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A/RES/51/80


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

25 February 1997

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Fifty-first session
Agenda item 108


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

               [on the report of the Third Committee (A/51/617)]


            51/80.      International Convention on the
                        Elimination of All Forms of Racial
                        Discrimination


      The General Assembly,

      Recalling its previous resolutions concerning the reports of the
Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and its
resolutions on the status of the International Convention on the
Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, 1/

      Reiterating the importance of the Convention, which is one of the
most widely accepted human rights instruments adopted under the
auspices of the United Nations,

      Reiterating once again the need to intensify the struggle for the
elimination of all forms of racism and racial discrimination
throughout the world, especially its most brutal forms,

      Aware of the importance of the contributions of the Committee to
the efforts of the United Nations to combat racism and all other forms
of discrimination based on race, colour, descent or national or ethnic
origin,

      Emphasizing the obligation of all States parties to the
Convention to take legislative, judicial and other measures to secure
full implementation of the provisions of the Convention,

      Expressing its satisfaction at the entry into force on
3 December 1982 of the competence of the Committee to receive and
consider communications from individuals or groups of individuals
under article 14 of the Convention,

      Bearing in mind the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action,
adopted by the World Conference on Human Rights on 25 June 1993, 2/
in particular section II. B. relating to equality, dignity and
tolerance, and General Assembly resolution 50/201 of 22 December 1995,
in particular paragraph 9 thereof,

      Recalling its resolution 47/111 of 16 December 1992, in which it
welcomed the decision, taken on 15 January 1992 at the Fourteenth
Meeting of States Parties to the International Convention on the
Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, to amend
paragraph 6 of article 8 of the Convention and to add a new paragraph,
as paragraph 7 of article 8, with a view to providing for the
financing of the Committee from the regular budget of the United
Nations, and concerned that an amendment to the Convention has not yet
entered into force,

      Welcoming efforts of the Secretary-General to ensure interim
financial arrangements for the financing of the expenses incurred by
the Committee,

      Recalling the provisions of paragraph 4 of article 10 of the
Convention regarding the location of the meetings of the Committee,

      Stressing the importance of enabling the Committee to function
smoothly and to have all necessary facilities for the effective
performance of its functions under the Convention,

                                       I

      Report of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial
      Discrimination

      1.    Takes note with appreciation of the report of the Committee
on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on the work of its forty-
eighth and forty-ninth sessions; 3/

      2.    Commends the Committee for its work with regard to the
implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of
All Forms of Racial Discrimination;

      3.    Calls upon States parties to fulfil their obligation, under
paragraph 1 of article 9 of the Convention, to submit in due time
their periodic reports on measures taken to implement the Convention;

      4.    Commends the Committee on its working methods, including its
procedure for reviewing the implementation of the Convention in States
whose initial and periodic reports are overdue and the formulating of
concluding observations on reports of States parties to the
Convention;

      5.    Commends the Committee for its contribution to the
prevention of racial discrimination, including early warning measures
and urgent procedures, and welcomes its relevant action thereon;

      6.    Encourages the Committee to contribute fully to the
implementation of the Third Decade to Combat Racism and Racial
Discrimination and its revised Programme of Action, 4/ including by
the continued collaboration between the Committee and the
Subcommission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of
Minorities;

      7.    Welcomes the cooperation and exchange of information between
the Committee and relevant structures and mechanisms of the United
Nations, including the United Nations High Commissioner for Human
Rights, as well as the process of establishing liaisons with other
international organizations;

                                      II

      Financial situation of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial
      Discrimination

      8.    Takes note of the report of the Secretary-General on the
financial situation of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial
Discrimination; 5/

      9.    Expresses its profound concern at the fact that a number of
States parties to the International Convention on the Elimination of
All Forms of Racial Discrimination have still not fulfilled their
financial obligations, as shown in the report of the Secretary-
General, and strongly appeals to all States parties which are in
arrears to fulfil their outstanding financial obligations under
paragraph 6 of article 8 of the Convention;

      10.   Urges States parties to accelerate their domestic
ratification procedures with regard to the amendment to the Convention
regarding the financing of the Committee and expeditiously to notify
the Secretary-General in writing of their agreement to the amendment,
as decided upon at the Fourteenth Meeting of States Parties to the
International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial
Discrimination on 15 January 1992, endorsed by the General Assembly in
its resolution 47/111 of 16 December 1992 and further reiterated at
the Sixteenth Meeting of States Parties on 16 January 1996;

      11.   Requests the Secretary-General to continue to ensure
adequate financial arrangements and appropriate means to ensure the
functioning of the Committee;

      12.   Requests the Secretary-General to invite those States
parties that are in arrears to pay the amounts in arrears and to
report thereon to the General Assembly at its fifty-second session;

      13.   Decides to consider at its fifty-second session, under the
item entitled "Elimination of racism and racial discrimination", the
report of the Secretary-General on the financial situation of the
Committee and the report of the Committee;

                                      III

      Status of the International Convention on the Elimination of All
      Forms of Racial Discrimination

      14.   Takes note of the report of the Secretary-General on the
status of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms
of Racial Discrimination; 6/

      15.   Expresses its satisfaction at the number of States that have
ratified the Convention or acceded thereto;

      16.   Reaffirms once again its conviction that ratification of or
accession to the Convention on a universal basis and implementation of
its provisions are necessary for the realization of the objectives of
the Third Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination and for
action beyond the Decade;

      17.   Requests those States that have not yet become parties to
the Convention to ratify it or accede thereto;

      18.   Encourages States to limit the extent of any reservation
they lodge to the Convention and to formulate any reservation as
precisely and as narrowly as possible while ensuring that no
reservation is incompatible with the object and purpose of the
Convention or otherwise contrary to international law;

      19.   Requests the States parties to the Convention that have not
yet done so to consider the possibility of making the declaration
provided for in article 14 of the Convention;

      20.   Requests the Secretary-General to submit to the General
Assembly at its fifty-third session a report concerning the status of
the Convention, in accordance with resolution 2106 A (XX) of
21 December 1965.


                                                          82nd plenary meeting
                                                              12 December 1996


                                     Notes

1/    Resolution 2106 A (XX), annex.

2/    A/CONF.157/24 (Part I), chap. III.

3/    Official Records of the General Assembly, Fifty-first Session,
Supplement No. 18 (A/51/18).

4/    Resolution 49/146, annex.

5/    A/51/430.

6/    A/51/435.

 

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