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Items included in the provisional agenda *


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1. Opening of the session by the President of the General Assembly
2. Minute of silent prayer or meditation
3. Credentials of representatives to the fifty-ninth session of the General Assembly:
      (a) Appointment of the members of the Credentials Committee;
      (b) Report of the Credentials Committee.
4. Election of the President of the General Assembly
5. Election of the officers of the Main Committees
6. Election of the Vice-Presidents of the General Assembly
7. Notification by the Secretary-General under Article 12, paragraph 2, of the Charter of the United Nations
8. Organization of work, adoption of the agenda and allocation of items: reports of the General Committee
9. General debate
10. Report of the Secretary-General on the work of the Organization
11. Report of the Security Council
12. Report of the Economic and Social Council
13. Report of the International Court of Justice
14. Report of the International Atomic Energy Agency
15. Elections to fill vacancies in principal organs:
      (a) Election of five non-permanent members of the Security Council;
      (b) Election of eighteen members of the Economic and Social Council.
16. Elections to fill vacancies in subsidiary organs and other elections: election of seven members of the Committee for Programme and Coordination
17. Appointments to fill vacancies in subsidiary organs and other appointments:
      (a) Appointment of members of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary
      Questions;
      (b) Appointment of members of the Committee on Contributions;
      (c) Confirmation of the appointment of members of the Investments Committee;
      (d) Appointment of members of the United Nations Administrative Tribunal;
      (e) Appointment of members and alternate members of the United Nations Staff Pension
      Committee;
      (f) Appointment of members of the International Civil Service Commission;
      (g) Appointment of members of the Committee on Conferences;
      (h) Appointment of members of the Joint Inspection Unit;
      (i) Appointment of the Under-Secretary-General for Internal Oversight Services.
18. Election of judges of the International Tribunal for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law Committed in the Territory of the Former Yugoslavia since 1991
19. Admission of new Members to the United Nations
20. Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples
21. The role of diamonds in fuelling conflict
22. Assistance in mine action
23. Review of the implementation of the recommendations of the Third United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space
24. Prevention of armed conflict
25. Implementation of the resolutions of the United Nations
26. The situation in Central America: progress in fashioning a region of peace, freedom, democracy and development
27. The situation in Afghanistan and its implications for international peace and security
28. Question of the Comorian island of Mayotte
29. Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba
30. Question of Cyprus
31. Armed aggression against the Democratic Republic of the Congo
32. Question of the Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
33. Armed Israeli aggression against the Iraqi nuclear installations and its grave consequences for the established international system concerning the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and international peace and security
34. Consequences of the Iraqi occupation of and aggression against Kuwait
35. Declaration of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the Organization of African Unity on the aerial and naval military attack against the Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya by the present United States Administration in April 1986
36. Culture of peace
37. The situation in the Middle East
38. Question of Palestine
39. New Partnership for Africa’s Development: progress in implementation and international support:
      (a) New Partnership for Africa’s Development: progress in implementation and international
      support;
      (b) Causes of conflict and the promotion of durable peace and sustainable development in Africa.
