Assembly Acts on Wide Range of Social Concerns

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The General Assembly on 4 December adopted six resolutions without a vote on a wide range of social concerns - youth, crime prevention and criminal justice, aging, and the disabled.

By resolution 41/98, the Assembly called on States, governmental and non-governmental organizations, United Nations bodies and specialized agencies to continue to give priority to formulating and implementing effective measures to secure the exercise by youth of the right to education and work in conditions of peace, with a view to resolving their unemployment problem.

The Assembly, in resolution 41/97 asked the Secretary-General to promote intensively the inclusion of youth-related projects and activities in United Nations programmes and stressed the importance of the active and direct participation of youth and youth organizations in activities organized at the national, regional and international levels.

Governments were urged to undertake the necessary measures to strengthen their focus on youth programmes and policies and were invited to consider the regular inclusion of youth representatives in their delegations to the General Assembly and other relevant United Nations meetings.

Resolution 41/99 called for full implementation of guidelines adopted by the Assembly in 1977 and 1981 to improve the channels of communication between the United Nations and youth and youth organizations by concrete measures reflecting the issues of importance to young people. The Secretary-General was asked to make use of existing structures of Youth cooperation vis-a-vis the United Nations system.

By resolution 41/107, the Assembly urged Member States and the Secretary-General to make every effort to translate into practical action the recommendations, policies and conclusions of the Seventh United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (Vienna, 26 August-6 September 1985) and to ensure adequate follow-up. Priority attention should be accorded to the serious forms of crime identified in the Milan Plan of Action adopted by the Seventh Congress.

Member States were invited to contribute to the United Nations trust fund for social defence to facilitate appropriate technical co-operation and exchange of information and experience in the field of crime prevention and control.

By resolution 41/96 on aging, the Assembly requested the Secretary-General, in line with the 1982 International Plan of Action on Aging, to promote training centres for personnel required in the field of aging. Governments were urged to strengthen their efforts to implement the Plan "within the context of their own national priorities, cultures and traditions". The Secretary-General was also asked to respond favourably to the request of the African Regional Conference on Aging for assistance in establishing an African gerontological society. …