Implementation of the Plan of Action to Combat Desertification.

  • Author: UN General Assembly (35th sess. : 1980-1981)
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    5 December 1980

35. RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED ON THE REPORTS OF THE SECOND COMMITTEE
73. Implementation of the Plan of Action to Combat Desertification

The General Assembly, Recalling its resolution 32/172 of 19 December 1977, in which it approved the Plan of Action to Combat Desertification,[1] and its resolutions 33/88 and 33/89 of 15 December 1978 and 34/184, 34/185 and 34/187 of 18 December 1979, dealing with various aspects of the implementation of the Plan of Action, Taking note of the relevant sections of the report of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme on its eighth session[2] and Governing Council decision 8/17 of 29 April 1980[3] on the implementation of the Plan of Action to Combat Desertification, Having considered the report of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme on the implementation of the Plan of Action to Combat Desertification,[4] the report on financing the Plan of Action, prepared by the Secretary-General in consultation with the Governing Council,[5] the study on the same subject prepared by a group of high-level specialists in international financing convened by the Executive Director of the Programme, as called for in General Assembly resolution 34/184,[6] and the report of the Secretary-General on the restoration and improvement of the Fouta-Djallon massif,[7]

1. Notes with concern the findings of the analysis made by the Administrative Committee on Co-ordination and the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme[8] of the constraints on the implementation of the Plan of Action to Combat Desertification, particularly the problem of insufficient financing and the increasing demands on the scarce resources of countries suffering from desertification;

2. Takes note with satisfaction of the decision by the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme to include pilot projects for the development and restoration of the Fouta-Djallon massif in the programme to combat desertification, in accordance with General Assembly resolution 34/185, and of the initiatives taken by the Executive Director of the Programme for the implementation of those projects;

3. Expresses its satisfaction at the initiatives taken by the United Nations Environment Programme in seeking to overcome those constraints through its co-ordinating and catalytic role in the United Nations system, its role in seeking additional means and measures for financing the Plan of Action to Combat Desertification, the convening by its Executive Director of the Consultative Group for Desertification Control, and efforts by the United Nations Sudano-Sahelian Office, on its own behalf and as a joint venture with the Programme, in combating desertification in the Sudano-Sahelian region, and invites the organs, organizations and bodies of the United Nations system to extend their full cooperation to the Programme in its task of ensuring the implementation of the Plan of Action to Combat Desertification;

4. Invites the Governments of countries affected by desertification to continue to give priority, as, far as possible, to desertification-control projects in their development plans and in their requests for multilateral and bilateral financial support;

5. Strongly appeals to international financial institutions, multilateral financial institutions and Governments of industrialized countries, and of those developing countries in a position to do so, to give their financial support and contribute generously to the Special Account, with a view to enhancing the implementation of the Plan of Action to Combat Desertification;

6. Urges the Consultative Group for Desertification Control to develop its work further, in order to ensure the availability of the financial resources required for the implementation of the projects supported by it;

7. Takes note of the report of the Secretary-General and the study annexed thereto of the group of high-level specialists on additional measures for financing the Plan of Action to Combat Desertification;

8. Requests the Secretary-General to draw the attention of donor Governments and international organizations concerned to the continuous threat of desert encroachment and to the meagre resources available for combating desertification and further requests him to mobilize the international community with a view to implementing speedily the Plan of Action to Combat Desertification;

9. Also requests the Secretary-General:

(a) To prepare, in consultation with the United Nations Environment Programme and with the assistance of similar groups of experts on the subjects concerned to be convened by the Executive Director of the Programme;

(i) Feasibility studies and concrete recommendations for the implementation of the additional means of financing deemed practicable by the Secretary-General, including those providing for a predictable flow of funds;

(ii) The detailed modalities of obtaining resources on a concessionary basis;

(iii) A full feasibility study and working plan for the establishment of an independent operational financial corporation for the financing of desertification projects;

(b) To report on the results of the above-mentioned studies to the General Assembly at its thirty-sixth session;

10. Calls upon the United Nations Environment Programme, in its co-ordinating and catalytic role, to institute, in co-operation with the organs, organizations and bodies of the United Nations system, specific programmes of research and training at the national, regional and international levels, and to invite private foundations and other grant-making institutions to co-operate financially and technically in the implementation of those programmes;

11. Requests the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme to continue to report every other year to the General Assembly, through the Economic and Social Council, on the over-all implementation of the Plan of Action to Combat Desertification.

83rd plenary meeting
5 December 1980


[1] A/CONF.74/36, chap. I. [2] See Official Records of the General Assembly, Thirty-fifth Session, Supplement No. 25 (A/35/25). [3] Ibid., annex I. [4] A/35/411, annex. [5] A/35/396. [6] Ibid., annex. [7] A/35/368. [8] See A/35/411, annex, sect. IV.
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