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His Excellency Ambassador John Ashe of Antigua and Barbuda is the President of the sixty-eighth session of the General Assembly.
- Press Conference by President of Sixty-eighth General Assembly (17 September 2013)
- Video of the Press Conference by President of Sixty-eighth General Assembly (17 September 2013)
- Opening Address by H.E Ambassador John Ashe President of the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (17 September 2013)
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The General Assembly of the United Nations opens its sixty-eighth session on Tuesday, 17 September, at 3 p.m., at United Nations Headquarters in New York.
Following a week of opening discussions, a number of high-level events will take place in quick succession. On Monday, 23 September, the Assembly will convene a High-level Meeting on persons with disability under the theme “The way forward: a disability-inclusive development agenda towards 2015 and beyond,” focusing on achieving the relevant Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and other internationally agreed targets.
The Assembly’s annual general debate, when Heads of State and Government and other high national officials gather to present their views about pressing world issues, will open on Tuesday, 24 September, and run through Tuesday, 1 October. On the sidelines of the general debate, the inaugural meeting of the High-level Political Forum on sustainable development, established by the Assembly in response to the outcome of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), will take place in the afternoon of Tuesday, 24 September. The following day, on Wednesday, 25 September, the President of the General Assembly will convene a special event on follow-up efforts towards achieving the MDGs in the post-2015 era. Later that week, on Thursday, 26 September, the Assembly will hold another High-level Meeting, on achieving the goal of nuclear disarmament.
Following the close of the general debate, the Assembly will convene a high-level dialogue on international migration and development on Thursday, 3 October, and Friday, 4 October, with the aim of identifying measures to enhance the benefits of international migration for migrants and countries alike while reducing its negative implications. Soon after, on Monday, 7 October, and Tuesday, 8 October, the Assembly will hold its sixth High-level dialogue on Financing for Development.
Forum for multilateral negotiation
Established in 1945 under the Charter of the United Nations, the General Assembly occupies a central position as the chief deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the United Nations. Comprised of all 193 Members of the United Nations, it provides a unique forum for multilateral discussion of the full spectrum of international issues covered by the Charter. It also plays a significant role in the process of standard-setting and the codification of international law.
The Assembly meets intensively from September to December each year, and thereafter as required.
Functions and powers of the General Assembly
The Assembly is empowered to make recommendations to States on international issues within its competence. It has also initiated actions—political, economic, humanitarian, social and legal—which have affected the lives of millions of people throughout the world. The landmark Millennium Declaration, adopted in 2000, and the 2005 World Summit Outcome Document, reflect the commitment of Member States to reach specific goals to attain peace, security and disarmament along with development and poverty eradication; safeguard human rights and promote the rule of law; protect our common environment; meet the special needs of Africa; and strengthen the United Nations.
According to the Charter of the United Nations, the General Assembly may:
- Consider and approve the United Nations budget and establish the financial assessments of Member States
- Elect the non-permanent members of the Security Council and the members of other United Nations councils and organs and, on the recommendation of the Security Council, appoint the Secretary-General
- Consider and make recommendations on the general principles of cooperation for maintaining international peace and security, including disarmament
- Discuss any question relating to international peace and security and, except where a dispute or situation is currently being discussed by the Security Council, make recommendations on it
- Discuss, with the same exception, and make recommendations on any questions within the scope of the Charter or affecting the powers and functions of any organ of the United Nations
- Initiate studies and make recommendations to promote international political cooperation, the development and codification of international law, the realization of human rights and fundamental freedoms, and international collaboration in the economic, social, humanitarian, cultural, educational and health fields
- Make recommendations for the peaceful settlement of any situation that might impair friendly relations among countries
- Consider reports from the Security Council and other United Nations organs
The Assembly may also take action in cases of a threat to the peace, breach of peace or act of aggression, when the Security Council has failed to act owing to the negative vote of a permanent member. In such instances, according to its “Uniting for peace” resolution of 3 November 1950 (377( V )), the Assembly may consider the matter immediately and recommend to its Members collective measures to maintain or restore international peace and security. (See “Special sessions and emergency special sessions”, below.)
The search for consensus
Each of the 193 Member States in the Assembly has one vote. Votes taken on designated important issues—such as recommendations on peace and security, the election of Security Council and Economic and Social Council members, and budgetary questions—require a two-thirds majority of Member States, but other questions are decided by a simple majority.
