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The thirtieth session of the Commission on Population and Development was held at
United Nations Headquarters from 24 to 28 February 1997. Its central theme was
international migration, with special emphasis on the linkages between migration and
development, including gender issues and the family.
The documents before the Commission included a report on world population monitoring,
focusing on the theme of the session. The report provided a summary of recent information
on selected aspects of international migration and covered such topics as the
international migration agenda from Bucharest to Cairo; migration dynamics; international
migration policies; documented and undocumented migrants; refugees and asylum-seekers;
labour migration; gender issues; and interlinkages between migration and development.
Other reports covered the monitoring of population programmes; activities on international
migration of the Administrative Committee on Coordination (ACC) Task Force on Basic Social
Services for All; activities of intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations in
the area of international migration; flows of financial resources in international
assistance for population; programme performance and implementation in the field of
population in 1996; proposed programme of work for the biennium 1998-1999; world
demographic trends; and a report responding to the agreed conclusions 1996/1, adopted by
the Economic and Social Council at its substantive session of 1996, on coordination of the
United Nations system activities for poverty eradication.
The Commission considered follow-up actions to the recommendations of the Conference on
Population and Development, adopting two resolutions in that regard. It also recommended
to the Economic and Social Council the adoption of a draft resolution in which the
Council, inter alia, would urge both the Statistics Division and the Population Division
of the United Nations Secretariat, along with other relevant organizations, to collaborate
in the dissemination of the new set of recommendations on statistics of international
migration, and call upon all relevant organs, organizations and programmes of the United
Nations system and other intergovernmental, regional and subregional organizations to
collaborate and coordinate their efforts in examining international migration and
development. Recognizing the need for further analysis of international migration and
development and the linkages among the social, economic, political and cultural factors
related to international migration and development, the Commission noted with interest
that the ACC Task Force on Basic Social Services for All would be holding a technical
symposium on international migration in 1998. Lastly, with regard to reporting
requirements, the Commission requested that the material normally included in the report
on the activities of intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations be integrated
into the reports on world population monitoring and the monitoring of population
programmes. The Commission decided to further consider the issue of reporting requirements
at its next session.
As in previous sessions, the Commission held a general debate during which members
exchanged views and national experiences in the area of population, particularly with
regard to the implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on
Population and Development.
In reviewing the implementation of the programme of work in the field of population in
1996 and the proposed programme of work for the biennium 1998-1999, the Commission
expressed appreciation for the high quality of the work of the Population Division. The
Commission adopted a resolution in which it stressed the importance of continuing the
basic work of the Population Division, emphasized the importance of the Population
Division's role as the secretariat to the Commission and underlined the need to further
enhance the Division's efficiency, effectiveness and capacity.
The Commission also approved the draft provisional agenda for its thirty-first session,
in 1998, and adopted the report of its thirtieth session.
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