37 (XXXVII). Measures to improve the situation and ensure the human rights and dignity of all migrant workers82The Commission on Human Rights, Convinced of the need to establish international co-operation by resolving international problems of an economic, social, intellectual or humanitarian nature by developing and encouraging respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms for all, without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion, Recalling the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination and the International Covenants on Human Rights, Stressing the importance of the contribution made by migrant workers to the development of the host countries, Concerned however, by the fact that the situation of migrant workers is becoming more serious in certain regions, owing to current political and economic circumstances and for social and cultural reasons, Conscious of the need for further efforts to ensure the protection of the rights and the improvement of the living conditions of all migrant workers and their families, Bearing in mind that the family is the natural and fundamental unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State and that, in that context, the families of migrant workers are also entitled to appropriate protection, Recalling resolution 34/172 of 17 December 1979, in which the General Assembly decided to create, at its thirty-fifth session, a working group open to all Member States to elaborate an international convention on the protection of the rights of all migrant workers and their families, Further recalling resolution 35/198 of 15 December 1980, in which the General Assembly noted with satisfaction that the working group had been able to commence its work during the thirty-fifth session in accordance with its terms of reference, Noting with satisfaction that the General Assembly decided that this working group would hold an intersessional meeting of two weeks' duration in New York in May 1981, immediately after the first regular session of the Economic and Social Council, to enable it to continue its work in order to discharge its mandate to the best of its ability,
1. Welcomes the fact that the working group has begun its work with a view to the elaboration of an international convention on the protection of the rights of all migrant workers and their families, thus making substantial progress in the quest for the protection of the human rights of this population group;
2. Expresses the hope that the General Assembly will complete the elaboration of this convention at its thirty-sixth session;
3. Decides to give careful consideration to the progress achieved in that regard at its thirty-eighth session under the item entitled "Measures to improve the situation and ensure the human rights and dignity of all migrant workers".
82 Adopted at the 1640th meeting, on 12 March 1981, by 34 votes to none, with 6 abstentions. See chap. XIII.
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