96/18.  Publications programme of the United Nations Population Fund

 

The Executive Board

1.             Takes note of the report of the Executive Director on the effectiveness of the publications programme of the United Nations Population Fund (DP/FPA/1996/14) and reaffirms the importance of information and advocacy activities that should enable the promotion of increased awareness and better understanding of Fund activities;

2.             Also takes note of the efforts undertaken by the United Nations Population Fund to make most of its publications available in different languages and requests the Executive Director also to take into consideration the linguistic balances in developing the electronic dissemination of information;

3.             Encourages the Executive Director to give special attention to the needs of the Information and External Relations Division publications programme to support information, education and communication efforts at the national and local levels with appropriate means;

4.             Requests the Executive Director, in order to strengthen the publications of the United Nations Population Fund, to further develop policy and strategy in the area of communication and information, in the context of the role of the United Nations Population Fund in advocacy and in consultation with the members of the Board as well as with observers and non-governmental organizations, which takes account of the need to prioritize its publications with special attention to the content of other publications of the United Nations and the financial and human constraints of the Fund;

5.              Also requests the Executive Director to submit to the Executive Board the strategy referred to in paragraph 4 above prior to the session that will examine the biennial budget estimates for 1998-1999 for administrative and programme support services;

6.             Further requests the Executive Director to present in the document concerning the presentation of the biennial budget estimates for 1998-1999 detailed costs of publications, including information on the distribution of publications;

7.             Requests the Executive Director to examine and to propose to the Executive Board recommendations to facilitate the timely collection and dissemination of current data contained in the Inventory of Population Projects in Developing Countries Around the World and of the Guide to Sources of International Population Assistance.

    28 March 1996