In recent years, an effort has been made to achieve consensus on issues, rather than deciding by a formal vote, thus strengthening support for the Assembly’s decisions. The President, after having consulted and reached agreement with delegations, can propose that a resolution be adopted without a vote.
Revitalization of the work of the General Assembly
There has been a sustained effort to make the work of the General Assembly more focused and relevant. This was identified as a priority during the fifty-eighth session, and efforts continued at subsequent sessions to streamline the agenda, improve the practices and working methods of the Main Committees, enhance the role of the General Committee, strengthen the role and authority of the President and examine the Assembly’s role in the process to select the Secretary General.
At its sixtieth session, the Assembly adopted a text (annexed to resolution 60/286 of 8 September 2006) which encouraged the holding of informal interactive debates on current issues of critical importance to the international community. The text, which had been recommended by the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Revitalization of the General Assembly, also invited the General Assembly President to propose themes for these interactive debates. During the sixty seventh session, several thematic interactive debates were convened on a wide range of issues, including on the role of international criminal justice in reconciliation; global economic governance; peaceful resolution of conflicts in Africa; sustainable development and climate change; culture and development; and on entrepreneurship for development and inequality.
It has become an established practice for the Secretary General to brief Member States periodically, in informal meetings of the General Assembly, on his recent activities and travels. These briefings have provided a well-received opportunity for exchange between the Secretary-General and Member States and are likely to be continued at the sixty-eighth session.
Elections for the President and Vice Presidents of the General Assembly and Chairs of the Main Committees
As a result of the ongoing revitalization of its work, and pursuant to rule 30 of its rules of procedure, the General Assembly now elects its President, Vice Presidents and Chairs of the Main Committees at least three months in advance of the start of the new session in order to further strengthen coordination and preparation of work among the Main Committees and between the Committees and the Plenary.
The General Committee—composed of the President and 21 Vice-Presidents of the Assembly, as well as the Chairs of the six Main Committees—makes recommendations to the Assembly about adoption of the agenda, allocation of agenda items and organization of its work.
The Credentials Committee, appointed by the General Assembly at each session, reports to the Assembly on the credentials of representatives.
The Assembly’s annual general debate, which provides Member States the opportunity to express their views on major international issues, will take place from Tuesday, 24 September, through Tuesday, 1 October. The Secretary-General will present his report on the work of the Organization immediately prior to the general debate, a practice that began with the fifty second session.
The theme for the sixty-eighth session’s general debate will be, “The Post-2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage!” as proposed by the President-elect of the sixty-eighth session, H. E. Mr. John W. Ashe of Antigua and Barbuda, upon his election on 14 June 2013. The practice of selecting a specific issue of global concern for the debate dates back to 2003 when the General Assembly decided to introduce this innovation in an effort to enhance the authority and role of the now 193-member body (resolution 58/126 of December 2003).
The meetings of the general debate usually run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
With the close of the general debate, the Assembly begins consideration of the substantive items on its agenda. Because of the great number of issues it is called upon to consider (171 agenda items at the sixty-seventh session, for example), the Assembly allocates to its six Main Committees items relevant to their work. The Committees discuss the items, seeking where possible to harmonize the various approaches of States, and present their recommendations, usually in the form of draft resolutions and decisions, to the Plenary of the Assembly for consideration and action.
The six Main Committees are: the Disarmament and International Security Committee (First Committee), concerned with disarmament and related international security issues; the Economic and Financial Committee (Second Committee), concerned with economic issues; the Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee ( Third Committee), which deals with social and humanitarian issues; the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee), dealing with a variety of political subjects not covered by any other Committee or the Plenary, including decolonization, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), and the human rights of the Palestinian people; the Administrative and Budgetary Committee (Fifth Committee), which is concerned with the administration and budget of the United Nations; and the Legal Committee (Sixth Committee), which deals with international legal matters.
On a number of agenda items, however, such as the question of Palestine and the situation in the Middle East, the Assembly acts directly in its plenary meetings.
Working groups of the General Assembly
The General Assembly has, in the past, authorized the establishment of working groups to focus on matters of importance in more detail, and make recommendations for Assembly action. These include the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Revitalization of the Work of the General Assembly, which will continue its work during the forthcoming session.
Various informal regional groupings have evolved over the years in the General Assembly as vehicles for consultation and to facilitate procedural work. The groups are: the African States; the Asia-Pacific States; the Eastern European States; the Latin American and Caribbean States; and the Western European and other States. The post of President of the General Assembly rotates among the regional groups. For the sixty-eighth session, the General Assembly has elected the President from the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States.
