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At its fifty-fourth session,171 the General Assembly requested the Commission on Narcotic
Drugs, with the support of the United Nations International Drug Control Programme, to
continue its work expeditiously, within the established time-frames, on the elaboration of
guidelines to facilitate biennial reporting by Governments on the implementation of the
Global Programme of Action and on progress achieved in meeting the goals and targets
for 2003 and 2008, as set out in the Political Declaration adopted at the twentieth special session of the General Assembly, and to encourage the efficient collection of reliable data, an increase in the number of Governments that report updated information on a regular basis and an improvement in the quality of their responses, as well as the avoidance of duplication of activities; called upon States in which cultivation of illicit drug crops occurred to establish or reinforce national mechanisms to monitor and verify illicit cultivation; requested the Executive Director of the United Nations International Drug Control Programme to report to the Commission on Narcotic Drugs at its forty-third session, in March 2000, on the follow-up to the Action Plan on International Cooperation on the Eradication of Illicit Drug Crops and on Alternative Development; adopted the Action Plan for the Implementation of the Declaration on the Guiding Principles of Drug Demand Reduction; and requested the Executive Director to report to the Commission at its forty-third session on the follow-up to the Action Plan (resolution 54/132).
At its forty-second regular session, in March 1999, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs considered the request of the General Assembly concerning the elaboration of guidelines for reporting on the follow-up to the special session, initiated by Assembly resolution 53/115. The inter-sessional working group, established by the Commission pursuant to its resolution 42/4, presented guidelines for the consideration of the Commission at its reconvened forty-second session, in December 1999. Pursuant to the recommendations of the inter-sessional working group, the Commission adopted resolution 42/11, entitled “Guidelines for reporting on the follow-up to the twentieth special session of the General Assembly”, in which the Commission, stressing the need to facilitate its analysis of biennial reports through the adoption of a concise, simple and streamlined method of reporting that would
inform the Commission on the action of the Programme and the United Nations system in assisting Member States to meet the objectives and target dates set out in the Political Declaration adopted at the twentieth special session and to meet the mandates addressed to the Programme and the United Nations system. It decided to evaluate the biennial report of the Executive Director and to present recommendations on national, regional and international action and cooperation. The Commission decided to submit a report to the Assembly in 2003 and 2008 on the progress achieved in meeting the goals and targets set out in the Political Declaration. The Executive Director has transmitted the questionnaire to Governments.
Document: Report of the Secretary-General on the implementation of the outcome of the twentieth special session, including the Action Plan for the Implementation of the Declaration on the Guiding Principles of Drug Demand Reduction (resolution 54/132), A/55/126.
109. Advancement of women
Elimination of all forms of discrimination against women At its thirty-fourth session in 1979, the General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (resolution 34/180). The Convention entered into force on 3 September 1981. As at 15 April 2000, 165 States had ratified or acceded to the Convention, 21 States parties to the Convention had ratified or acceded to the amendment of article 20, paragraph 1, of the Convention, and 35 had signed the Optional Protocol to the Convention.
In accordance with article 17 of the Convention, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women consists of 23 experts. Members of the Committee are elected for a term of four years and are eligible for re-election.
In accordance with article 21 of the Convention, the Committee shall, through the Economic and Social Council, report annually to the General Assembly on its activities and may make suggestions and general recommendations based on the examination of reports and information received from the States parties.
The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women held its twenty-second and twenty-third sessions in New York, from 17 January to 4 February and from 12 to 30 June 2000 respectively.
The General Assembly considered the question at its thirty-fifth to forty-fifth, forty-seventh and forty-ninth to fifty-third sessions (resolutions 35/140, 36/131, 37/64, 38/109, 39/130, 40/39, 41/108, 42/60, 43/100, 44/73, 45/124, 47/94, 49/164, 50/202, 51/68 and 53/118).
Status of women in the Secretariat The General Assembly considers this question every year, on the basis of a report by the Secretary-General, in the context of the work of its Third Committee. In even-numbered years only, the issue is also considered in the Fifth Committee.
At its fifty-fourth session,172 the General Assembly reaffirmed the urgent goal of achieving 50/50 gender distribution in all categories of posts within the United Nations system;
regretted that the goal would not be met by 2000; called upon the Secretary-General to implement fully and to monitor the strategic plan of action for the improvement of the status of women in the Secretariat (1995-2000); requested him to ensure that individual managers were held accountable for implementing the strategic plan within their areas of responsibility; also requested the Secretary-General to continue to create a gender-sensitive work environment; strongly encouraged Member States to support the efforts of the United Nations and the specialized agencies to achieve the goal of 50/50 gender distribution by identifying and regularly submitting more women candidates; and requested him to report on the implementation of the resolution, including by providing statistics on the number and percentage of women in all organizational units and at all levels throughout the United Nations system and on the implementation of departmental action plans, to the Assembly at its fifty-fifth session (resolution 54/139).
Document: Report of the Secretary-General (resolution 54/139).
Traffic in women and girls The General Assembly first considered this question at its forty-ninth session, in 1994 (resolution 49/166), and subsequently at its fiftieth to fifty-second sessions (resolutions 50/167, 51/66 and 52/98).