40. Strengthening of the coordination of humanitarian and disaster relief assistance of the United Nations, including special economic assistance:
      (a) Strengthening of the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance of the United Nations;
      (b) Special economic assistance to individual countries or regions;
      (c) Assistance to the Palestinian people
      (d) Emergency international assistance for peace, normalcy and reconstruction of war-stricken
      Afghanistan
41. Follow-up to the outcome of the special session on children
42. The role of the United Nations in promoting a new global human order
43. The situation of democracy and human rights in Haiti
44. Follow-up to the outcome of the twenty-sixth special session: implementation of the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS
45. Information and communication technologies for development
46. Integrated and coordinated implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the major United Nations conferences and summits in the economic, social and related fields
47. 2001-2010: Decade to Roll Back Malaria in Developing Countries, Particularly in Africa
48. Sport for peace and development: International Year of Sport and Physical Education
49. Elimination of unilateral extraterritorial coercive economic measures as a means of political and economic compulsion
50. Oceans and the law of the sea:
      (a) Oceans and the law of the sea;
      (b) Sustainable fisheries, including through the Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions
      of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 relating to the
      Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks, and
      related instruments
51. Report of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Genocide and Other Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law Committed in the Territory of Rwanda and Rwandan Citizens Responsible for Genocide and Other Such Violations Committed in
the Territory of Neighbouring States between 1 January and 31 December 1994
52. Report of the International Tribunal for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law Committed in the Territory of the Former Yugoslavia since 1991
53. Revitalization of the work of the General Assembly
54. Question of equitable representation on and increase in the membership of the Security Council and related matters
55. Strengthening of the United Nations system
56. Follow-up to the outcome of the Millennium Summit
57. Cooperation between the United Nations and regional and other organizations:
      (a) Cooperation between the United Nations and the African Union;
      (b) Cooperation between the United Nations and the Asian-African Legal Consultative
      Organization;
      (c) Cooperation between the United Nations and the Association of South- East Asian Nations;
      (d) Cooperation between the United Nations and the Black Sea Economic Cooperation
      Organization;
      (e) Cooperation between the United Nations and the Caribbean Community;
      (f) Cooperation between the United Nations and the Council of Europe;
      (g) Cooperation between the United Nations and the Economic Community of Central African
      States;
      (h) Cooperation between the United Nations and the Economic Cooperation Organization;
      (i) Cooperation between the United Nations and the International Organization of la Francophonie;
      (j) Cooperation between the United Nations and the Inter-Parliamentary Union;
      (k) Cooperation between the United Nations and the Latin American Economic System;
      (l) Cooperation between the United Nations and the League of Arab States;
      (m) Cooperation between the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical
      Weapons;
      (n) Cooperation between the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in
      Europe;
      (o) Cooperation between the United Nations and the Organization of American States;
      (p) Cooperation between the United Nations and the Organization of the Islamic Conference;
      (q) Cooperation between the United Nations and the Pacific Islands Forum;
      (r) Cooperation between the United Nations and the Preparatory Commission for the
      Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization;
      (s) Cooperation between the United Nations and the Southern African Development Community.
58. Reduction of military budgets
59. Maintenance of international security — good-neighbourliness, stability and development in
South-Eastern Europe
60. Verification in all its aspects, including the role of the United Nations in the field of verification
61. Developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security
62. Role of science and technology in the context of international security and disarmament
63. Establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the region of the Middle East
64. Conclusion of effective international arrangements to assure non-nuclear weapon States against the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons
65. Prevention of an arms race in outer space
66. General and complete disarmament:
      (a) Notification of nuclear tests;
      (b) Further measures in the field of disarmament for the prevention of an arms race on the sea-bed
      and the ocean floor and in the subsoil thereof;
      (c) Disarmament and non-proliferation education;
      (d) Measures to uphold the authority of the 1925 Geneva Protocol;
      (e) Relationship between disarmament and development;
      (f) Mongolia’s international security and nuclear-weapon-free status;
      (g) Missiles;
      (h) Compliance with arms limitation and disarmament and non-proliferation agreements;
      (i) Regional disarmament;
      (j) Conventional arms control at the regional and subregional levels;
      (k) Improving the effectiveness of the methods of work of the First Committee;
      (l) National legislation on transfer of arms, military equipment and dual-use goods and technology;
      (m) Confidence-building measures in the regional and subregional context;
      (n) Promotion of multilateralism in the area of disarmament and nonproliferation;
      (o) Observance of environmental norms in the drafting and implementation of agreements on
      disarmament and arms control;
      (p) Follow-up to the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice on the Legality of the
      Threat or Use of Nuclear Weapons;
      (q) Reducing nuclear danger;
      (r) Measures to prevent terrorists from acquiring weapons of mass destruction;
      (s) Nuclear-weapon-free southern hemisphere and adjacent areas;
      (t) Towards a nuclear-weapon-free world: a new agenda;
      (u) Implementation of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production,
      Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on Their Destruction;
      (v) Implementation of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and
      Transfer of Anti-personnel Mines and on Their Destruction;
      (w) Transparency in armaments;
      (x) Nuclear disarmament;
      (y) Assistance to States for curbing the illicit traffic in small arms and collecting them;
      (z) The illicit trade in small arms and light weapons in all its aspects.
67. Review and implementation of the Concluding Document of the Twelfth Special Session of the General Assembly:
      (a) United Nations Disarmament Information Programme;
      (b) United Nations disarmament fellowship, training and advisory services;
      (c) United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America
      and the Caribbean;
      (d) United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa;
      (e) United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific;
      (f) United Nations regional centres for peace and disarmament;
      (g) Convention on the Prohibition of the Use of Nuclear Weapons;
      (h) Regional confidence-building measures: activities of the United Nations Standing Advisory
      Committee on Security Questions in Central Africa.
