Standard form for the guidance of Members in the preparation of information to be transmitted under Article 73 e of the Charter

142. Standard form for the guidance of Members in the preparation of information to be transmitted under Article 73 e of the Charter

The General Assembly

1. Recommends that the Members transmitting information under Article 73 e of the Charter be invited to undertake all necessary steps to render the information as complete and up to date as possible, in order to facilitate the completion of a the Secretary-General's summaries and analyses of the information as described in paragraph 2, and, for this purpose, to ensure that the items mentioned in sections II, III and IV of the standard form be covered in so far as they apply to the territories concerned. The Assembly also draws attention to section I of the standard form;

2. Recommends that the Secretary-General, in submitting annually to the General Assembly his summary and analysis of the information required under Article 73 e, including the use of supplemental information as recommended in the resolution 143 (II), should in his analyses follow, as far as practicable, the standard form annexed to this resolution, and should include summaries of such information as may be transmitted on the participation by local populations in local organs of government.

Hundred and eighth plenary meeting,
3 November 1947.


Standard Form for the guidance of Members in the preparation of information to be transmitted under Article 73 e of the Charter

I. GENERAL INFORMATION (optional category)

A. Geography

1. Location.

2. Area and population-with density figures and principal centres of population.

3. Topography.

4. Climate.

B. History

C. People

1. Summary statement of national and ethnic composition of population (with breakdown by age and sex), population trends, any other ethnic data (historical or otherwise) of particular interest.

2. Cultural heritage (religion, languages, social customs, etc.)

D. Government

1. Status of Territory.

2. Constitution, legislative act or executive order providing for government.

3. Nationality status of inhabitants.

4. Relation of Territory to the government of the metropolitan country.

5. Brief statement of structure and powers of territorial government including reference to participation of local inhabitants:

(a) Basic structure of government, including local government, and organization of principal government departments;

(b) Composition and role of legislative or advisory bodies;

(c) Judiciary (structure, composition, etc.), description of penal administration;[1]

(d) The elective system: Elective offices, elections held, qualifications of voters.

(e) Extent of participation of indigenous and non-indigenous inhabitants in the administrative and judicial services of government and in legislative and advisory bodies.

6. Any significant recent events or projected developments with respect to the above matters.

E. Human rights

Civil rights protected by law.


A. Social problems of race and cultural relations, including laws safeguarding the indigenous population from discrimination.

B. Labour and employment conditions

1. Labour policy, objectives and special problems.

2. Principal categories of wage-earners, average rates of wages and hours of work.

3. Occupational organization:

(a) Legal status of employers' and workers' organizations;

(b) Principal employers' and workers' organizations with size, nature of membership and system of organization of each.

4. Methods of regulating employer-employee relations and of settling industrial disputes; data regarding labour disputes during the year.

5. Brief statement of principal laws and regulations in force in the Territory for the protection of workers; brief description of measures and institutions for the administration and enforcement of such laws and regulations.

6. Any available information on the situation as regards employment and the labour supply; prevalent forms of seasonal employment.

7. Migratory labour:

(a) If migratory labourers enter the Territory in appreciable numbers, indicate: volume of such labour, source or origin, method of recruitment, provision for transport, distribution according to types of economic enterprise, and protection afforded to migrants with respect to length of contract, wages, remittances to dependents, hours of work, housing and social services;

(b) If workers leave the Territory in appreciable numbers for employment outside its boundaries, indicate: volume of such labour, territories of destination, and standards set by the territorial government of origin for the protection of this labour; problems to which the emigration of such workers give rise in their districts of origin;

(c) Similar information required, mutatis mutandis, in respect of any considerable migratory movement of workers from one part of the Territory to another.

C. Public health and sanitation

1. Brief statement of health problems and policies and the measures which are being taken to implement such policies.

2. Description of health organization of the Territory, including such items:

(a) The public health department, its administration and functions;

(b) Water supply system; and

(c) Sewage disposal system.

3. Expenditures for public health:

(a) The territorial budget for public health, exclusive of grants-in-aid from the metropolitan government;

(b) Grants-in-aid from the metropolitan government to the territorial government.

4. Medical facilities, including:

(a) Number of hospitals and hospital beds (private, public, etc.);

(b) Number of medical doctors, dentists, nurses, midwives and medical and veterinary practitioners.

5. Facilities for training doctors, dentists, nurses, midwives, medical practitioners and other medical personnel.

6. Vital statistics, morbidity and mortality data:

(a) Annual number of deaths from all causes and the corresponding death-rate per 1,000 population;

(b) Annual number of births and birth-rate per 1,000 population;

(c) Annual number of deaths under one year of age and infant mortality rate per 1,000 live births;

(d) Diseases causing high morbidity (annual number of cases for each disease) ;

(e) Diseases causing high mortality (annual number of deaths from each principal cause; and death-rate per 100,000 population).

7. State of nutrition of the population.

8. Special current problems and methods for handling them, including data on health education of the public.

D. Housing conditions and programmes

E. Welfare and relief

1. Social insurance and assistance programmes: summary information on coverage and administrative organization and statistics on beneficiaries and expenditures.

2. Other social welfare programmes including social services for people in their own homes; programmes for protection and care of children, the aged, the handicapped; summary information on administrative organization and statistics on expenditures.

F. Crime statistics

G. Description of penal administration[2]

H. Information on development programmes


A. Educational policy, objectives, and special problems

B. Organization of educational administration, including information on the degree of participation of the inhabitants, amount and breakdown by headings of education budget, amount of aid from metropolitan government, and the role of missionary and philanthropic organizations.

