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Reference:  A/60/100  [F]  [S]  [A]  [C]  [R]

 
 

  Item 52:

 

Sustainable development

Date of consideration:  2 November 2005 & 3 November 2005 (AM)

Second Committee Report (59th session):  A/59/483   [ F ]   [ S ]   [ A ]   [ C ]   [ R ] 

Documents:

A/60/3   [F]   [S]   [A]   [C]   [R]  

Relevant chapter of the report of the Economic and Social Council for 2005 on the work of the Commission on Sustainable Development at its twelfth session and on the work of the United Nations Forum on Forests at its fourth session (Supplement No. 3) (Mandate: GA res. 47/191 and ECOSOC res. 2000/35)

 

A/60/3/Add.1   [F]   [S]   [A]   [C]   [R]  

Addendum to the report of the Economic and Social Council for 2005

 

A/60/25(Suppl.)   [F]   [S]   [A]   [C]   [R]  

Report of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme on its twenty-third session (Mandate: GA res. 2997 (XXVII) and res. 42/185)

 

A/60/25/Add.1(Suppl.)   [F]   [S]   [A]   [C]   [R]  

Addendum to the report of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme on its twenty-third session

 

A/60/79   [F]   [S]   [A]   [C]   [R]  

Identical letters dated 18 May 2005 from the Permanent Representative of Qatar to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the General Assembly 

 

A/60/111  [F]   [S]   [A]   [C]   [R]  

Letter dated 5 July 2005 from the Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General

 

A/60/129   [F]   [S]   [A]   [C]   [R]  

Letter dated 13 July 2005 from the Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General

 

A/60/167   [F]   [S]   [A]   [C]   [R]  

Note by the Secretary-General transmitting the report of the World Tourism Organization on the implementation of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism (Mandate:  GA res. 56/212 of 21 Dec. 2001 and dec. 58/573 of 13 Sept. 2004)

 

A/60/336   [F]   [S]   [A]   [C]   [R]  

Letter dated 13 July 2005 from the Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General

Summary:  

Report of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme on its twenty-third session

At its twenty-seventh session, in 1972, the General Assembly adopted a number of provisions setting up the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) (resolution 2997 (XXVII)), including the establishment of the Governing Council of UNEP. The Governing Council was to report annually to the Assembly, through the Economic and Social Council, which would transmit to the Assembly such comments on the report as it might deem necessary. At its forty-second session, the Assembly changed the annual cycle of submission of reports to a biennial one (resolution 42/185).

At its fifty-third session, in July 1999, the General Assembly, inter alia, welcomed the proposal to institute an annual, ministerial-level, global environmental forum, with the Governing Council of UNEP constituting the forum in the years that it met in regular session and, in alternate years, with the forum taking the form of a special session of the Governing Council (resolution 53/242).

At its fifty-ninth session, the General Assembly, recalling resolutions 57/251 and 58/209, by which Member States, the Governing Council and the relevant bodies of the United Nations system were encouraged to submit their comments on the issue of establishing universal membership of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum, in order to contribute to the report of the Secretary-General to be submitted to the Assembly for consideration before its sixtieth session, emphasized the need for UNEP, within its mandate, to further contribute to sustainable development programmes, the implementation of Agenda 21 and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation; called upon all countries to further engage in the negotiations of the intergovernmental strategic plan for technology support and capacity-building; called upon UNEP to continue to contribute, within its mandate and as a member of the Inter-Agency Task Force, to the preparations for the International Meeting to Review the Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States; and requested the Secretary-General to keep the resource needs of UNEP and the United Nations Office at Nairobi under review so as to permit the delivery, in an effective manner, of necessary services to the Programme and to the other United Nations organs and organizations in Nairobi (resolution 59/226).