Special sessions and emergency special sessions
In addition to its regular sessions, the Assembly may meet in special and emergency special sessions. To date, the Assembly has convened 28 special sessions on issues that demanded particular attention, including the question of Palestine, United Nations finances, disarmament, international economic cooperation, drugs, the environment, population, women, social development, human settlements, HIV/AIDS, apartheid and Namibia. The twenty-eighth special session of the General Assembly, held on 24 January 2005, was devoted to the commemoration of the sixtieth anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps.
Ten emergency special sessions have addressed situations in which the Security Council found itself deadlocked, namely, Hungary (1956), Suez (1956), the Middle East (1958 and 1967), the Congo (1960), Afghanistan (1980), Palestine (1980 and 1982), Namibia (1981), the occupied Arab territories (1982) and illegal Israeli actions in occupied East Jerusalem and the rest of the Occupied Palestinian Territory (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2009).
The Assembly decided, on 16 January 2009, to adjourn the tenth emergency special session temporarily and to authorize the President of the Assembly to resume its meetings at the request of Member States.
Carrying on the work of the Assembly
The work of the United Nations derives largely from the decisions of the General Assembly and is mainly carried out by:
• Committees and other bodies established by the Assembly to study and report on specific issues, such as disarmament, peacekeeping, economic development, the environment and human rights
• The Secretariat of the United Nations—the Secretary-General and his staff of international civil servants
For questions relating to documents, list of speakers, announcements in the UN Journal and more, contact the General Assembly Secretariat.
The Delegate’s Handbook, revised and issued each year at the beginning of the General Assembly, is applicable throughout the session.
The Protocol and Liaison Service website provides information and forms for registration, accreditation and pass issuance or renewal for Member States.
Provisional agenda of the sixty-eighth regular session of the General Assembly*
To convene at UN Headquarters, New York, on Tuesday, 17 September 2013, at 3 p.m.
- Opening of the session by the President of the General Assembly (rule 31).
- Minute of silent prayer or meditation (rule 62).
- Credentials of representatives to the sixty-eighth session of the General Assembly (rule 28):
(a) Appointment of the members of the Credentials Committee;
(b) Report of the Credentials Committee.
- Election of the President of the General Assembly (rule 30).
- Election of the officers of the Main Committees (rules 30 and 103).
- Election of the Vice-Presidents of the General Assembly (rule 30).
- Organization of work, adoption of the agenda and allocation of items: reports of the General Committee (rule 21).
- General debate (resolution 57/301).
A. Promotion of sustained economic growth and sustainable development in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the General Assembly and recent United Nations conferences
- Report of the Economic and Social Council (rule 13 (b); General Assembly resolution 3281 (XXIX) and Economic and Social Council decision 1982/112).
- Implementation of the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS and the Political Declarations on HIV/AIDS (resolutions S-26/2, 60/262 and 65/277).
- Sport for peace and development: building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal (resolution 66/5).
- Global road safety crisis (resolution 66/260).
- 2001-2010: Decade to Roll Back Malaria in Developing Countries, Particularly in Africa.1
- Integrated and coordinated implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the major United Nations conferences and summits in the economic, social and related fields (resolutions 60/265, 65/1, 65/10, 65/234, 65/277 and 66/290).
- Culture of peace (resolutions 64/13, 67/104 and 67/106).
- Information and communications technologies for development (resolution 67/195).
- Macroeconomic policy questions:
(a) International trade and development (resolutions 1995 (XIX), 66/186 and 67/196);
(b) International financial system and development (resolution 67/197);
(c) External debt sustainability and development (resolution 67/198);
(d) Commodities (resolution 66/190).
- Follow-up to and implementation of the outcome of the 2002 International Conference on Financing for Development and the 2008 Review Conference (resolution 67/199).
- Sustainable development (resolutions 65/149, 66/195, 66/196, 66/288 and 67/201):
(a) Implementation of Agenda 21, the Programme for the Further Implementation of Agenda 21 and the outcomes of the World Summit on Sustainable Development and of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (resolutions 47/191,67/203 and 67/290);
(b) Follow-up to and implementation of the Mauritius Strategy for the Further Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (resolution 67/207);
(c) International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (resolution 67/209);
(d) Protection of global climate for present and future generations of humankind (resolution 67/210);
(e) Implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in Those Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, Particularly in Africa (resolution 67/211);
(f) Convention on Biological Diversity (resolution 67/212);
(g) Report of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme on its first universal session (resolutions 2997 (XXVII) and 67/213);
(h) Harmony with Nature (resolution 67/214);
(i) Sustainable mountain development (resolution 66/205);
(j) The role of the international community in the prevention of the radiation threat in Central Asia (sub-item requested by Kyrgyzstan (A/68/143)).