68. Review of the implementation of the recommendations and decisions adopted by the General Assembly at its tenth special session:
      (a) Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters;
      (b) United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research;
      (c) Report of the Conference on Disarmament;
      (d) Report of the Disarmament Commission.
69. The risk of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East
70. Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects
71. Strengthening of security and cooperation in the Mediterranean region
72. Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty
73. Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on Their Destruction
74. Effects of atomic radiation
75. International cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space
76. United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
77. Report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories
78. Comprehensive review of the whole question of peacekeeping operations in all their aspects
79. Questions relating to information
80. Information from Non-Self-Governing Territories transmitted under Article 73 e of the Charter of the United Nations
81. Economic and other activities which affect the interests of the peoples of the Non-Self-Governing Territories
82. Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples by the specialized agencies and the international institutions associated with the United Nations
83. Offers by Member States of study and training facilities for inhabitants of Non-Self-Governing Territories
84. Question of the Malagasy islands of Glorieuses, Juan de Nova, Europa and Bassas da India
85. Macroeconomic policy questions:
      (a) International trade and development;
      (b) International financial system and development;
      (c) External debt crisis and development;
      (d) Commodities.
86. Follow-up to and implementation of the outcome of the International Conference on Financing for Development
87. Sustainable development:
      (a) Implementation of Agenda 21, the Programme for the Further Implementation of Agenda 21 and
      the outcomes of the World Summit on Sustainable Development;
      (b) Further implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small
      Island Developing States;
      (c) International Strategy for Disaster Reduction;
      (d) Protection of global climate for present and future generations of mankind;
      (e) Implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in Those Countries
      Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, Particularly in Africa;
      (f) Convention on Biological Diversity;
      (g) United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.
88. Implementation of the outcome of the Second United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) and of the twenty-fifth special session of the General Assembly
89. Globalization and interdependence:
      (a) Globalization and interdependence;
      (b) International migration and development;
      (c) Preventing and combating corrupt practices and transfer of funds of illicit origin and returning
      such assets to the countries of origin;
      (d) Culture and development;
      (e) Integration of the economies in transition into the world economy.
90. Groups of countries in special situations:
      (a) Third United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries;
      (b) Specific actions related to the particular needs and problems of landlocked developing
      countries: outcome of the International Ministerial Conference of Landlocked and Transit
      Developing Countries and Donor Countries and International Financial and Development
      Institutions on Transit Transport Cooperation.
91. Eradication of poverty and other development issues:
      (a) Implementation of the first United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (1997-2006);
      (b) Women in development;
      (c) Industrial development cooperation.
92. Operational activities for development:
      (a) Operational activities for development of the United Nations system;
      (b) Triennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the United
      Nations system.
93. Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources
94. Training and research:
      (a) United Nations Institute for Training and Research;
      (b) United Nations University.
95. Implementation of the outcome of the World Summit for Social Development and of the twenty-fourth special session of the General Assembly
96. Social development, including questions relating to the world social situation and to youth, ageing, disabled persons and the family:
      (a) Social development, including questions relating to the world social situation and to youth,
      ageing, disabled persons and the family;
      (b) United Nations Literacy Decade: education for all.
97. Follow-up to the International Year of Older Persons: Second World Assembly on Ageing
98. Crime prevention and criminal justice
99. International drug control
100. Advancement of women
101. Implementation of the outcome of the Fourth World Conference on Women and of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly, entitled “Women 2000: gender equality, development and peace for the twenty-first century”
102. Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, questions relating to refugees, returnees and displaced persons and humanitarian questions
103. Promotion and protection of the rights of children
104. Programme of activities for the International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People, 1995-2004
105. Elimination of racism and racial discrimination:
      (a) Elimination of racism and racial discrimination;
      (b) Comprehensive implementation of and follow-up to the Durban Declaration and Programme of
      Action.
