Last update: 24 April 2014
     

 

Mandate

Pursuant to General Assembly resolution 67/99, the Ad Hoc Committee established by General Assembly resolution 51/210 met at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 8 to 12 April 2013 to continue to elaborate the draft comprehensive convention on international terrorism and to discuss the item included in its agenda by Assembly resolution 54/110 concerning the question of convening a high-level conference under the auspices of the United Nations (A/68/37).

There is no Ad Hoc Committee envisaged in 2014. In its resolution 68/119, taking into account the recommendation of the Ad Hoc Committee that more time was required to achieve substantive progress on the outstanding issues, the General Assembly decided to recommend that the Sixth Committee, at the sixty-ninth session of the General Assembly, establish a working group with a view to finalizing the process on the draft comprehensive convention on international terrorism as well as discussions on the item included in its agenda by Assembly resolution 54/110 concerning the question of convening a high-level conference under the auspices of the United Nations.

Background

In 1996 the General Assembly, in resolution 51/210 of 17 December, decided to establish an Ad Hoc Committee to elaborate an international convention for the suppression of terrorist bombings and, subsequently, an international convention for the suppression of acts of nuclear terrorism, to supplement related existing international instruments, and thereafter to address means of further developing a comprehensive legal framework of conventions dealing with international terrorism.

This mandate has continued to be revised and renewed on an annual basis by the General Assembly in its resolutions on the agenda item "Measures to eliminate inernational terrorism".

The Ad Hoc Committee's mandate is further framed by the following two declarations adopted by the General Assembly:

  • the 1994 Declaration on Measures to Eliminate International Terrorism, Res. 49/60 of 9 December 1994; and
  • the 1996 Declaration to Supplement the 1994 Declaration on Measures to Eliminate International Terrorism, Res. 51/210 of 17 December 1996

Working methods

The pattern of meetings of the Ad hoc Committee has been such that it has held one session per year over a one or two week period, usually early in the year. The work is then continued in the framework of a Working Group of the Sixth Committee held later in the year during the regular session of the General Assembly. The Ad hoc Committee did not meet in 2012 and will not meet in 2014. The working Group was not convened in 2013.

The Ad Hoc Committee works on the basis that nothing is agreed until everything is agreed.

The Committee is open to all States members of the United Nations or members of specialized agencies or of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Product of the Ad Hoc Committee's work

Since its establishment, the Ad Hoc Committee has negotiated several texts resulting in the adoption of three treaties:

  • the International Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings adopted by the General Assembly in resolution 52/164 of 15 December 1997 (status); and
  • the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism adopted by the General Assembly in resolution 54/109 of 9 December 1999 as corrected (status);
  • the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism adopted by the General Assembly in resolution 59/290 of 13 April 2005 (status)

By the end of 2000, work had begun on a draft comprehensive convention on international terrorism. For an indication of subsequent developments concerning the negotiations of the draft comprehensive convention, the following documents may be consulted: A/57/37, A/59/894, A/C.6/60/L.6, A/61/37, A/C.6/61/SR.21, A/62/37, A/C.6/62/SR.16, A/63/37, A/C.6/63/SR.14, A/64/37, A/C.6/64/SR.14, A/65/37, A/C.6/65/L.10, A/66/37, A/C.6/66/SR.28, A/C.6/67/SR.23, and A/68/37.

 

 
 
 
 
     

 

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