(a)  Implementation of Agenda 21, the Programme for the Further Implementation of Agenda 21 and the outcomes of the World Summit on Sustainable Development

Date of consideration:  2 November 2005 & 3 November 2005 (AM)

Second Committee Report (59th session):  A/59/483/Add.1  [ F ]  [ S ]  [ A ]  [ C ]  [ R ]

Documents:

A/60/115   [F]   [S]   [A]   [C]   [R]  

Letter dated 11 July 2005 from the representatives of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Turkey and the United States of America to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General

 

A/60/158   [F]   [S]   [A]   [C]   [R]  

Report of the Secretary-General on actions taken in organizing the activities of the International Decade for Action, "Water for Life", 2005-2015 (Mandate: GA res. 59/228, para. 8)

 

A/60/261   [F]   [S]   [A]   [C]   [R]  

A/60/261/Corr.1   [F]   [S]   [A]   [C]   [R]  

Report of the Secretary-General on the implementation of Agenda 21, the Programme for the Further Implementation of Agenda 21 and the outcomes of the World Summit on Sustainable Development  (Mandate: GA res. 59/227, para. 19)

Summary:  

At its forty-seventh session, in 1992, the General Assembly endorsed the recommendation of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (Rio de Janeiro, 3-14 June 1992) on the establishment of a high-level Commission on Sustainable Development as a functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (resolution 47/191).

At its nineteenth special session, in 1997, the General Assembly adopted the Programme for the Further Implementation of Agenda 21 (resolution S-19/2, annex).

At its fifty-seventh session, the General Assembly endorsed the Johannesburg Declaration on Sustainable Development and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation that had been adopted by the World Summit on Sustainable Development (Johannesburg, South Africa, 26 August to 4 September 2002); and called for the implementation of the commitments, programmes and time-bound targets adopted at the Summit (resolution 57/253).

The General Assembly continued its consideration of the question at its fifty-eighth session (resolution 58/218).

At its fifty-ninth session, the General Assembly stressed the importance of the success of the Commission on Sustainable Development at its thirteenth session in taking policy decisions on practical measures and options to expedite implementation in the thematic cluster of issues on water, sanitation and human settlements and in mobilizing further action by all implementation actors to overcome obstacles and constraints in the implementation of Agenda 21, the Programme for the Further Implementation of Agenda 21 and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation; and requested the Secretary-General to submit a report to the Assembly at its sixtieth session on the implementation of the resolution (resolution 29/227).

International Decade for Action, "Water for Life", 2005-2015

The General Assembly, at its fifty-eighth session, proclaimed the period from 2005 to 2015 the International Decade for Action, "Water for Life", to commence on World Water Day, 22 March 2005 (resolution 58/217).

At its fifty-ninth session, the General Assembly, emphasizing that water was critical for sustainable development, including environmental integrity and the eradication of poverty and hunger, and was indispensable for human health and well-being, invited the Secretary-General to take appropriate actions in organizing the activities of the International Decade for Action, "Water for Life", 2005-2015; and requested him to report to the Assembly at its sixtieth session on the implementation of the resolution, as well as on the activities planned by the Secretary-General and other relevant organizations of the United Nations system for the Decade (resolution 59/228).

(b)  Follow-up to and implementation of the Mauritius Strategy for the Further Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States

Date of consideration:  2 November 2005 & 3 November 2005 (AM)

Second Committee Report (59th session):  A/59/483/Add.2  [ F ]  [ S ]  [ A ]  [ C ]  [ R ]

Document:

A/60/401   [F]   [S]   [A]   [C]   [R]  

Report of the Secretary-General on a plan of action and proposed activities for the coordinated and coherent implementation of the Mauritius Strategy for the Further Implementation by the relevant United Nations bodies (Mandate: GA res. 59/311, para. 8)

Summary:  

At its forty-ninth session, in 1994, the General Assembly endorsed the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States, as adopted on 6 May 1994 at the first Global Conference on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States, held in Barbados from 25 April to 6 May 1994 (resolution 49/122).

