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Sixty-eighth session

Revitalization of the work of the General Assembly (Agenda item 122)

Summary of work

Background (source: A/68/100/Add.1)

This item, which was included in the agenda of the forty-sixth session of the General Assembly, in 1991, had originally been proposed for inclusion in the draft agenda of that session by the President of the Assembly at its forty-fifth session (see decision 45/461).

The General Assembly considered the question at its forty-sixth to forty-eighth, fifty-second and fifty-third sessions (resolutions 46/77, 47/233 and 48/264 and decisions 52/479 and 53/491).

At its fifty-fourth session, the General Assembly decided to defer consideration of the item and to include it in the draft agenda of its subsequent session (decision 54/491).

The General Assembly continued its consideration of the item from its fifty-fifth to sixty-sixth sessions (resolutions 55/285, 56/509, 57/301, 58/126, annex, 61/292, 62/276, 63/309, 64/301, 65/315 and 66/294).

At its resumed fifty-eighth session, in July 2004, the General Assembly adopted a number of measures, inter alia, to reorganize the agenda of the Assembly; and decided to review the provisions of the reorganized agenda at its sixty-first session with a view to making further improvements (resolution 58/316).

At its sixty-seventh session, the General Assembly adopted interalia, the provisional programme of work of the Sixth Committee (decision 67/523) for the sixty-eighth session.

Consideration at the sixty-eighth session

At its 2nd plenary meeting, on 20 September 2013, the General Assembly, on the recommendation of the General Committee, decided to allocate the item to all the Main Committees for the sole purpose of considering and taking action on their respective tentative programmes of work for the sixty-ninth session of the General Assembly.

The Sixth Committee considered the item at its 29th meeting, on 15 November 2013 (see A/C.6/68/SR.29).

Action taken by the Sixth Committee

At the 29th meeting, on 15 November, the Chair introduced a draft decision containing the provisional programme of work of the Committee for the sixty-ninth session of the General Assembly, as proposed by the Bureau (A/C.6/68/L.21). A statement was made by the representative of Cuba, on behalf of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).

At the same meeting, the Committee adopted draft decision A/C.6/68/L.21. Under this draft decision, the General Assembly would note the decision of the Sixth Committee to adopt the provisional programme of work for the sixty-ninth session of the General Assembly, as proposed by the Bureau.