The General Assembly this morning authorized $115.4 million gross ($113.9 million net) for the period 1 to 31 December for the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR), the United Nations Confidence Restoration Operation in Croatia (UNCRO), the United Nations Preventive Deployment Force (UNPREDEP) and the United Nations Peace Forces headquarters.
The Assembly made that authorization on the recommendation of its Fifth (Administrative and Budgetary) Committee, acting without a vote. In another action taken without a vote on the Fifth Committee’s recommendation, the Assembly authorized $10.6 million gross ($10.4 million net) for the period 1 to 15 December for the United Nations Mission in Haiti. Both decisions were taken on exceptional bases.
Also this morning, the Assembly began its consideration of the implementation of the United Nations New Agenda for the Development of Africa in the 1990s, hearing from numerous speakers who stressed that despite the commitments made under that agreement, the continent’s economic situation had continued to deteriorate overall. Many participants called for urgent measures to relieve Africa’s heavy external debt burden, to increase its access to markets, to help African countries to diversify their commodities and to support local savings structures.
“It cannot be denied that Africa needs the rest of the world, but my delegation wonders more and more whether the world really needs Africa”, the representative of Niger said. The representative of Ethiopia, speaking on behalf of the Organization for African Unity, said the continuous marginalization of Africa from the globalization of the world economy dictated that the partnership of Africa and the international community must now be strengthened to implement the objectives of the New Agenda.
“Acquiescing to the `donor fatigue’ argument floated to mask the lack of political will on the part of the donor community is the same as giving up on cancer research and treatment because cancer continues to kill”, said the representative of Kenya. The representative of Algeria added that the African countries had shown that they were willing to be credible partners and active agents in the vast undertaking of lifting up their continent. They were entitled to expect from developed countries an equal determination to fulfil their side of partnership contract for new development.
The representative of Cameroon said that if the Member States did not want the mid-term review of the New Agenda to be simply another opportunity to bewail the agenda, the international community must implement its Agenda commitments. He welcomed the establishment of a budget line for the development of Africa, but said additional efforts should be made to ensure that those resources would be commensurate with the challenges and reflect the priority that the United Nations had given to Africa.
Other statements were made by the representatives of Spain, (on behalf of the European Union), Togo, India, United Republic of Tanzania, Mauritania, Benin and Zimbabwe.
At the outset of the meeting, the Assembly President, Diogo Freitas do Amaral (Portugal), announced that he had appointed Kenya and Nepal to serve three-year terms on the Committee on Conferences, beginning on 1 January 1996.
The General Assembly will meet again at 3 p.m. today to continue its consideration of implementation of the New Agenda for the Development of Africa in the 1990s, including a draft resolution on that matter. It is also expected to take action on three draft resolutions on the situation in the Middle East.
The Assembly met this morning to consider the implementation of the United Nations New Agenda for the Development of Africa in the 1990s and the appointment of members of the Committee on Conferences. It is also expected to take up three draft resolutions on the situation in the Middle East concerning, respectively, the peace process, Jerusalem and the Syrian Golan, as well as a draft resolution on the implementation of the New Agenda for Africa. In addition, it will act on two reports of the Fifth Committee on financing peace-keeping operations. (For background information on the drafts, see Press Release GA/9020 of 1 December.)
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