|Last update: 17 February 2012|
The United Nations Programme of Assistance in the Teaching, Study, Dissemination and Wider Appreciation of International Law was established by General Assembly resolution 2099 (XX) of 20 December 1965 to contribute to a better knowledge of international law “as a means for strengthening international peace and security and promoting friendly relations and co-operation among States”. It is one of the cornerstones of the efforts of the United Nations to promote international law. Its continuation was subsequently authorized by the Assembly through the adoption of resolutions at its annual sessions until its twenty-sixth session, and thereafter biennially. At its sixty-fourth session, the General Assembly decided to consider this agenda item on an annual basis (resolution 64/113).
The Programme of Assistance provides direct assistance in the field of international law by means of: (i) fellowship programmes and regional courses in international law; and (ii) the preparation and dissemination of publications and other information relating to international law.
Implementation of the Programme of Assistance
In the performance of the functions entrusted to him by the General Assembly in relation to the Programme of Assistance, the Secretary-General is assisted by the Advisory Committee on the United Nations Programme of Assistance in the Teaching, Study, Dissemination and Wider Appreciation of International Law.
The members of the Advisory Committee are elected by the General Assembly for a period of four years. The following 25 Member States were elected members of the Advisory Committee at the sixty-sixth session of the General Assembly, beginning on 1 January 2012 and ending on 31 December 2015: Argentina, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Ghana, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Italy, Kenya, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Portugal, Russian Federation, Sudan, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania and United States of America. (resolution 66/97).
The Secretary-General reports to the General Assembly on the implementation of the Programme and, following consultations with the Advisory Committee on the Programme, which meets annually in the autumn, submits recommendations regarding its execution in subsequent years.
The Codification Division of the Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations is responsible for implementing the Programme of Assistance.
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