At its nineteenth special session, in 1997, the General Assembly decided to convene a two-day special session in New York in September 1999 for a full and comprehensive review and appraisal of the implementation of the Programme of Action (resolution S-19/2, annex).

At its twenty-second special session, in 1999, the General Assembly adopted a resolution entitled "Declaration and state of progress and initiatives for the future implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States" (resolution S-22/2).

The General Assembly also considered the question at its fiftieth to fifty-seventh sessions (resolutions 50/116, 51/183, 52/202, 53/189, 54/224, 55/202, 56/198 and 57/261).

At its fifty-eighth session, the General Assembly decided that the International Meeting to Review the Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States would be convened from 30 August to 3 September 2004 and would focus on practical actions for the further implementation of the Programme of Action (resolution 58/213). At the same session, in June 2004, the Assembly decided to reschedule the International Meeting from 10 to 14 January 2005 (resolution 58/213 B).

At its fifty-ninth session, the General Assembly invited the International Meeting to consider fully the modalities for strengthening the Small Island Developing States Unit; and requested the Secretary-General to submit to the Assembly at its fifty-ninth session the report of the International Meeting (resolution 59/229).

At its resumed fifty-ninth session, in July 2005, the General Assembly decided to include in the provisional agenda of its sixtieth session under the item entitled "Sustainable development", a sub-item entitled "Follow-up to and implementation of the Mauritius Strategy for the Further Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States", replacing the sub-item entitled "Further implementation of the outcome of the Global Conference on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States and follow-up to the outcomes of the International Meeting to Review the Implementation of the Barbados Programme of Action" (resolution 59/311).

(c)  International Strategy for Disaster Reduction

Date of consideration:  2 November 2005 & 3 November 2005 (AM)

Second Committee Report (59th session):  A/59/483/Add.3  [ F ]  [ S ]  [ A ]  [ C ]  [ R ]

Document:

A/60/180   [F]   [S]   [A]   [C]   [R]  

Report of the Secretary-General on the implementation of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, in particular on the outcome of the World Conference on Disaster Reduction (Mandate: GA res. 59/231, para. 19 and res. 59/233, para. 8)

Summary:  

At its fifty-fourth session, the General Assembly requested the Secretary-General to report to it at its fifty-sixth session on the implementation of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (resolution 54/219). The Assembly continued its consideration of the question at the fifty-sixth to fifty-eighth sessions (resolutions 56/195, 57/256 and 58/214).

At its fifty-ninth session, the General Assembly welcomed the work of the ongoing preparatory process for the World Conference on Disaster Reduction, to be held in Kobe, Japan, from 18 to 22 January 2005; stressed the importance of close cooperation and coordination between the relevant institutions, in particular within the United Nations system and with other relevant international organizations, in both the preparation of and follow-up to the World Conference; recognized the importance of early warning as an essential element of disaster reduction and took note of further work done in that regard, including the establishment of the Platform for the Promotion of Early Warning in Bonn; called upon Governments to establish national platforms or focal points for disaster reduction and invited the Secretary-General to strengthen the regional outreach of the inter-agency secretariat for the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction; and requested the Secretary-General to submit a report to the Assembly at its sixtieth session on the implementation of the resolution, in particular on the outcome of the World Conference on Disaster Reduction (resolution 59/231).

Also at its fifty-ninth session, the General Assembly encouraged the Inter-Agency Task Force for Disaster Reduction to continue to enhance the coordination of activities and the availability of information on options for natural disaster reduction, including severe natural hazards and extreme weather-related disasters and vulnerabilities; and requested the Secretary-General to report to the Assembly at its sixtieth session on the implementation of the resolution in a separate section of his report on the implementation of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (resolution 59/233).

