United Nations


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

4 November 1996


Fifty-first session
Agenda item 160


         [without reference to a Main Committee (A/51/L.2 and Add.1)]

            51/6.    Observer status for the International
                     Seabed Authority in the General Assembly

      The General Assembly,

      Aware of the importance of the effective implementation of the
United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 1/
and of the Agreement relating to the Implementation of Part XI
of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea,  2/ and
their uniform consistent application, as well as of the growing need
to promote and facilitate international cooperation on the law of the
sea and ocean affairs at the global, regional and subregional levels,

      Noting the decision of the Assembly of the International Seabed
Authority at its resumed second session to seek observer status for
the Authority at the United Nations in order to enable it to
participate in the deliberations of the General Assembly,

      1.    Decides to invite the International Seabed Authority to
participate in the deliberations of the General Assembly in the
capacity of observer;

      2.    Requests the Secretary-General to take the necessary action
to implement the present resolution.

                                                          40th plenary meeting
                                                               24 October 1996


1/          Official Records of the Third United Nations Conference on
the Law of the Sea, vol. XVII (United Nations publication, Sales No.
E.84.V.3), document A/CONF.62/122.

2/          Resolution 48/263, annex.


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