106. Right of peoples to self-determination
107. Human rights questions:
      (a) Implementation of human rights instruments;
      (b) Human rights questions, including alternative approaches for improving the effective enjoyment
      of human rights and fundamental freedoms;
      (c) Human rights situations and reports of special rapporteurs and representatives;
      (d) Comprehensive implementation of and follow-up to the Vienna Declaration and Programme of
      Action;
      (e) Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
108. Financial reports and audited financial statements, and reports of the Board of Auditors:
      (a) United Nations;
      (b) United Nations Development Programme;
      (c) United Nations Children’s Fund;
      (d) United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East;
      (e) United Nations Institute for Training and Research;
      (f) Voluntary funds administered by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees;
      (g) Fund of the United Nations Environment Programme;
      (h) United Nations Population Fund;
      (i) United Nations Habitat and Human Settlements Foundation;
      (j) Fund of the United Nations International Drug Control Programme;
      (k) United Nations Office for Project Services;
      (l) International Tribunal for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Serious Violations of
      International Humanitarian Law Committed in the Territory of the Former Yugoslavia since 1991;
      (m) International Criminal Tribunal for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Genocide and
      Other Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law Committed in the Territory of Rwanda
      and Rwandan Citizens Responsible for Genocide and Other Such Violations Committed in the
      Territory of Neighbouring States between 1 January and 31 December 1994.
109. Review of the efficiency of the administrative and financial functioning of the United Nations
110. Programme budget for the biennium 2004-2005
111. Programme planning
112. Improving the financial situation of the United Nations.
113. Administrative and budgetary coordination of the United Nations with the specialized agencies and the International Atomic Energy Agency
114. Pattern of conferences
115. Scale of assessments for the apportionment of the expenses of the United Nations
116. Human resources management
117. Joint Inspection Unit
118. United Nations common system
119. United Nations pension system
120. Report of the Secretary-General on the activities of the Office of Internal Oversight Services
121. Review of the implementation of General Assembly resolutions 48/218 B and 54/244
122. Administration of justice at the United Nations
123. Financing of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Genocide and Other Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law Committed in the Territory of Rwanda and Rwandan Citizens Responsible for Genocide and Other Such Violations Committed in
the Territory of Neighbouring States between 1 January and 31 December 1994
124. Financing of the International Tribunal for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law Committed in the Territory of the Former Yugoslavia since 1991
125. Administrative and budgetary aspects of the financing of the United Nations peacekeeping operations
126. Financing of the United Nations Angola Verification Mission and the United Nations Observer Mission in Angola
127. Financing of the United Nations Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina
128. Financing of the United Nations Mission in Côte d’Ivoire
129. Financing of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus
130. Financing of the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
131. Financing of the United Nations Mission in East Timor
132. Financing of the United Nations Mission of Support in East Timor
133. Financing of the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea
134. Financing of the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia
135. Financing of the activities arising from Security Council resolution 687 (1991):
      (a) United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission;
      (b) Other activities.
136. Financing of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo
137. Financing of the United Nations Mission in Liberia
138. Financing of the United Nations peacekeeping forces in the Middle East:
      (a) United Nations Disengagement Observer Force;
      (b) United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon.
139. Financing of the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone
140. Financing of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara
141. Nationality of natural persons in relation to the succession of States
142. Responsibility of States for internationally wrongful acts
143. Status of the Protocols Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and relating to the protection of victims of armed conflicts
144. Consideration of effective measures to enhance the protection, security and safety of diplomatic and consular missions and representatives
145. Convention on jurisdictional immunities of States and their property
146. Report of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law on the work of its thirty-seventh session
147. Report of the International Law Commission on the work of its fifty-sixth session
148. Report of the Committee on Relations with the Host Country
149. International Criminal Court
150. Report of the Special Committee on the Charter of the United Nations and on the Strengthening of the Role of the Organization
151. Measures to eliminate international terrorism
152. Scope of legal protection under the Convention on the Safety of United Nations and Associated Personnel
153. International convention against the reproductive cloning of human beings
154. Observer status for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in the General Assembly (item proposed by China (A/59/141).
155. Observer status for the Southern African Development Community in the General Assembly (item proposed by the United Republic of Tanzania (A/59/142).
156. Financing of the United Nations Operation in Burundi
157. Financing of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire
158. Financing of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti

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* This is the provisional agenda [A/59/150] as it was issued on 16 July 2004. More items may be added to this list if requested if requested by Member States. A draft agenda containing the added items will be available by the opening of the General Assembly in September.