United Nations


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

12 February 1997


Fifty-first session
Agenda item 105


               [on the report of the Third Committee (A/51/614)]

                 51/74.  New international humanitarian order

      The General Assembly,

      Recalling its resolution 49/170 of 23 December 1994 and other
pertinent  resolutions 1/ relating to the promotion of a new
international humanitarian order and international cooperation in the
humanitarian field,

      Taking note of the report of the Secretary-General 2/ and the
previous reports 3/ containing the comments and views of Governments,
the specialized agencies and non-governmental organizations,

      Noting that a number of Governments have not yet submitted their
comments with regard to the above-mentioned resolutions,

      Noting with deep concern the growing scale of humanitarian
emergencies involving widespread suffering, loss of life and

      Noting the corresponding increase in the burden on the
international community in providing emergency relief for protracted
periods while durable solutions remain evasive, to the detriment of
stability and security and thereby adversely affecting economic and
social development,

      Bearing in mind the urgent need to ensure respect for and
promotion of the principles and norms relating to humanitarian

      1.    Expresses its appreciation to the Secretary-General for his
continuing support for the efforts to promote a new international
humanitarian order;

      2.    Urges Governments and governmental and non-governmental
organizations that have not yet done so to submit their comments and
views to the Secretary-General regarding the promotion of a new
international humanitarian order;

      3.    Requests Governments to make available to the Secretary-
General, on a voluntary basis, information and expertise on
humanitarian issues of special concern to them, in order to identify
opportunities for future action;

      4.    Invites the Independent Bureau for Humanitarian Issues to
continue and to strengthen further its activities in cooperation with
the governmental and non-governmental bodies concerned, including
local and regional capacity-building to respond to humanitarian
problems and the search for more effective measures to increase
international cooperation in the humanitarian field;

      5.    Requests the Secretary-General to remain in contact with
Governments and non-governmental organizations, including the
Independent Bureau for Humanitarian Issues, in order to report in a
comprehensive manner on the progress made by them to the General
Assembly at its fifty-third session.

                                                          82nd plenary meeting
                                                              12 December 1996


1/    Resolutions 36/136 of 14 December 1981, 37/201 of
18 December 1982, 38/125 of 16 December 1983, 40/126 of 13 December
1985, 42/120 and 42/121 of 7 December 1987, 43/129 and 43/130 of 8
December 1988, 45/101 and 45/102 of 14 December 1990 and 47/106 of 16
December 1992.

2/    A/51/454.

3/    A/37/145, A/38/450, A/40/358 and Add.1 and 2, A/41/472, A/43/734
and Add.1, A/45/524, A/47/352 and A/49/577 and Corr.1.


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