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Distr: General
22 December 1992
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Forty-seventh session
Agenda item 78

Resolution adopted by the General Assembly

47/181. An agenda for development

The General Assembly,

Recalling the Charter of the United Nations, in particular the commitment to employ international machinery for the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all peoples,

Taking note of the report of the Secretary-General on the work of the Organization, in particular the reference to an agenda for development,/61

Reaffirming the unique position of the United Nations as a forum for the promotion of international cooperation for development,

Emphasizing the need to give due consideration to the broad scope of themes related to international cooperation and international economic relations in order to address effectively the issue of development, particularly of developing countries,

Stressing the importance of continuing to strengthen the capacity of the United Nations to foster international cooperation in order to address fully the wide range of issues pertaining to development, particularly that of developing countries,

Stressing also that the objectives and commitments with regard to development adopted by the General Assembly, especially the Declaration on International Economic Cooperation, in particular the Revitalization of Economic Growth and Development of the Developing Countries,/62 the International Development Strategy for the Fourth United Nations Development Decade/63, the Cartagena Commitment/5, the United Nations New Agenda for the Development of Africa in the 1990s,/14 the Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries for the 1990s,/6 and the various consensus agreements and conventions, especially Agenda 21, adopted by the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development/7 at the level of heads of State or government, which mark the beginning of a new global partnership for sustainable development, all together provide the overall framework of international cooperation for development,

Recalling the restructuring and revitalization process initiated by its resolution 45/264 of 13 May 1991, in particular its commitment to promote the achievement of the objectives and priorities of the United Nations in the economic, social and related fields, as set forth in other relevant resolutions,

Requests the Secretary-General to submit to the General Assembly at its forty-eighth session, in consultation with Member States, a report on an agenda for development, taking fully into consideration the objectives and agreements on development adopted by the Assembly, containing an analysis of and recommendations on ways to enhance the role of the United Nations and the relationship between the United Nations and the Bretton Woods institutions in the promotion of international cooperation for development, within the framework and provisions of the Charter of the United Nations and the articles of agreement of the Bretton Woods institutions, and to include therein, inter alia, a comprehensive annotated list of substantive themes and areas to be addressed by the United Nations in the agenda, as well as his views on priorities among them, for the consideration of Member States.

93rd plenary meeting
22 December 1992


5/ TD/364, part one, sect. A, "A New Partnership for Development: The Cartagena Commitment", adopted by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development at its eighth session, held at Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, from 8 to 25 February 1992.

6/ Report of the Second United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries, Paris, 3-14 September 1990 (A/CONF.147/18) part one.

7/ See Report of United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, Rio de Janeiro, 3-14 June 1992 (A/CONF.15126/Rev.1) Vol. I and Vol I/Corr.1, Vol. II, Vol. III and Vol III/Corr.1)) (United Nations publications, Sales No. E.92.I.8 and corrigenda), vol. I: Resolutions adopted by the Conference.

14/ Resolution 46/151, annex, sect. II.

61/ Official Records of the General Assembly, Forty-seventh Session, Supplement No. 1 (A/47/a), para. 105.

62/ Resolution S-18/3, annex.

63/ Resolution 45/199, annex.