Decentralization of the United Nations economic and social activities and strengthening of the regional economic commissions

XV. RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED ON THE REPORTS OF THE SECOND COMMITTEE
1518. Decentralization of the United Nations economic and social activities and strengthening of the regional economic commissions

The General Assembly, Expressing its satisfaction that the Economic and Social Council recognized the value of regional cooperation in the establishment of the United Nations system of regional economic commissions to which the Economic Commission for Africa was added in 1958, Welcoming Economic and Social Council resolution 795 (XXX) of 3 August 1960 on co-ordination in the field, and being aware of the continuing need for regional co-ordination which requires liaison and co-operation between the representatives of the Technical Assistance Board and the specialized agencies and the executive secretaries of the regional economic commissions, Recognizing that the regional economic commissions are not limited under their terms of reference to studies and deliberations and are actually performing various operational functions through their secretariats, Reaffirming its resolution 1158 (XII) of 26 November 1957 on the activities of the regional economic commissions, Bearing in mind particularly resolutions 11 (II) of 5 February 1960 on multilateral economic and financial assistance to Africa and 19 (II) of 4 February 1960 on concerted action adopted by the Economic Commission for Africa, resolution 31 (XVI) of 18 March 1960 on regional economic co-operation for development of trade and industries adopted by the Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East, resolutions 153 (VIII) of 22 May 1959 on the joint ECLA/TAO economic development training programme, 155 (VIII) of 22 May 1959 on economic development advisory groups, 172 (AC.45) of 28 March 1960 on the Latin American common market and 173 (AC.45) of 28 March 1960 on Central American economic integration adopted by the Economic Commission for Latin America, and resolution 4 (XV) of 5 May 1960 on assistance to the less developed countries adopted by the Economic Commission for Europe,

1. Notes with satisfaction the conclusion of the Committee on Programme Appraisal of the Economic and Social Council,[1] as mentioned in Council resolution 793 (XXX) of 3 August 1960, that the regional economic commissions are playing an increasingly important role in the preparation and carrying out of programmes and activities in the economic and social fields, both as focal centres for the promotion of economic and social development and as meeting grounds for experts who contribute to this development in their respective countries in the several regions;

2. Invites all States Members of the United Nations to advance further their active support of the United Nations regional economic commissions and all States members of the respective commissions to take further advantage of the facilities and services which could be made available by or through their secretariats;

3. Urges the regional economic commissions, with due regard to the relevant resolutions of the Economic and Social Council, to strengthen co-operation among themselves and among their executive secretaries, including the exchange of the results of work and experiences gained on problems of common interest;

4. Requests the Secretary-General to make every effort to strengthen the secretariats of the regional economic commissions and in particular to promote and assist, in continuing co-operation with the independent African States, the effective functioning of the secretariat of the Economic Commission for Africa;

5. Requests the Secretary-General to consult the regional economic commissions at their next annual sessions and the specialized agencies, and to report to the Economic and Social Council at its thirty-second session and to the General Assembly at its sixteenth session on the steps taken in implementation of Council resolution 793 (XXX) regarding the decentralization of activities and operations and the increased utilization of the services of the regional economic commissions.

948th plenary meeting,
15 December 1960.


[1] Five-year Perspective, 1960-1964. Consolidated report on the appraisals of the scope, trend and costs of the programmes of the United Nations, ILO, FAO, UNESCO, WHO, WMO aid IAEA in the economic, social and human rights fields (United Nations publication, Sales No.: 60.IV.14), para. 318.
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