(d)  Protection of global climate for present and future generations of mankind

Date of consideration:  2 November 2005 & 3 November 2005 (AM)

Second Committee Report (59th session):  A/59/483/Add.4  [ F ]  [ S ]  [ A ]  [ C ]  [ R ]

Document:

A/60/171   [F]   [S]   [A]   [C]   [R]  

Note by the Secretary-General transmitting the reports submitted by the secretariats of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in Those Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, Particularly in Africa, and the Convention on Biological Diversity on the implementation of United Nations environmental conventions (Mandate: GA res. 59/234, para. 8)

Summary:  

The item entitled "Conservation of climate as part of the common heritage of mankind" was included in the agenda of the forty-third session of the General Assembly, in 1988, at the request of Malta (A/43/241).

The Assembly considered the question at its forty-third to forty-sixth sessions (resolutions 43/53, 44/207, 45/212 and 46/169).

At its forty-seventh session, the General Assembly welcomed the adoption, on 9 May 1992, of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (resolution 47/195).

At its forty-eighth to fifty-eighth sessions, the General Assembly continued its consideration of the question (resolutions 48/189, 49/120, 50/115, 51/184, 52/199, 54/222, 56/199, 57/257 and 58/243 and decisions 53/444 and 55/443).

At its fifty-ninth session, the General Assembly invited the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to report to the Assembly at its sixtieth session on the work of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention (resolution 59/234).

(e)  Sustainable development in mountain regions

Date of consideration:  2 November 2005 & 3 November 2005 (AM)

Document:

A/C.2/60/4   [F]   [S]   [A]   [C]   [R]  

Letter dated 25 October 2005 from the Permanent Representative of Peru addressed to the Secretary-General

 

A/60/309   [F]   [S]   [A]   [C]   [R]  

Report of the Secretary-General on the status of sustainable development in mountain regions, including an overall analysis of the challenges that lie ahead and appropriate policy recommendations (Mandate: GA res. 58/216, para. 17)

Summary:  

The General Assembly first considered this subject at its fifty-third session, in 1998, at which time it proclaimed 2002 as the International Year of Mountains (resolution 53/24).

At its fifty-fifth session, the General Assembly requested the Secretary-General to submit to it at its fifty-seventh session an interim report on the activities of the International Year of Mountains and to report to the Assembly at its fifty-eighth session on the outcome of the Year (resolution 55/189).

At its fifty-seventh session, the General Assembly decided to designate 11 December as International Mountain Day, as from 11 December 2003, and encouraged the international community to organize on that day events at all levels to highlight the importance of sustainable mountain development (resolution 57/245).

At its fifty-eighth session the General Assembly underlined the fact that there remained key challenges to implementing sustainable development and eradicating poverty in mountain regions; took note of the conclusions of the first global meeting of the members of the Mountain Partnership; invited the international community and other relevant partners to consider joining the Mountain Partnership; and requested the Secretary-General to report to the Assembly at its sixtieth session on the status of sustainable development in mountain regions, including an overall analysis of the challenges that lay ahead and appropriate policy recommendations (resolution 58/216).

(f)  Promotion of new and renewable sources of energy, including the implementation of the World Solar Programme 1996-2005

Date of consideration:  2 November 2005 & 3 November 2005 (AM)

Documents:

A/60/82   [F]   [S]   [A]   [C]   [R]  

Letter dated 31 May 2005 from the Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General

 

A/60/154   [F]   [S]   [A]   [C]   [R]  

Report of the Secretary-General on the promotion of new and renewable sources of energy, including the implementation of the World Solar Programme 1996-2005 (Mandate: GA res. 58/210, para. 13)

Summary:  

At its fifty-third session, in 1998, the General Assembly endorsed the World Solar Programme 1996-2005, adopted by the World Solar Summit, held in Harare in September 1996 (A/53/395, annex) (resolution 53/7). The Assembly continued its consideration of the question at its fifty-fourth to fifty-sixth sessions (resolutions 54/215, 55/205 and 56/200).