- Implementation of the outcome of the United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) and strengthening of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) (resolution 67/216).
- Globalization and interdependence:
(a) Role of the United Nations in promoting development in the context of globalization and interdependence (resolution 66/210);
(b) Science and technology for development (resolution 66/211);
(c) Development cooperation with middle-income countries (resolution 66/212);
(d) Culture and development (resolution 66/208);
(e) International migration and development (resolution 67/219).
- Groups of countries in special situations:
(a) Follow-up to the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (resolution 67/220);
(b) Comprehensive 10-year Review Conference on the Implementation of the Almaty Programme of Action (resolution 67/222).
- Eradication of poverty and other development issues:
(a) Implementation of the Second United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (2008-2017) (resolution 67/224);
(b) Women in development (resolution 66/216);
(c) Human resources development (resolution 66/217).
- Operational activities for development:
(a) Operational activities for development of the United Nations system (resolutions35/81 and 67/226);
(b) South-South cooperation (resolution 67/227).
- Agriculture development, food security and nutrition (resolution 67/228).
- Towards global partnerships (resolution 66/223).
- Social development:
(a) Implementation of the outcome of the World Summit for Social Development and of the twenty-fourth special session of the General Assembly (resolutions 56/177 and67/141);
(b) Social development, including questions relating to the world social situation and to youth, ageing, disabled persons and the family (resolutions 66/122 to 66/124, 66/126and 67/142);
(c) Follow-up to the International Year of Older Persons: Second World Assembly on Ageing (resolutions 67/139 and 67/143);
(d) United Nations Literacy Decade: education for all (resolution 65/183).
- Advancement of women:
(a) Advancement of women (resolutions 34/180, 45/124, 66/128 to 66/131 and 67/144);
(b) Implementation of the outcome of the Fourth World Conference on Women and of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly (resolutions 50/203, 52/100and 67/148).
B. Maintenance of international peace and security
- Report of the Security Council (rule 13 (b)).
- Report of the Peacebuilding Commission (resolutions 60/180 and 65/7).
- Support by the United Nations system of the efforts of Governments to promote and consolidate new or restored democracies (resolution 66/285).
- The role of diamonds in fuelling conflict (resolution 67/135).
- Prevention of armed conflict:
(a) Prevention of armed conflict;1
(b) Strengthening the role of mediation in the peaceful settlement of disputes, conflict prevention and resolution (resolution 66/291).
- Protracted conflicts in the GUAM area and their implications for international peace, security and development (resolution 67/268).
- The situation in the Middle East (resolutions 67/24 and 67/25).
- Question of Palestine (resolutions 67/20 to 67/23).
- The situation in Afghanistan (resolution 67/16).
- The situation in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan.2
- Question of the Comorian island of Mayotte.2
- Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba (resolution 67/4).
- The situation in Central America: progress in fashioning a region of peace, freedom, democracy and development (resolution 67/267 and decision 60/508).3
- Question of Cyprus (resolution 58/316).3
- Armed aggression against the Democratic Republic of the Congo (resolution 58/316).
- Question of the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) (resolution 58/316).3
- The situation of democracy and human rights in Haiti (resolution 58/316).3
- Armed Israeli aggression against the Iraqi nuclear installations and its grave consequences for the established international system concerning the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and international peace and security (resolution 58/316).3
- Consequences of the Iraqi occupation of and aggression against Kuwait (resolution 58/316).3
- Assistance in mine action (resolution 66/69).
- Effects of atomic radiation (resolution 67/112).
- International cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space (resolution 67/113).
- United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (resolutions 67/114 to 67/117).
- Report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories (resolutions 67/118 to 67/122).
- Comprehensive review of special political missions (resolution 67/123).
- Questions relating to information (resolutions 67/124 A and B).
- Information from Non-Self-Governing Territories transmitted under Article 73 e of the Charter of the United Nations (resolution 67/125).
- Economic and other activities which affect the interests of the peoples of the Non-Self-Governing Territories (resolution 67/126).
- Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples by the specialized agencies and the international institutions associated with the United Nations (resolution 67/127).
- Offers by Member States of study and training facilities for inhabitants of Non-Self-Governing Territories (resolution 67/128).
- Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples (resolutions 67/129 to 67/134, 67/265 and decision 67/530).
- Question of the Malagasy islands of Glorieuses, Juan de Nova, Europa and Bassas da India (decision 67/502).
- Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources (resolution 67/229).
- Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, questions relating to refugees, returnees and displaced persons and humanitarian questions (resolutions 428 (V), 67/149 and 67/150).
C. Development of Africa
- New Partnership for Africa’s Development: progress in implementation and international support:
(a) New Partnership for Africa’s Development: progress in implementation and international support;1
(b) Causes of conflict and the promotion of durable peace and sustainable development in Africa (resolution 66/287).
D. Promotion of human rights
- Report of the Human Rights Council (resolutions 60/251 and 65/281).
- Promotion and protection of the rights of children:
(a) Promotion and protection of the rights of children (resolutions 44/25, 62/141, 66/139,66/140 and 67/152);
(b) Follow-up to the outcome of the special session on children (decision 67/541).
- Rights of indigenous peoples (resolution 66/296):
(a) Rights of indigenous peoples (resolution 67/153);
(b) Second International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People (decision 67/541).
- Elimination of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance:
(a) Elimination of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance (resolutions 2106 A (XX), 3381 (XXX) and 67/154);
(b) Comprehensive implementation of and follow-up to the Durban
Declaration and Programme of Action (resolution 67/155).
- Right of peoples to self-determination (resolutions 67/157 and 67/159).
- Promotion and protection of human rights:
(a) Implementation of human rights instruments (resolutions 2200 A (XXI), 39/46,66/148, 66/229 and 67/161);
(b) Human rights questions, including alternative approaches for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms (resolutions 66/151,66/153, 66/154, 66/157, 66/162 to 66/166, 66/169, 66/171, 66/173, 67/162, 67/165, 67/166,67/168 to 67/172, 67/174, 67/175 and 67/178 to 67/180);
(c) Human rights situations and reports of special rapporteurs and representatives (resolutions 67/181, 67/182 and 67/233);
(d) Comprehensive implementation of and follow-up to the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action (resolutions 48/121 and 48/141).
E. Effective coordination of humanitarian assistance efforts
- Strengthening of the coordination of humanitarian and disaster relief assistance of the United Nations, including special economic assistance (resolution 67/85):
(a) Strengthening of the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance of the United Nations (resolutions 67/87 and 67/231);
(b) Assistance to the Palestinian people (resolution 67/86);
(c) Special economic assistance to individual countries or regions;1
(d) Strengthening of international cooperation and coordination of efforts to study, mitigate and minimize the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster (resolution 65/131).
- Assistance to survivors of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, particularly orphans, widows and victims of sexual violence (resolution 66/228).
F. Promotion of justice and international law
- Report of the International Court of Justice (rule 13 (b)).
- Report of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Genocide and Other Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law Committed in the Territory of Rwanda and Rwandan Citizens Responsible for Genocide and Other Such Violations Committed in the Territory of Neighbouring States between 1 January and 31 December 1994 (Security Council resolution 955 (1994)).
- Report of the International Tribunal for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law Committed in the Territory of the Former Yugoslavia since 1991 (Security Council resolution 827 (1993)).
- Report of the International Criminal Court.1
- Oceans and the law of the sea:
(a) Oceans and the law of the sea (resolutions 49/28, 52/26, 54/33, 59/24, 65/37 A and67/78);
(b) Sustainable fisheries, including through the 1995 Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks, and related instruments (resolutions56/13 and 67/79).
- Responsibility of States for internationally wrongful acts (resolution 65/19).
- Criminal accountability of United Nations officials and experts on mission (resolution 67/88).
- Report of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law on the work of its forty-sixth session (resolution 2205 (XXI)).
- United Nations Programme of Assistance in the Teaching, Study, Dissemination and Wider Appreciation of International Law (resolution 67/91).
- Report of the International Law Commission on the work of its sixty-third and sixty-fifth sessions (resolution 67/92).
- Diplomatic protection (resolution 65/27).
- Consideration of prevention of transboundary harm from hazardous activities and allocation of loss in the case of such harm (resolution 65/28).
