Implementation in the Sudano-Sahelian region of the Plan of Action to Combat Desertification.

  • Author: UN General Assembly (34th sess. : 1979-1980)
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    18 December 1979

34. RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED ON THE REPORTS OF THE SECOND COMMITTEE
187. Implementation in the Sudano-Sahelian region of the Plan of Action to Combat Desertification

The General Assembly, Recalling its resolutions 32/170 of 10 December 1977, 32/172 of 19 December 1977 and 33/88 of 15 December 1978, and section 11 of Economic and Social Council resolution 1978/37 of 21 July 1978, Noting decision 7/13 B of 3 May 1979 of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme[1] and decision 79/20 of 28 June 1979 of the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme,[2] Reiterating its concern at the particular seriousness of desertification in the Sudano-Sahelian region and the persistent critical situations resulting from it, which hamper the economic and social development of the region and have particularly adverse effects on the way of life of the population,

1. Takes note with satisfaction of the report of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme on the implementation in the Sudano-Sahelian region of the Plan of Action to Combat Desertification[3] and the report of the Secretary-General on measures taken for the benefit of the Sudano-Sahelian region;[4]

2. Commends the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme and the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme for the dispatch and effective, co-ordinated manner with which they established the joint venture called for in General Assembly resolution 33/88;

3. Notes with satisfaction the progress made by the United Nations Sudano-Sahelian Office in assisting the Governments of the region, on behalf of the United Nations Environment Programme, in implementing the Plan of Action to Combat Desertification;

4. Requests the United Nations Environment Programme and the United Nations Development Programme to continue to provide support to the joint venture with a view to helping ensure that the United Nations Sudano-Sahelian Office continues to carry out its additional responsibilities at a level commensurate with the pressing needs of the region;

5. Invites the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme to examine at its eighth session the possibility of including Djibouti, Guinea and Guinea-Bissau in the list of countries which receive assistance through the United Nations Sudano-Sahelian Office in implementing in the Sudano-Sahelian region the Plan of Action to Combat Desertification and to report to the General Assembly at its thirty-fifth session on this matter;

6. Urges all Governments, organizations of the United Nations system, other intergovernmental bodies, private organizations and individuals to respond favourably, bilaterally or through the United Nations Sudano-Sahelian Office, the Consultative Group for Desertification Control or any other intermediary, to requests for assistance from the Governments of the Sudano-Sahelian region in combating desertification;

7. Also notes with satisfaction the efforts made by the specialized agencies and other organizations and programmes of the United Nations system concerned with the United Nations Sudano-Sahelian Office, especially through the Interagency Working Group, to ensure complete effectiveness of assistance provided to the fifteen countries of the Sudano-Sahelian region for the implementation of the Plan of Action to Combat Desertification;

8. Requests the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme to continue to report annually to the General Assembly, through the Economic and Social Council, on the implementation in the Sudano-Sahelian region of the Plan of Action to Combat Desertification.

107th plenary meeting
18 December 1979


[1] See Official Records of the General Assembly, Thirty-fourth Session, Supplement No. 25 (A/ 34/25), annex I. [2] See Official Records of the Economic and Social Council, 1979, Supplement No. 10 (E/1979/40 and Corr.1), chap. XXI, sect. H. [3] A/34/405, annex. [4] A/34/406.
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