At its fifty-eighth session, the General Assembly emphasized the need to intensify research and development in support of energy for sustainable development and stressed that the wider use of available renewable sources of energy required technology transfer and diffusion on a global scale, including through North-South and South-South cooperation; encouraged national and regional initiatives on renewable energies to promote access to energy for the poorest; and requested the Secretary-General to submit to the Assembly at its sixtieth session a report on the implementation of the resolution (resolution 58/210).

(g)  Implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in Those Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, Particularly in Africa

Date of consideration:  2 November 2005 & 3 November 2005 (AM)

Second Committee Report (59th session):  A/59/483/Add.5  [ F ]  [ S ]  [ A ]  [ C ]  [ R ]

Documents:

A/60/169   [F]   [S]   [A]   [C]   [R]  

Report of the Secretary-General on the status of preparations for the International Year of Deserts and Desertification, 2006 (Mandate: GA res. 58/211, para. 6)

 

A/60/171   [F]   [S]   [A]   [C]   [R]  

Note by the Secretary-General transmitting the reports submitted by the secretariats of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in Those Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, Particularly in Africa, and the Convention on Biological Diversity on the implementation of United Nations environmental conventions (Mandate: GA res. 59/235, para. 15)

Summary:  

The General Assembly first considered the sub-item at its forty-seventh session, in 1992, after the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June 1992 (resolution 47/188). The Convention was adopted on 17 June 1994 and entered into force on 26 December 1996.

At its fifty-first to fifty-eighth sessions, the General Assembly continued its consideration of the question (resolutions 51/180, 52/198, 53/191, 54/223, 55/204, 56/196, 57/259 and 58/242).

At its fifty-eighth session, the General Assembly declared 2006 the International Year of Deserts and Desertification; encouraged countries to undertake special initiatives in observance of the Year; and requested the Secretary-General to report to it at its sixtieth session on the status of preparations for the Year (resolution 58/211).

At its fifty-ninth session, the General Assembly invited the Secretary-General to give due consideration to the role and place of the Convention in ongoing work in the context of the preparations for the High-level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly in 2005, including the report of the Millennium Project; called upon Governments, where appropriate, to integrate desertification into their plans and strategies for sustainable development; and requested the Secretary-General to report to the Assembly at its sixtieth session on the implementation of the resolution (resolution 59/235).

(h)  Convention on Biological Diversity

Date of consideration:  2 November 2005 & 3 November 2005 (AM)

Second Committee Report (59th session):  A/59/483/Add.6  [ F ]  [ S ]  [ A ]  [ C ]  [ R ]

Document:

A/60/171   [F]   [S]   [A]   [C]   [R]  

Note by the Secretary-General transmitting the reports submitted by the secretariats of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in Those Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, Particularly in Africa, and the Convention on Biological Diversity on the implementation of United Nations environmental conventions (Mandate: GA res. 59/236, para. 12)

Summary:  

The Convention on Biological Diversity was opened for signature at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, held in June 1992, and entered into force on 29 December 1993.

The General Assembly considered this question at its forty-ninth to fifty-eighth sessions (resolutions 49/117, 50/111, 51/182, 52/201, 53/190, 54/221, 55/201, 56/197, 57/260 and 58/212).

At its fifty-ninth session, the General Assembly invited the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity to continue reporting to it on the ongoing work regarding the Convention, including its Cartagena Protocol (resolution 59/236).

(i)  Rendering assistance to poor mountain countries to overcome obstacles in socio-economic and ecological areas

Date of consideration:  2 November 2005 & 3 November 2005 (AM)

Second Committee Report (59th session):  A/59/483/Add.8  [ F ]  [ S ]  [ A ]  [ C ]  [ R ]

Summary:  

This sub-item was included as an additional sub-item in the agenda of the fifty-ninth session of the General Assembly, in 2004, under the item entitled "Groups of countries in special situations", at the request of Afghanistan, Costa Rica, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Nepal (A/59/238).

At the same session, the General Assembly decided to consider the sub-item at its sixtieth session (resolution 59/238).

No advance documentation is expected.

 

 

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