At its fifty-third session,173 the General Assembly urged Governments to continue their efforts to implement the provisions on trafficking in women and girls contained in the Beijing Platform for Action and the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action;
encouraged Member States to conclude bilateral, subregional, regional and international cooperation agreements to address the problem; called upon all Governments to criminalize trafficking in women and girls in all its forms; urged Governments to support and allocate resources for programmes to strengthen preventive action; encouraged Governments to develop systematic data-collection methods; invited various United Nations bodies to address this question; and requested the Secretary-General to compile, as reference and guidance, successful interventions and strategies in addressing the problem and to report to the Assembly at its fifty-fifth session on the implementation of the resolution (resolution 53/116).
Document: Report of the Secretary-General (resolution 53/116).
International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women Pursuant to General Assembly resolutions 45/175 and 46/140, the Assembly considers this question in the Third Committee biennially in odd-numbered years. It considered this question at its forty-sixth, forty-eighth, forty-ninth, fiftieth and fifty-second sessions (resolutions 46/99, 48/105, 49/163, 50/163 and 52/95).
At its fifty-fourth session,172 the General Assembly took note of Economic and Social Council resolution 1999/54 and endorsed the decision of Member States to engage in the revitalization of the Institute; took note with appreciation of the proposal for a new working method of the Institute through the establishment of an electronic Gender Awareness Information and Networking System (GAINS) and expressed its satisfaction with the establishment of a new staffing structure for the Institute; requested the Director of the Institute to ensure the preparation of a feasibility study of GAINS, including the work plan and budget for 2000-2001; and requested the Secretary-General to correct the administrative anomalies noted in the report of the Joint Inspection Unit, to continue to provide support to the Institute and to report to the Assembly at its fifty-fifth session on the implementation of the resolution (resolution 54/140).
Document: Report of the Secretary-General (resolution 54/140).
United Nations Development Fund for Women At its thirty-ninth session, in 1984, the General Assembly decided that the activities of the Voluntary Fund for the United Nations Decade for Women, established at its thirtieth session (A/10034), should be continued through the establishment of a separate and
References for the fifty-third session (agenda item 103):
(a) Report of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women on its eighteenth and nineteenth sessions: Supplement No. 38 (A/53/38/Rev.1);
(b) Report of the Secretary-General: A/53/409;
(c) Report of the Third Committee: A/53/618;
(d) Resolutions 53/116 to 53/119;
(e) Meetings of the Third Committee: A/C.3/53/SR.12-17, 22 and 29;
(f) Plenary meeting: A/53/PV.85.
identifiable entity in autonomous association with the United Nations Development Programme (resolution 39/125).
The work of the Fund was subsequently discussed by the General Assembly at its fortieth to forty-sixth, forty-eighth, fiftieth and fifty-second sessions (resolutions 40/104, 42/63, 43/102, 44/74, 45/128, 46/97, 48/107, 50/166 and 52/94 and decision 41/426).
At its fifty-fourth session,172 the General Assembly commended the Fund for its leadership role in convening the United Nations inter-agency campaign and videoconference to end violence against women; recognized the progress achieved by the Fund in increasing its Trust Fund in Support of Action to Eliminate Violence against Women; requested the Fund to continue its activities regarding women in situations of armed conflict and to continue its efforts to mainstream a gender perspective in United Nations operational activities;
commended the Fund and its collaborating partners for developing innovative mechanisms to expand the gender expertise available to United Nations resident coordinators (resolution 54/136).
Document: Note by the Secretary-General transmitting the report on the activities of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (resolution 39/125).
This item was included in the agenda of the fiftieth session of the General Assembly in
1995. At that session, the Assembly endorsed the Beijing Declaration and the Platform for Action as adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women on 15 September 1995 (resolution 50/42). The Assembly also considered the item at its fifty-first to fifty-third sessions (resolutions 50/203, 51/69, 52/100, 52/231 and 53/120).
At its fifty-fourth session,174 the General Assembly welcomed the initiatives and actions taken by Governments, the United Nations system and civil society towards the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and the Platform for Action; commended the work of the Commission on the Status of Women acting as the preparatory committee for the special session; welcomed the replies from Governments to the questionnaire on the implementation of the Platform for Action; reaffirmed that the implementation of the Platform for Action would require adequate mobilization of resources; and requested the Secretary-General to submit to the Assembly at its fifty-fifth session a report on its special
session entitled “Women 2000: gender, equality, development and peace for the twenty-first century” (resolution 54/141).
(a) Report of the Secretary-General (resolution 54/141);
(b) Note by the Secretary-General transmitting the report of the special session of the General Assembly entitled “Women 2000: gender equality, development and peace for the twenty-first century” (resolution 54/141).
111. Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, questions relating to refugees, returnees and displaced persons and humanitarian questions New international humanitarian order At its fifty-third session,175 the General Assembly expressed its appreciation to the Secretary-General for his continuing support for the efforts to promote a new international humanitarian order; called upon Governments and other actors to promote national and international legislation responsive to actual and potential humanitarian problems; invited Governments to make available to the Secretary-General information and expertise on humanitarian problems of special concern to them in order to identify opportunities for future action; and requested the Secretary-General to remain in contact with Governments and non-governmental organizations concerned and report to the Assembly at its fifty-fifth session (resolution 53/124).
Document: Report of the Secretary-General (resolution 53/124).
Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees At its fifth session, in 1950, the General Assembly adopted the statute of the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (resolution 428 (V), annex). In accordance with paragraph 1 of the statute, the High Commissioner reports annually to the Assembly through the Economic and Social Council.
References for the fifty-third session (agenda item 105):