- Report of the Special Committee on the Charter of the United Nations and on the Strengthening of the Role of the Organization (resolution 67/96).
- The rule of law at the national and international levels (resolutions 67/1 and 67/97).
- The scope and application of the principle of universal jurisdiction (resolution 67/98).
- The law of transboundary aquifers (resolution 66/104).
- Report of the International Atomic Energy Agency (resolution 1145 (XII)).
- Reduction of military budgets:
(a) Reduction of military budgets (resolution 35/142 B);
(b) Objective information on military matters, including transparency of military expenditures (resolution 66/20).
- Implementation of the Declaration of the Indian Ocean as a Zone of Peace (resolution 66/22).
- African Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone Treaty (resolution 67/26).
- Consolidation of the regime established by the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean (Treaty of Tlatelolco) (resolution 65/40).
- Review of the implementation of the Declaration on the Strengthening of International Security (decision 66/514).
- Developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security (resolution 67/27).
- Establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the region of the Middle East (resolution 67/28).
- Conclusion of effective international arrangements to assure non-nuclear-weapon States against the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons (resolution 67/29).
- Prevention of an arms race in outer space (resolution 67/30).
- Role of science and technology in the context of international security and disarmament (decision 67/515).
- General and complete disarmament:
(a) Notification of nuclear tests (resolution 42/38 C);
(b) Further measures in the field of disarmament for the prevention of an arms race on the seabed and the ocean floor and in the subsoil thereof (resolution 44/116 O);
(c) Transparency and confidence-building measures in outer space activities (resolution 65/68 and decision 66/517);
(d) Follow-up to nuclear disarmament obligations agreed to at the 1995, 2000 and 2010 Review Conferences of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (resolution 66/28);
(e) Transparency in armaments (resolution 66/39);
(f) National legislation on transfer of arms, military equipment and dual-use goods and technology (resolution 66/41);
(g) Problems arising from the accumulation of conventional ammunition stockpiles in surplus (resolution 66/42);
(h) Treaty on the South-East Asia Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone (Bangkok Treaty) (resolution 66/43);
(i) Prohibition of the dumping of radioactive wastes (resolution 66/52);
(j) Implementation of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-personnel Mines and on Their Destruction (resolution 67/32);
(k) Follow-up to the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice on the legality of the threat or use of nuclear weapons (resolution 67/33);
(l) Towards a nuclear-weapon-free world: accelerating the implementation of nuclear disarmament commitments (resolution 67/34);
(m) Observance of environmental norms in the drafting and implementation of agreements on disarmament and arms control (resolution 67/37);
(n) Promotion of multilateralism in the area of disarmament and non-proliferation (resolution 67/38);
(o) Relationship between disarmament and development (resolution 67/40);
(p) Assistance to States for curbing the illicit traffic in small arms and light weapons and collecting them (resolution 67/41);
(q) Measures to prevent terrorists from acquiring weapons of mass destruction (resolution 67/44);
(r) Reducing nuclear danger (resolution 67/45);
(s) Decreasing the operational readiness of nuclear weapons systems (resolution 67/46);
(t) Women, disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control (resolution 67/48);
(u) Treaty banning the production of fissile material for nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices (resolution 67/53);
(v) Implementation of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on Their Destruction (resolution 67/54);
(w) Taking forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations (resolution 67/56);
(x) Regional disarmament (resolution 67/57);
(y) The illicit trade in small arms and light weapons in all its aspects (resolution 67/58);
(z) United action towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons (resolution 67/59);
(aa) Nuclear disarmament (resolutions 67/39 and 67/60);
(bb) Confidence-building measures in the regional and subregional context (resolution 67/61);
(cc) Conventional arms control at the regional and subregional levels (resolution 67/62);
(dd) The Arms Trade Treaty (resolutions 67/234 A and B);
(ee) Missiles (decision 67/516);
(ff) Convening of the fourth special session of the General Assembly devoted to disarmament (decision 67/518).
- Review and implementation of the Concluding Document of the Twelfth Special Session of the General Assembly:
(a) United Nations regional centres for peace and disarmament (resolution 67/63);
(b) Convention on the Prohibition of the Use of Nuclear Weapons (resolution 67/64);
(c) United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific (resolution 67/65);
(d) United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (resolution 67/66);
(e) United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (resolution 67/69);
(f) Regional confidence-building measures: activities of the United Nations Standing Advisory Committee on Security Questions in Central Africa (resolution 67/70).
