United Nations General Assembly Resolution 31/186

December 21, 1976


The General Assembly

Recalling its resolution 3336 (XXIX) of 17 December 1974 entitled "Permanent sovereignty over national resources in the occupied Arab territories",

Recalling further its resolution 3516 (XXX) of 15 December 1975 on the same subject, in which it was noted that the report of the Secretary-General on the adverse economic effects on the Arab States and peoples resulting from repeated Israeli aggression and continued occupation of their territories 1/ was inadequate in that it did not incorporate the necessary substantive and comprehensive studies required in conformity with paragraph 5 of resolution 3336 (XXIX), the related statements made at the twenty-ninth session of the General Assembly on behalf of the cosponsors of the resolution 2/ and submitted by the Secretary-General on the administrative and financial implications,3/ as well as the recommendation of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions,4/

Noting that in its resolution 3516 (XXX) the Secretary-General was requested to submit to the General Assembly at its thirty-first session his final comprehensive report, which should fulfil the above-mentioned requirements, taking into account the related statements on the administrative and financial implications submitted by the Secretary-General 5/ and approved by the Assembly at its thirtieth session,

Taking into account the note by the Secretary-General of 1 November 1976,6/

Bearing in mind the pertinent provisions of its resolutions 3201 (S-VI) and 3202 (S-VI) of 1 May 1974, containing the Declaration and the Programme of Action on the Establishment of a New International Economic Order, and 3281 (XXIX) of 12 December 1974, containing the Charter of Economic Rights and Duties of States,

1. Reaffirms the right of the Arab States and peoples whose territories are under Israeli occupation to regain full and effective control over their natural and all other resources and economic activities, as well as the rights of those States, territories and peoples to the restitution and full compensation for the exploitation, loss and depletion of, and damage to, their natural and all other resources and economic activities;

2. Takes note of the regret expressed in the note by the Secretary-General that the submission of the report as requested by the General Assembly in resolutions 3336 (XXIX) and 3516 (XXX) and of the related statements will be postponed until the thirty-second session of the Assembly;

3. Requests the Secretary-General to take immediately all the measures necessary to secure the submission to the General Assembly at its thirty-second session of his final substantive comprehensive report, which should fulfil all of the above-mentioned requirements;

4. Requests the heads of the relevant specialized agencies and United Nations organs, particularly the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and the Economic Commission for Western Asia, to cooperate actively and adequately with the Secretary-General in the preparation of his final substantive comprehensive report.


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1/ A/10290 and Add.2.

2/ See Official Records of the General Assembly, Twenty-ninth Session, Second Committee, 1635th meeting.

3/ A/C.2/L.1385, A/C.5/1649.

4/ Official Records of the General Assembly, Twenty-ninth Session, Annexes, agenda item 73, document A/9978/Add.1, para. 4.

5/ A/C.2/L.1494, A/C.5/1759.

6/ A/31/284.


Source: The United Nations.