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UNITED
NATIONS
A

        General Assembly
Distr.
GENERAL
A/RES/38/6
28 October 1983

ORIGINAL: ENGLISH

Co-operation between the United Nations
and the League of Arab States


The General Assembly,

Recalling its previous resolutions on the promotion of co-operation between the United Nations and the League of Arab States, in particular resolutions 36/24 of 9 November 1981 and 37/17 of 16 November 1982,

Having considered the report of the Secretary-General on co-operation between the United Nations and the League of Arab States,

Having heard the statement of the Permanent Observer of the League of Arab States on co-operation between the United Nations and the League of Arab States and having noted the emphasis placed therein on follow-up projects, actions and procedures on the recommendations adopted at the meeting between representatives of the General Secretariat of the League of Arab States and its specialized organizations and the secretariats of the United Nations and other organizations of the United Nations system, held at Tunis from 28 June to 1 July 1983, as well as on various sectoral activities related to development priorities in the Arab region,

Recalling the relevant articles of the Charter of the United Nations which encourage activities through regional arrangements for the promotion of the purposes and principles of the United Nations,

Noting with appreciation the desire of the League of Arab States to consolidate and develop the existing ties with the United Nations in all areas relating to the maintenance of international peace and security, and to co-operate in every possible way with the United Nations in the implementation of United Nations resolutions relating to the question of Palestine and the situation in the Middle East,

Noting that the convening of the Tunis meeting in compliance with General Assembly resolution 37/17 afforded both sides an opportunity to review, in a comprehensive manner, the state of co-operation that has developed during more than three decades between their respective agencies and organizations,

Aware of the vital importance for the countries members of the League of Arab States of achieving a just, comprehensive and durable solution to the Middle East conflict and the question of Palestine, the core of the conflict,

Realizing that the strengthening of international peace and security is directly related, inter alia, to disarmament, decolonization, self-determination and the eradication of all forms of racism and racial discrimination,

Convinced that the strengthening and furtherance of co-operation between the United Nations and the organizations of the United Nations system and the League of Arab States contribute to the work of the United Nations system and to the promotion of the purposes and principles of the United Nations,

Noting that the Tunis meeting defined the framework of co-operation between the United Nations and the League of Arab States in certain priority sectors, without determining specific projects that could lend themselves to joint implementation,

Recognizing the need for closer co-operation between the United Nations system and the League of Arab States and its specialized organizations in realizing the goals and objectives set forth in the Strategy for Joint Arab Economic Development adopted by the Eleventh Arab Summit Conference, held at Amman from 25 to 27 November 1980,

1. Takes note with satisfaction of the report of the Secretary-General;

2. Expresses its appreciation to the Secretary-General for his efforts towards the organization of the meeting between representatives of the General Secretariat of the League of Arab States and its specialized organizations and the secretariats of the United Nations and other organizations of the United Nations system, held at Tunis from 28 June to 1 July 1983, as well as to the specialized agencies and other organizations of the United Nations system for their substantive contributions to that meeting;

3. Commends the General Secretariat of the League of Arab States and its specialized organizations for their active involvement in the preparations for the Tunis meeting and for their sustained endeavours towards its success;

4. Requests the Secretary-General to intensify his efforts towards the implementation of United Nations resolutions relevant to the question of Palestine and the situation in the Middle East;

5. Requests the secretariats of the United Nations and the League of Arab States, within their respective fields of competence, to intensify their co-operation towards the realization of the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, the strengthening of international peace and security, disarmament, decolonization, self-determination and the eradication of all forms of racism and racial discrimination;

6. Requests the Secretary-General to strengthen co-operation and co-ordination between the United Nations and the organizations of the United Nations system and the League of Arab States in order to enhance their capacity to serve the mutual interests of the two organizations in the political, economic, social and cultural fields;

7. Calls upon the competent bodies of the United Nations, the specialized agencies and other organizations of the United Nations system to give urgent consideration to the various recommendations contained in the report of the Secretary-General and to inform the Secretary-General of the action taken on them not later than 15 May 1984;

8. Takes note of the proposals and recommendations contained in the report of the Secretary-General and requests him to take the necessary steps to ensure their implementation, including the following measures:

(a) Setting up of joint sectoral inter-agency working groups for follow-up of multilateral projects;

(b) Promotion of contacts and consultations regarding projects of a multilateral nature between the counterpart agencies, programmes and bodies concerned;

(c) Promotion of contacts and consultations regarding projects of a bilateral nature between the counterpart agencies, programmes and bodies concerned;

9. Requests the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to consider holding at Rome, not later than 31 August 1984, a meeting on food and agriculture in the Arab region to consider action to be taken and projects to be launched jointly pursuant to the recommendations adopted at the Tunis meeting;

10. Also recommends that another sectoral meeting on social development be organized, in January/February 1985, under the aegis of the General Secretariat of the League of Arab States, in a country member of that organization, to give careful consideration to projects prepared for joint implementation, in conformity with the priorities set forth in paragraphs 61 and 62 of the report of the Secretary-General, including joint sectoral meetings;

11. Requests the Secretary-General, in close co-operation with the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, to convene ad hoc meetings between representatives of the Secretariat of the United Nations and of the General Secretariat of the League of Arab States for consultations on follow-up policies, projects, actions and procedures;

12. Further requests the Secretary-General to submit to the General Assembly at its thirty-ninth session, a progress report on the implementation of the present resolution;

13. Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its thirty-ninth session the item entitled "Co-operation between the United Nations and the League of Arab States".

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