- Review of the implementation of the recommendations and decisions adopted by the General Assembly at its tenth special session (resolutions 38/183 O and 39/148 H):
(a) Report of the Conference on Disarmament (resolution 67/72);
(b) Report of the Disarmament Commission (resolution 67/71).
- The risk of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East (resolution 67/73).
- Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects (resolution 67/74).
- Strengthening of security and cooperation in the Mediterranean region (resolution 67/75).
- Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (resolution 67/76).
- Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on Their Destruction (resolution 67/77).
- Revitalizing the work of the Conference on Disarmament and taking forward multilateral disarmament negotiations (decision 67/519).
H. Drug control, crime prevention and combating international terrorism in all its forms and manifestations
- Crime prevention and criminal justice (resolutions 64/293, 67/184, 67/186 and 67/189 to67/192).
- International drug control (resolutions 61/183 and 67/193).
- Measures to eliminate international terrorism (resolution 67/99).
I. Organizational, administrative and other matters
- Report of the Secretary-General on the work of the Organization (rules 13 (a) and 48;resolutions 47/120 B and 51/241).
- Report of the Secretary-General on the Peacebuilding Fund (resolution 60/287).
- Notification by the Secretary-General under Article 12, paragraph 2, of the Charter of the United Nations (rule 49).
- Elections to fill vacancies in principal organs:
(a) Election of five non-permanent members of the Security Council (rule 142; decision 67/402);
(b) Election of 18 members of the Economic and Social Council (rule 145; decision 67/403).
- Elections to fill vacancies in subsidiary organs and other elections:
(a) Election of seven members of the Committee for Programme and Coordination (decisions 67/404 A and B);
(b) Election of two members of the Organizational Committee of the Peacebuilding Commission (resolutions 60/180 and 63/145 and decision 67/414);
(c) Election of 14 members of the Human Rights Council (resolution 65/281 and decision 67/405);
(d) Election of the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (decision 64/420);
(e) Election of the Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (decision 64/428).
- Appointments to fill vacancies in subsidiary organs and other appointments:
(a) Appointment of members of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (rule 155; decisions 67/407 A and B);
(b) Appointment of members of the Committee on Contributions (rule 158; decisions 67/408 A and B);
(c) Confirmation of the appointment of members of the Investments Committee (resolution 155 (II) and decision 67/409);
(d) Appointment of a member of the Board of Auditors (resolutions 74 (I) and 55/248and decision 66/408);
(e) Appointment of members of the International Civil Service Commission (resolution 3357 (XXIX) and decisions 64/412 and 67/410 A and B):
(i) Appointment of members of the Commission;
(ii) Designation of the Vice-Chair of the Commission;
(f) Appointment of members of the Independent Audit Advisory Committee (resolution 61/275 and decision 66/409);
(g) Appointment of members of the Committee on Conferences (decisions 67/415 A to C);
(h) Appointment of a member of the Joint Inspection Unit (decisions 66/417 A and B);
(i) Approval of the appointment of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (decision 66/423).
- Admission of new Members to the United Nations (rule 136).
- Follow-up to the outcome of the Millennium Summit (resolutions 60/265, 64/289, 65/1,65/277 and 66/2).
- The United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy (resolutions 66/10 and 66/282).
- Follow-up to the commemoration of the two-hundredth anniversary of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade (resolution 67/108).
- Implementation of the resolutions of the United Nations.1
- Revitalization of the work of the General Assembly.1
- Question of equitable representation on and increase in the membership of the Security Council and related matters.1
- Strengthening of the United Nations system.1
- United Nations reform: measures and proposals.1
- Interaction between the United Nations, national parliaments and the Inter Parliamentary Union (resolution 66/261).
- Follow-up to the recommendations on administrative management and internal oversight of the Independent Inquiry Committee into the United Nations Oil for-Food Programme.2
- Global health and foreign policy (resolution 67/81).
- International Criminal Tribunal for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Genocide and Other Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law Committed in the Territory of Rwanda and Rwandan Citizens Responsible for Genocide and Other Such Violations Committed in the Territory of Neighbouring States between 1 January and 31 December 1994.1
- International Tribunal for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law Committed in the Territory of the Former Yugoslavia since 1991.1
- International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals.2
- Financial reports and audited financial statements, and reports of the Board of Auditors (resolutions 52/212 B and 67/235 A and B):
(a) United Nations peacekeeping operations;
(b) Capital master plan;
(c) United Nations Development Programme;
(d) United Nations Capital Development Fund (sub-item proposed by the Secretary-General (A/68/142));
(e) United Nations Children’s Fund;
(f) United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East;
(g) Voluntary funds administered by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees;
(h) United Nations Population Fund;
(i) United Nations Office for Project Services;
(j) United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women).
