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A/RES/51/88


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

7 February 1997

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Fifty-first session
Agenda item 110 (a)


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

            [on the report of the Third Committee (A/51/619/Add.1)]


            51/88.      Commemoration of the fiftieth
                        anniversary of the Universal
                        Declaration of Human Rights


      The General Assembly,

      Recalling that, in adopting the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights 1/ on 10 December 1948, it recognized the inherent dignity and
equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family as the
foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,

      Considering that the fiftieth anniversary of the Declaration
provides an opportunity for the United Nations and its Member States
to redouble their efforts to promote awareness and strengthened
observance of the rights set out in the Declaration,

      Recognizing the Declaration as the source of inspiration and the
basis of subsequent progress in the field of human rights,

      Concerned that international human rights standards are not fully
and universally respected, that human rights continue to be violated
in all parts of the world, and that people still suffer misery and are
deprived of the full enjoyment of their civil, cultural, economic,
political and social rights, and convinced of the necessity to respect
human rights and fundamental freedoms in all situations and to
strengthen United Nations efforts in this regard,

      Recalling the significance and the message of the Vienna
Declaration and Programme of Action, adopted by the World Conference
on Human Rights on 25 June 1993, 2/

      Recalling also its decision 48/416 of 10 December 1993, in which
it decided to include in the provisional agenda of its fifty-third
session an item entitled "Fiftieth anniversary of the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights", 

      Having considered the report of the United Nations High
Commissioner for Human Rights, 3/ in particular section IX thereof
entitled "1998:  Human Rights Year", in which proposals to celebrate
the fiftieth anniversary were made, including the convening of a
ceremonial meeting of the General Assembly, and welcoming the
intention of the High Commissioner to facilitate cooperation between
various initiatives aimed at the commemoration of the fiftieth
anniversary,

      1.    Requests the United Nations High Commissioner for Human
Rights to continue to coordinate the preparations for the fiftieth
anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1/ bearing in
mind the provisions set out in the Vienna Declaration and Programme of
Action 2/ for evaluation and follow-up;

      2.    Invites Governments to review and assess the progress that
has been made in the field of human rights since the adoption of the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to identify obstacles and ways
in which they can be overcome to achieve progress in this area, to
undertake additional efforts and to develop programmes of education
and information, with a view to disseminating the text of the
Declaration and arriving at a better understanding of the universal
message;

      3.    Invites the human rights treaty bodies to give appropriate
attention, within their mandates and methods of work, to the fiftieth
anniversary of the Declaration and to reflect on their possible
contribution to the preparations;

      4.    Endorses the intention of the relevant United Nations organs
and agencies, in the light of the purposes set forth in the
Declaration , to make an assessment of and to put forward pertinent
conclusions on the state of implementation and impact of existing
international human rights instruments;

      5.    Calls upon the relevant United Nations organs and agencies,
in coordination with the High Commissioner, to mark the anniversary by
intensifying their own contributions to United Nations system-wide
efforts to promote and protect human rights;

      6.    Invites non-governmental organizations and national
institutions to participate fully in the preparations for the fiftieth
anniversary of the Declaration, to intensify their campaign for
greater understanding and better use of the Declaration and to
communicate their observations and recommendations to the High
Commissioner;

      7.    Requests the Secretary-General to include in the proposed
programme budget for the biennium 1998-1999 appropriate activities to
celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Declaration;

      8.    Decides to convene, during its fifty-third session, a one-
day plenary meeting, on 10 December 1998, to celebrate the fiftieth
anniversary of the Declaration;

      9.    Also decides to review during its fifty-second session the
state of preparations for the fiftieth anniversary of the Declaration
and to consider appropriate measures in this regard, including its own
contribution.


                                                          82nd plenary meeting
                                                              12 December 1996


                                     Notes

1/    Resolution 217 A (III).

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

3/    A/51/36; see Official Records of the General Assembly, Fifty-
first Session, Supplement No. 36.

 

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