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A/RES/51/95


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

28 February 1997

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Fifty-first session
Agenda item 110 (b)
                             

                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

            [on the report of the Third Committee (A/51/619/Add.2)]


            51/95.      Follow-up to the United Nations Year
                        for Tolerance


      The General Assembly,

      Recalling its resolutions 47/124 of 18 December 1992, 48/126 of
20 December 1993 and 49/213 of 23 December 1994, by which it
proclaimed and supported the United Nations Year for Tolerance,

      Recalling also that the Charter of the United Nations affirms in
its preamble that to practice tolerance is one of the principles to be
applied to attain the ends pursued by the United Nations of preventing
war and maintaining peace,

      Stressing that one of the purposes of the United Nations, as set
forth in the Charter, is the achievement of international cooperation
in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural or
humanitarian character and in promoting and encouraging respect for
human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction
as to race, sex, language or religion,

      Bearing in mind the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1/
the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, adopted by the World
Conference on Human Rights on 25 June 1993, 2/ and the
International Covenants on Human Rights, 3/

      Reconfirming that tolerance is the sound foundation of any civil
society and of peace,

      Taking note of the note by the Secretary-General 4/
transmitting the final report on the United Nations Year for
Tolerance, including the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance and
the Follow-up Plan of Action for the United Nations Year for
Tolerance, submitted to him by the United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization as requested by the General
Assembly in its resolution 49/213,

      Taking note also of resolution 5.6 adopted by the General
Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization at its twenty-eighth session, 5/

      1.    Welcomes the role played by the United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization in the preparation for and
implementation of the United Nations Year for Tolerance;

      2.    Takes note of the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance and
the Follow-up Plan of Action for the United Nations Year for
Tolerance, adopted by the States members of the United Nations
Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization on 16 November 1995; 4/

      3.    Expresses its appreciation for the contribution of the
regional conferences on tolerance and other relevant activities
organized during the United Nations Year for Tolerance at Rio de
Janeiro (Brazil), Seoul (Republic of Korea), Sienna (Italy), Carthage
(Tunisia), New Delhi (India), Moscow and Yakutsk (Russian Federation),
Tbilisi (Georgia) and Istanbul (Turkey) to the Declaration of
Principles and the Follow-up Plan of Action for the promotion of
tolerance; 

      4.    Invites the United Nations Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organization to take appropriate initiatives, including
holding regional meetings, to assure the follow-up and implementation
of the outcome of the regional conferences organized during the United
Nations Year for Tolerance and to promote further the spirit
instigated by those conferences;

      5.    Invites Member States to consider applying the Declaration
of Principles at the national level and to continue to undertake
public information campaigns in connection with the Follow-up Plan of
Action aimed at the realization of more tolerant societies;

      6.    Also invites Member States to observe the International Day
for Tolerance annually on 16 November with appropriate activities
directed towards both educational establishments and the wider public;

      7.    Encourages the United Nations Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organization to continue its activities aimed at reinforcing
the struggle against the rise of intolerance;

      8.    Recommends that interested intergovernmental and
non-governmental organizations and specialized agencies exert efforts
in their respective fields to contribute to the long-term follow-up
programme for the United Nations Year for Tolerance, including
celebration of the International Day for Tolerance, and to consider
what further contributions they can make to implement and disseminate
the standards affirmed in the Declaration of Principles;

      9.    Requests the United Nations Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organization to continue to coordinate actions in support of
tolerance promotion and education in partnership with other United
Nations agencies and regional, intergovernmental and non-governmental
organizations and to make reports available to the General Assembly on
a biennial basis on the implementation of the Declaration of
Principles and the Follow-up Plan of Action;

      10.   Invites the United Nations Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organization to consider, at an appropriate time, the
possibility of organizing an international conference to inform and
mobilize public opinion, as well as the United Nations system, in this
regard;

      11.   Decides to consider the question of the follow-up to the
United Nations Year for Tolerance at its fifty-third session.


                                                          82nd plenary meeting
                                                              12 December 1996


                                     Notes

1/    Resolution 217 A (III).

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

3/    Resolution 2200 A (XXI), annex.

4/    A/51/201.

5/    See United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization, Records of the General Conference, Twenty-eighth
Session, Paris, 25 October-16 November 1995, vol. 1, Resolutions,
sect. IV. 

 

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