Control and limitation of documentation

789. Control and limitation of documentation

The General Assembly, Recalling its resolution 593 (VI) of 4 February 1952 on the control and limitation of documentation, Noting the observations and suggestions of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions in its first report [1] to the eighth session of the General Assembly, and the action taken by the Secretary-General, inter alia, by his instruction [2] of 20 August 1953, to ensure a more effective control of documentation, Noting further the steps initiated by the Economic and Social Council, in its resolution 497 D (XVI) of 29 July 1953, to reduce the number and volume of certain categories of documents required by it, Considering that this reduction can be carried out in full only with the co-operation of Member States, Expressing the wish that Member States should cooperate in giving effect to the present resolution,

1. Invites the Economic and Social Council to pursue and intensify its efforts to reduce further the documentation required by it, and also by its functional and regional commissions;

2. Invites all organs of the United Nations likewise to scrutinize their existing documentation and effect such reduction therein as may be feasible, and to cooperate with the Secretary-General in his efforts to reduce the volume and at the same time to improve the quality of the documentation of the United Nations.

471st plenary meeting,
9 December 1953.

[1] See Official Records of the General Assembly, Eighth Session, Supplement No. 7. [2] See document ST/AFS/Al/99.

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