Forty-sixth session

WPR/RC46.R16

International Decade of the World's Indigenous People

         The Regional Committee,

         Recalling United Nations General Assembly resolutions 48/163 and 49/214, proclaiming the International Decade of the World's Indigenous People, which, inter alia, request specialized agencies to consider how they can contribute to it;

         Recalling World Health Assembly resolutions WHA47.27 and WHA48.24, which, inter alia, agree that WHO should participate in, plan for and implement the objectives of the International Decade of the World's Indigenous People, and request the Director-General to report to the Forty-ninth World Health Assembly on measures implemented by WHO at the regional level;

         Noting that the goal of the International Decade of the World's Indigenous People is the strengthening of international cooperation for the resolution of problems faced by indigenous people in such areas as health;

         Noting also that the United Nations General Assembly at its fiftieth session is expected to adopt a final comprehensive programme of action for the Decade which designates the theme for the second year of the Decade, 1996, as "Improving Living Conditions and Health";

         Mindful of WHO's objective of health for all by the year 2000;

  1. INVITES Member States to participate fully in the development of the health aspects of the final comprehensive programme of action for the Decade of the World's Indigenous People to be considered by the United Nations General Assembly at its fiftieth session, in particular, the programme for 1996;
  2. REQUESTS the Regional Director:
    (1) to collect information from Member States on their progress in promoting an environment which improves and protects the health of indigenous people;
    (2) to transmit to the Executive Board at its ninety-seventh session, through the Director-General, a report on progress within the Region in planning for and implementing the objectives of the International Decade of the World's Indigenous People in accordance with resolution WHA48.24.

15 September 1995


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