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A/RES/51/63


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

28 January 1997

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Fifty-first session
Agenda item 101


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

               [on the report of the Third Committee (A/51/610)]


            51/63.      Strengthening the United Nations Crime
                        Prevention and Criminal Justice
                        Programme, particularly its technical
                        cooperation capacity


      The General Assembly,

      Recalling its resolution 46/152 of 18 December 1991 on the
creation of an effective United Nations crime prevention and criminal
justice programme, in which it approved the statement of principles
and programme of action annexed to that resolution,

      Bearing in mind the goals of the United Nations in the field of
crime prevention and criminal justice, specifically the reduction of
criminality, more efficient and effective law enforcement and
administration of justice, respect for human rights and promotion of
the highest standards of fairness, humanity and professional conduct,

      Convinced of the desirability of closer coordination and
cooperation among States in combating crime, including drug-related
crimes, such as terrorist crimes, illicit arms trade and money-
laundering, and bearing in mind the role that could be played by both
the United Nations and regional organizations in this respect,

      Recognizing the urgent need to increase technical cooperation
activities in order to assist countries, in particular developing
countries and countries in transition, with their efforts in
translating United Nations policy guidelines into practice,

      Recalling its relevant resolutions, in which it requested the
Secretary-General, as a matter of urgency, to provide the United
Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme with
sufficient resources for the full implementation of its mandate, in
conformity with the high priority attached to the Programme,


      1.    Takes note with appreciation of the report of the
Secretary-General on the progress made in the implementation of
General Assembly resolutions 50/145 and 50/146 of 21 December 1995; 1/

      2.    Reaffirms the importance of the United Nations Crime
Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme and the crucial role it has
to play in promoting effective action to strengthen international
cooperation in crime prevention and criminal justice, in responding to
the needs of the international community in the face of both national
and transnational criminality and in assisting Member States in
achieving the goals of preventing crime within and among States and
improving the response to crime;

      3.    Also reaffirms the priority of the Programme, in accordance
with the relevant resolutions, and the need for an appropriate share
of the existing United Nations resources for the Programme;

      4.    Welcomes the upgrading of the Crime Prevention and Criminal
Justice Branch of the Secretariat to a division, while noting the
severe impact of the budgetary cuts on its capacity to deliver the
services required by Member States;

      5.    Reaffirms its resolution 50/214 of 23 December 1995, and
requests the Secretary-General to ensure, in particular, the full
implementation of section III, paragraphs 29 and 30, of that
resolution;

      6.    Requests the Secretary-General to strengthen further the
Programme by providing it with the resources necessary for the full
implementation of its mandate, including follow-up action to the
Naples Political Declaration and Global Action Plan against Organized
Transnational Crime 2/ and to the Ninth United Nations Congress on
the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders; 3/

      7.    Reaffirms the high priority attached to technical
cooperation and advisory services in the field of crime prevention and
criminal justice, and stresses the need to continue to improve the
operational activities of the Programme, in particular in developing
countries and countries in transition, in order to meet the needs of
Member States, at their request, for support in crime prevention and
criminal justice;

      8.    Calls upon States and United Nations funding agencies to
make significant financial contributions for operational activities of
the Programme, and encourages all States to make voluntary
contributions for that purpose to the United Nations Crime Prevention
and Criminal Justice Fund, also taking into account the activities
required for the implementation of the Naples Political Declaration
and Global Action Plan against Organized Transnational Crime;

      9.    Calls upon the United Nations Development Programme, the
World Bank and other international, regional and national funding
agencies to support technical operational activities in this field and
to include such activities in their programmes, utilizing the
expertise of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice
Programme in such activities and cooperating closely on relevant
technical assistance projects and advisory missions;

      10.   Takes note with appreciation of the contributions of the
Programme to United Nations peacekeeping and special missions, as well
as its contributions to the follow-up to those missions, inter alia,
through advisory services, and encourages the Secretary-General, as a
way of strengthening the rule of law, to recommend the inclusion of
the re-establishment and reform of criminal justice systems in
peacekeeping operations;

      11.   Requests the Secretary-General to continue to strengthen
cooperation between the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Division
and the United Nations International Drug Control Programme, in
particular in the area of money-laundering;

      12.   Also requests the Secretary-General to take all necessary
measures to assist the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal
Justice, as the principal policy-making body in this field, in
performing its activities, including cooperation and coordination with
other relevant bodies, such as the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, the
Commission on Human Rights and the Commission on the Status of Women;

      13.   Calls upon the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal
Justice to give effect to its relevant resolutions on strategic
management of the Programme, in particular those concerning reporting
requirements, submission of proposals and resource mobilization;

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


                                                          82nd plenary meeting
                                                              12 December 1996


                                     Notes

1/    A/51/327.

2/    See A/49/748, annex, sect. I. A.

3/    A/CONF.169/16.

 

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