C. School buildings and other facilities

D. Curriculum and language or languages of instruction including the place of indigenous culture in the curriculum

E. Opportunities for higher education in the Territory and in the metropolitan country and abroad

F. Adult education

G. Vocational training and apprenticeship

H. Summary of educational statistics

Literacy; school enrollment in proportion to population of school age; number of children enrolled respectively in primary and secondary schools and institutions of higher learning; number of teachers (local and non-local) ; qualifications of teachers and provision for training; pupil-teacher ratio; and per capita expenditure on education.

I. Development of cultural institutions, including the use of such cultural institutions as the Press, cinema, radio, museums, etc.

J. Specification of other information desirable:

(a) Types of schools, from kindergarten upwards;

(b) Text books, school libraries, canteens and hygiene;

(c) Youth organizations;

(d) Physical education;

(e) School certificates;

(f) School inspection;

(g) Music and art in the schools;

(h) Education of abnormals;

(i) Scientific resources and research in the Territory;

(j) Protection and development of indigenous art, literature and folk-lore in the Territory.

K. Information on development programmes


A. Natural resources

Brief statement of principal natural resources, developed and undeveloped (agricultural, forestry, mineral, power, etc.) indicating the relative importance of these various branches of economic activity.

B. Agriculture

1. Description of the agricultural administrative organization, including forestries, fisheries and animal husbandry, including such items as budgets, size of staff, functions.

2. Land utilization: the relative importance of arable land, pastures, meadows, forest, etc.

3. Crop production:

(a) Areas in principal crops;

(b) Production in principal crops;

(c) Prices in the Territories concerned.

4. Livestock:

(a) Numbers;

(b) Production of principal livestock products (meat, dairy products, etc.)

5. Forestry: brief statement of types of forests, areas exploited, reserves, and production.

6. Fisheries: brief statement on fisheries resources and production.

7. Conservation practices and policies in respect to soil, forestries, and fisheries.

8. Study of agricultural techniques including:

(a) Types of soil;

(b) Water supply;

(c) Irrigation and drainage systems;

(d) Use of agricultural machinery;

(e) Application of organic and inorganic fertilizers;

(f) Animal and plant breeding and selection;

(g) Control of plant and animal pests and diseases.

9. Agricultural education and research:

(a) Types and numbers of agricultural schools;

(b) Experiment and demonstration stations;

(c) Organization of agricultural advisory services.

10. Land tenure:

(a) Laws, regulations and policies affecting land tenure;

(b) Types of tenure;

(c) Statements of area and type of land held by: indigenous inhabitants (individual or communal), the government, non-indigenous inhabitants, (by country of origin).

11. Agricultural credit, organization and facilities, including types of credit (public, private or co-operative).

12. Agricultural marketing, organization and facilities.

13. Agricultural development programmes and policies:

(a) Progress during the year of development programmes already in operation;

(b) Proposed plan for economic development, public and private;

(c) Method of financing development programmes.

C. Industry

1. Mining:

(a) Administrative organization of the department of mines, including the department of geology, staff, budget;

(b) Mining organization; regulations relating to prospecting licenses and to concessions;

(c) Production; mineral and Petroleum products.

2. Power production (hydro-electric and other generating stations).

3. Refineries and manufactures:

(a) Food (sugar, distilleries, rice, oil, canning factories);

(b) Iron works (casting, steel, aluminum, etc.);

(c) Chemical factories;

(d) Textile factories;

(e) Manufactures and various other industries.

4. Handicrafts:

(a) Type of chief handicrafts, village industries;

(b) State Aid (grants, etc.); Credit Societies.

5. Development plans for mineral and industrial production; details of plans and their financing; annual progress of plans in process of execution.

D. Standard of living

1. Territorial income figures and, if possible, per capita income and statement of distribution of income.

2. Table of retail prices of principal items of consumption.

E. Communications and transport

Summary statement of existing facilities in the following categories: posts, telephone, telegraph and cable, radio, roads, bridle paths and tracks; railroads, air transport, civil air fields, meteorological services, in land waterways, ports and shipping.

F. Public finance

1. Type of currency.

2. Government expenditures and revenues by category.

3. Taxation (including tax rates for individuals and corporations.

4. Public debt.

G. Banking and credit

Brief statement of banking and credit facilities available in the Territory and the bank rates.

H. International trade

1. Imports and exports by quantity and value.

2. Direction of trade.

3. Customs regulations and tariff structure.

4. Import and export restrictions.

5. Commercial agreements entered into during the year.

I. Development programmes

1. Progress, during the year, of development programmes already in operation.

2. Proposed plans for economic development.

3. Method of financing development programmes.

V. PICTORIAL MATERIAL (if available)


1. In cases where, under the provisions of any general convention on any economic, social or educational subject, information is transmitted to a central international agency by Member States parties to such convention, the transmission of a ,copy of such information to the Secretary-General of the United Nations would be considered as applicable in discharge of the obligation under Article 73 e in respect of that subject. It is also to be hoped that international bodies requiring information on Non-Self-Governing Territories, including those to which reports are made under international conventions, will co-operate as may be necessary and desired in order that their informational needs may be satisfied through the information, including supplemental data, supplied under Article 73 e to the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

2. Wherever relevant information exists in published form, there would be no need for the Government to reproduce that information; a chapter and page reference to the publication in question (with communication of the publication itself, where necessary) would suffice.

3. Information already furnished on a previous occasion need not be repeated.

4. Whenever possible, statistics should be classified under indigenous and non-indigenous.

5. Whenever possible information should be so classified as to show the manner in which the different elements of the population, indigenous and non-indigenous, are affected, and, in particular, whether, in law or administrative practice, there is any discrimination based on race, colour or religion.

[1] This question is also dealt with under section II, G. [2] This question is also dealt with under section I, D5(c).

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