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A/RES/51/4


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

7 November 1996

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Fifty-first session
Agenda item 22


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

   [without reference to a Main Committee (A/51/L.5/Rev.1 and Rev.1/Add.1)]


            51/4.    Cooperation between the United Nations
                     and the Organization of American States


      The General Assembly,

      Recalling its resolution 49/5 of 21 October 1994 relating to the
promotion of cooperation between the United Nations and the
Organization of American States,

      Having examined the report of the Secretary-General on
cooperation between the United Nations and the Organization of
American States,  1/

      Recalling that the purposes of the United Nations are,
inter alia, to achieve international cooperation in solving
international problems of an economic, social, cultural or
humanitarian character and in promoting and encouraging respect for
human rights and fundamental freedoms and to be a centre for
harmonizing the actions of nations in the attainment of these common
ends,

      Bearing in mind that the Charter of the United Nations provides
for the existence of regional arrangements and agencies for dealing
with such matters relating to the maintenance of international peace
and security as are appropriate for regional action and whose
activities are consistent with the purposes and principles of the
United Nations,

      Recalling that the Charter of the Organization of American States
reaffirms these purposes and principles and provides that that
organization is a regional agency under the terms of the Charter of
the United Nations,

      Noting with satisfaction that the third general meeting between
representatives of the United Nations system and of the Organization
of American States was held at United Nations Headquarters on 17 and
18 April 1995,

      Welcoming the fact that the Secretary-General of the Organization
of American States attended the special commemorative meeting of the
United Nations on the occasion of its fiftieth anniversary,

      Expressing its satisfaction at the way in which the United
Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs and the
Assistant Secretary-General of the Organization of American States
have been performing their work of coordination between the two
bodies,

      Recalling its resolutions 47/20 A, 47/20 B, 48/27 B, 49/27 B,
49/5 and 50/86 B of 24 November 1992, 20 April 1993, 8 July 1994,
12 July 1995, 21 October 1994 and 3 April 1996, respectively,

      Aware that the effective consolidation of a new international
order requires regional action in harmony with that of the United
Nations,

      1.    Expresses its appreciation to the Secretary-General for his
initiative in convening a meeting between the United Nations and the
heads of regional organizations on 15 and 16 February 1996, welcomes
the participation of the Secretary-General of the Organization of
American States in that meeting, and recommends that similar meetings
be held more frequently;

      2.    Expresses its satisfaction at the close cooperation between
the two organizations and, in particular, the support which they both
gave to the conduct of the parliamentary municipal and presidential
elections in Haiti from June to December 1995, and at the joint
operations of the International Civilian Mission to Haiti;

      3.    Also expresses its satisfaction at the support given by the
Electoral Observer Mission in the general elections in Nicaragua held
on 20 October 1996, when the United Nations system also provided
technical assistance;

      4.    Further expresses its satisfaction at the close cooperation
between the two organizations in the observation and verification of
the electoral process, and recognizes the effectiveness of that
cooperation when it is requested by national authorities;

      5.    Welcomes the meetings between the Secretary-General of the
United Nations and the Secretary-General of the Organization of
American States, as well as the regular meetings between their
representatives throughout the period under review;

      6.    Also welcomes the signature on 17 April 1995 of the
Collaboration Agreement between the United Nations and the
Organization of American States;

      7.    Emphasizes that the cooperation between the United Nations
and the Organization of American States should be in accordance with
their respective mandates, scope and composition and should take place
in forms that are suited  to each specific situation, in accordance
with the Charter of the United  Nations;

      8.    Recommends that general meetings between representatives of
the United Nations system and the Organization of American States be
held when deemed necessary to continue to review and appraise
progress, and that sectoral and focal point meetings be held on areas
of priority or mutually agreed issues, continuing with the modality of
operating through the focal points already established;

      9.    Expresses its appreciation for the efforts of the Secretary-
General in the promotion of cooperation between the United Nations and
the Organization of American States, and expresses the hope that he
will continue to strengthen the mechanism for cooperation between the
two organizations;

      10.   Requests the Secretary-General to submit to the General
Assembly at its fifty-third session a report on the implementation of
the present resolution;

      11.   Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its fifty-
third session the item entitled "Cooperation between the United
Nations and the Organization of American States".

                                                          40th plenary meeting
                                                               24 October 1996


                                     Note

1/          A/51/297 and Add.1.

 

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