- Review of the efficiency of the administrative and financial functioning of the United Nations (resolutions 41/213, 67/248 and 67/253 and decisions 67/552 A to C).
- Programme budget for the biennium 2012-2013 (resolutions 65/258, 65/259, 65/268,66/246 to 66/250, 66/258, 66/263, 67/246, 67/247 A to C, 67/254 A and B and 67/269 and decisions 66/556 and 67/552 A to C).
- Proposed programme budget for the biennium 2014-2015 (resolutions 66/246, 66/247,67/248, 67/254 A and B and 67/269).
- Programme planning (resolutions 58/269, 62/224 and 67/236).
- Improving the financial situation of the United Nations (resolution 47/215).
- Pattern of conferences (resolution 67/237).
- Scale of assessments for the apportionment of the expenses of the United Nations (resolution 67/238).
- Human resources management (resolution 67/255).
- Joint Inspection Unit (resolutions 55/230, 66/259 and 67/256).
- United Nations common system (resolutions 3357 (XXIX), 66/235 A and B and 67/257and decision 67/551).
- Report on the activities of the Office of Internal Oversight Services (resolutions 48/218 B, 54/244, 59/272 and 67/258).
- Administration of justice at the United Nations (resolution 67/241).
- Financing of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Genocide and Other Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law Committed in the Territory of Rwanda and Rwandan Citizens Responsible for Genocide and Other Such Violations Committed in the Territory of Neighbouring States between 1 January and 31 December 1994 (resolutions 55/226 and 67/242).
- Financing of the International Tribunal for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law Committed in the Territory of the Former Yugoslavia since 1991 (resolutions 55/225 A and 67/243).
- Financing of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (resolutions 67/244 A and B).
- Administrative and budgetary aspects of the financing of the United Nations peacekeeping operations (resolutions 49/233, 66/264 to 66/266, 67/261, 67/287 and67/288).
- Financing of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (resolution 67/270).
- Financing of the United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad.2
- Financing of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (resolution 67/271).
- Financing of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (resolution 67/272).
- Financing of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (resolution 67/273).
- Financing of the United Nations Mission in East Timor.2
- Financing of the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (resolutions 67/245 Aand B).
- Financing of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (resolution 67/275).
- Financing of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (resolution 67/276).
- Financing of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (resolution 67/277).
- Financing of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (resolution 67/286).
- Financing of the United Nations peacekeeping forces in the Middle East:
(a) United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (resolution 67/278);
(b) United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (resolution 67/279).
- Financing of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (resolution 67/280).
- Financing of the United Nations Mission in the Sudan (resolution 67/281).
- Financing of the United Nations Supervision Mission in the Syrian Arab Republic (resolution 67/282).
- Financing of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (resolution 67/283).
- Financing of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (resolution 67/284).
- Financing of the activities arising from Security Council resolution 1863 (2009)(resolution 67/285).
- Report of the Committee on Relations with the Host Country (resolution 67/100).
- Observer status for the Cooperation Council of Turkic-speaking States in the General Assembly (decision 67/525).
- Observer status for the International Conference of Asian Political Parties in the General Assembly (decision 67/526).
- Observer status for the International Chamber of Commerce in the General Assembly (decision 67/527).
- Observer status for the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law in the General Assembly (item proposed by Italy (A/68/141)).
- Observer status for the International Anti-Corruption Academy in the General Assembly (item proposed by Austria (A/68/144)).
- Observer status for the Pan African Intergovernmental Agency for Water and Sanitation for Africa in the General Assembly (item proposed by Burkina Faso (A/68/145)).
* Issued in accordance with rule 12 of the rules of procedure.
1. This item remains on the agenda of the sixty-seventh session. Its inclusion in the draft agenda of the sixty-eighth session is subject to any action the Assembly may take on it at its sixty-seventh session.
2. This item, which has not yet been considered by the General Assembly at its sixty-seventh session, remains on the agenda of that session. Its inclusion in the draft agenda of the sixtyeighth session is subject to any action the Assembly may take on it at its sixty-seventh session.
3. This item remains on the agenda for consideration upon notification by a Member State