38th Plenary Meeting of General Assembly: 51st Session - Part 1

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17-Oct-1996 01:33:03
General Assembly appropriates $46 million for Western Sahara, Liberia concludes review of 1990 World Summit for Children, 1995 World Social Summit at 38th plenary of the 51st session.

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The General Assembly this morning appropriated approximately $46 million gross for the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) and the United Nations Observer Mission in Liberia (UNOMIL) for the period 1 July 1996 to 30 June 1997.

Subject to the Security Council's extension of the MINURSO and UNOMIL mandates beyond 30 November, the Assembly, by adopting two of the three peace- keeping texts recommended by its Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary):

-- Appropriated and apportioned some $13.3 million gross ($12.6 million net) for MINURSO for 1 July to 30 November and $18.6 million gross ($17.6 million net) for 1 December 1996 to 30 June 1997; and

-- Appropriated a rounded $14 million gross ($13.2 million net), or about $1.2 million gross ($1.1 million net) monthly, for UNOMIL for the period 1 July 1996 to 30 June 1997. About $8.2 million gross ($7.7 million net) for 1 December 1996 to 30 June 1997 was apportioned at about $1.2 million gross ($1.1 million net) monthly, should the Mission be extended; the other $5.8 million gross ($5.5 million net), for 1 July to 30 November 1996, could be appropriated after the Assembly reviews the Mission's performance report for the period 1 July 1995 to 30 June 1996.

By terms of the third text, the Assembly determined how to dispose of an unencumbered balance of about $2 million gross ($1.7 million net) for the period 16 May 1995 to 12 January 1996 in the account of the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG). By its action, it would apply the balance to the future apportionments of Member States that had paid their dues and reduce the arrears of those that had not done so.

Also this morning, the Assembly concluded its mid-decade review of progress to implement the goals of the 1990 World Summit for Children, as well as its review of the follow-up to the 1995 World Summit for Social Development.

During its consideration of the Children's Summit, several speakers, while reviewing a wide range of national programmes established to improve child health, education and legal protection, said some factors continued to bar progress. For example, the representative of Colombia said the burdens of poverty and debt impeded developing countries' ability to improve the lot of their children. The representative of Syria added that children living under occupation or in the midst of massacres, such as children living in the occupied Arab territories, could not reap the benefits of development. Sudan's representative said conflict in the South of his country hindered national efforts to eradicate guinea worm.

Statements on the World Summit for Children were also made by the representatives of Bangladesh, Costa Rica and Uganda.

Poverty was also a main obstacle to social development, many speakers told the Assembly during its review of the World Social Summit. The representative of Jamaica said the urgency of the need to mobilize resources to support poverty eradication and social development programmes could not be underestimated. The representative of Iran said it was clearly the responsibility of the international community, notably the developed countries, to generate external resources for poverty eradication. However, he said that apart from United Nations actions, international cooperation had been of little substance. Praising United Nations efforts, the representative of Pakistan said the World Bank's decision to invest in poverty elimination projects would produce quick and tangible results.

Statements on the Social Summit were also made by the representatives of Ghana, Argentina, El Salvador, Guyana, Syria, Kuwait, Poland, Malaysia and Venezuela.

For further details please see official record:
A/51/PV.38

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