Implementation of section VIII of the annex to General Assembly resolution 32/197 on the restructuring of the economic and social sectors of the United Nations system.

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

35. RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED ON THE REPORTS OF THE SECOND COMMITTEE
203. Implementation of section VIll of the annex to General Assembly resolution 32/197 on the restructuring of the economic and social sectors of the United Nations system

The General Assembly, Recalling its resolutions 3201 (S-VI) and 3202 (S-VI) of 1 May 1974, containing the Declaration and the Programme of Action on the Establishment of a New International Economic Order, 3281 (XXIX) of 12 December 1974, containing the Charter of Economic Rights and Duties of States, and 3362 (S-VII) of 16 September 1975 on development and international economic co-operation, Reaffirming its resolutions 32/197 of 20 December 1977 and 33/202 of 29 January 1979 on the restructuring of the economic and social sectors of the United Nations system, in particular section VIII of the annex to resolution 32/197 and section IV of resolution 33/202 regarding the United Nations Secretariat, Recalling also its resolution 34/215 of 19 December 1979,

1. Takes note of the report of the Secretary-General entitled "Restructuring of the economic and social sectors of the United Nations system: implementation of section VIII of the annex to General Assembly resolution 32/197 and section IV of Assembly resolution 33/202";[1]

2. Welcomes the consultative arrangements at the secretariat level envisaged by the Secretary-General on policy issues pertaining to economic and social activities[2] and on planning, programming, budgeting and evaluation;[3]

3. Requests the Secretary-General to arrange for all concerned United Nations entities at the secretariat level to extend the necessary co-operation and assistance to the Director-General for Development and International Economic Co-operation in the effective functioning of these consultative arrangements;

4. Reaffirms the need for further measures, in accordance with General Assembly resolution 34/215, for the effective implementation of the provisions of section IV of Assembly resolution 33/202;

5. Requests the Secretary-General to effect the adjustments required in the existing reporting arrangements, as indicated in paragraph 25 of his report, in order to reflect fully the authority and responsibilities envisaged for the Director-General for Development and International Economic Co-operation with respect to all services and organs of the United Nations and set forth in General Assembly resolutions 32/197 and 33/202, particularly section IV, paragraph 5 (c), of the latter, and to submit to the Assembly at its thirty-sixth session a report including a revised chart incorporating these adjustments;

6. Takes note with interest of the efforts made by the Secretary-General, as outlined in section II B of his report on the restructuring of the economic and social sectors of the United Nations system, to ensure that the Director-General for Development and International Economic Co-operation exercises effective leadership and over-all co-ordination within the United Nations system, and requests the Secretary-General to ensure, in accordance with the recommendations outlined in his report, that the provisions of paragraph 64 (a) of the annex to resolution 32/197 are fully complied with;

7. Reaffirms the responsibilities of the Director-General for Development and International Economic Co-operation under the direction of the Secretary-General for establishing policy-related guidelines for all activities undertaken by United Nations services and organs in the economic and social fields, in order to ensure their coherence, co-ordination and efficient management, and for exercising in that context a general oversight of proposals and actions at the secretariat level in the economic and social fields, particularly from the point of view of their policy and institutional implications for the Organization as a whole;

8. Decides to consider at its thirty-sixth session, in the light of the information provided in the report of the Secretary-General, the issues involved in the effective exercise by the Director-General for Development and International Economic Co-operation of his functions, as defined in paragraph 64 (a) of the annex to resolution 32/197, on the basis of the principles pertaining to interagency co-ordination contained in resolutions 32/197 and 33/202;

9. Takes note of the considerations, outlined in paragraphs 34 to 39 of the report of the Secretary-General, regarding the resources required for the effective discharge by the Director-General for Development and International Co-operation of his responsibilities;

10. Invites the Secretary-General to include in his report to the General Assembly at its thirty-sixth session, requested in paragraph 5 above, information on measures envisaged by him in respect of the issues dealt with in section III of his report to the Assembly at its thirty-fifth session.

97th plenary meeting
16 December 1980


[1] A/35/527 and Corr.1. [2] Ibid., paras. 9-15. [3] Ibid., paras. 16-20.
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