annually the
reports on military expenditures as received from Member States;

      4.    Also requests the Secretary-General to seek the views of
Member States and make recommendations on necessary changes to the
content and structure of the United Nations system for the
standardized reporting of military expenditures in order to strengthen
and broaden participation, and to submit a report within existing
resources on the subject to the General Assembly at its fifty-second
session;

      5.    Calls upon all Member States, in time for the deliberation
by the General Assembly at its fifty-second session, to provide the
Secretary-General with their views on ways and means to strengthen and
broaden participation in the United Nations system for the
standardized reporting of military expenditures, including necessary
changes to its content and structure;

      6.    Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its fifty-
second session the item entitled "Objective information on military
matters, including transparency of military expenditures".

                                                          79th plenary meeting
                                                              10 December 1996

                                     Notes

1/    A/51/179.

 

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