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A/RES/51/54


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

9 January 1997

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Fifty-first session
Agenda item 80


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

           [on the report of the First Committee (A/51/566/Add.20)]


            51/54.      Convention on the Prohibition of the
                        Development, Production and
                        Stockpiling of Bacteriological
                        (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on
                        Their Destruction

      The General Assembly,

      Recalling its previous resolutions relating to the complete and
effective prohibition of bacteriological (biological) and toxin
weapons and to their destruction,

      Noting with satisfaction that there are one hundred and thirty-
nine States parties to the Convention on the Prohibition of the
Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological
(Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on Their Destruction, 1/ including
all the permanent members of the Security Council,

      Bearing in mind its call upon all States parties to the
Convention to participate in the implementation of the recommendations
of the Review Conferences, including the exchange of information and
data agreed to in the Final Declaration of the Third Review Conference
of the Parties to the Convention on the Prohibition of the
Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological
(Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on Their Destruction, 2/ and to
provide such information and data in conformity with standardized
procedure to the Secretary-General on an annual basis and no later
than 15 April,

      Recalling its resolution 46/35 A, adopted without a vote on 6
December 1991, in which it welcomed, inter alia, the establishment,
proceeding from the recommendations of the Third Review Conference, 3/
of an ad hoc group of governmental experts open to all States
parties to identify and examine potential verification measures from a
scientific and technical standpoint,

      Recalling also its resolution 48/65, adopted without a vote on 16
December 1993, in which it commended the final report of the Ad Hoc
Group of Governmental Experts to Identify and Examine Potential
Verification Measures from a Scientific and Technical Standpoint, 4/
agreed to by consensus at the last meeting of the Ad Hoc Group at
Geneva on 24 September 1993,

      Recalling further its resolution 49/86, adopted without a vote on
15 December 1994, in which it welcomed the final report of the Special
Conference of the States Parties to the Convention, 5/ adopted by
consensus on 30 September 1994, in which the States parties agreed to
establish an ad hoc group, open to all States parties, whose objective
should be to consider appropriate measures, including possible
verification measures, and draft proposals to strengthen the
Convention, to be included, as appropriate, in a legally binding
instrument to be submitted for the consideration of the States
parties,

      Recalling the provisions of the Convention related to scientific
and technological cooperation and the related provisions of the final
report of the Ad Hoc Group of Governmental Experts, the final report
of the Special Conference of the States Parties to the Convention,
held from 19 to 30 September 1994, and the final documents of the
Review Conferences,

      1.    Welcomes the information and data provided to date, and
reiterates its call upon all States parties to the Convention on the
Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of
Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on Their
Destruction to participate in the exchange of information and data
agreed to in the Final Declaration of the Third Review Conference of
the Parties to the Convention; 2/

      2.    Also welcomes the progress made by the Ad Hoc Group in
pursuing the mandate established by the Special Conference of the
States Parties to the Convention on 30 September 1994, and urges the
Ad Hoc Group, in order to fulfil its mandate, to intensify its work
with a view to completing it as soon as possible before the
commencement of the Fifth Review Conference and to submit its report,
which shall be adopted by consensus, to the States parties to be
considered at a special conference;

      3.    Requests the Secretary-General to continue to render the
necessary assistance to the depositary Governments of the Convention
and to provide such services as may be required for the implementation
of the decisions and recommendations of the Review Conferences, as
well as the decisions contained in the final report of the Special
Conference, including all necessary assistance to the Ad Hoc Group;

      4.    Welcomes the convening, at the request of the States
parties, of the Fourth Review Conference of the Parties to the
Convention at Geneva from 25 November to 6 December 1996;

      5.    Calls upon all signatory States that have not yet ratified
the Convention to do so without delay, and also calls upon those
States that have not signed the Convention to become parties thereto
at an early date, thus contributing to the achievement of universal
adherence to the Convention;

      6.    Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its fifty-
second session the item entitled "Convention on the Prohibition of the
Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological
(Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on Their Destruction".

                                                          79th plenary meeting
                                                              10 December 1996


                                     Notes

1/    Resolution 2826 (XXVI), annex.

2/    BWC/CONF.III/23, part II.

3/    See BWC/CONF.III/23.

4/    BWC/CONF.III/VEREX/9 and Corr.1.

5/    BWC/SPCONF/1.

 

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