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        General Assembly
27 October 2009

Original: English

Third Committee

Summary record of the 11th meeting
Held at Headquarters, New York, on Tuesday, 13 October 2009, at 3 p.m.

Chairperson: Mr. Pérez (Vice-Chairperson) .......................................................................... (Peru)


Agenda item 62: Advancement of women ( continued)
(a) Advancement of women (continued)
(b) Implementation of the outcome of the Fourth World Conference on Women and of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly ( continued)

In the absence of Mr. Penke (Latvia), Mr. Pérez (Peru), Vice-Chairperson, took the Chair.

The meeting was called to order at 3.05 p.m.

Agenda item 62: Advancement of women (continued) (A/64/38)

(a) Advancement of women (continued ) (A/64/79-E/2009/74; A/64/151, 152, 164, 190 and 342)

(b) Implementation of the outcome of the Fourth World Conference on Women and of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly (continued) (A/64/218)


45. Ms. Simovich (Israel) ...


49. In a world of strife, women often provided continuity and sanity. For example the Golda Meir Mount Carmel Training Center, established in 1961 by the Israeli National Agency for International Development Cooperation (MASHAV), had been engaged in training activities with its Palestinian partners for more than a decade. To date, it had organized 18 seminars bringing together groups of 18 Israeli and Palestinian women for intensive dialogue and the forging of friendships. Those seminars might seem like small steps but every step, no matter how small, contributed to confidence-building. Her delegation would continue to work with other States to further the advancement of women and stood ready to share its best practices.


56. Ms. Hammad (Yemen) ...


57. Yemen was working to ensure women’s participation in decision making. Yemeni women had been remarkably successful in leadership roles: there were women ministers, ambassadors, judges and lawyers. The President’s electoral programme had included integrating women in the political, economic and social life of the country. As a part of the ongoing political reform, a female quota of 15 per cent had been determined for Parliament. However, her delegation was concerned at the situation of women in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. The international community must take action to alleviate their suffering and end the occupation.


77. Ms. Shawish (Libyan Arab Jamahiriya) ...


78. Her country was concerned at the physical and psychological suffering of Palestinian women under Israeli occupation. The report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict concerning human rights in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories (A/HRC/12/48) detailed some of the most recent of those human rights abuses.


The meeting rose at 6.25 p.m.

This record is subject to correction. Corrections should be sent under the signature of a member of the delegation concerned within one week of the date of publication to the Chief of the Official Records Editing Section, room DC2-750, 2 United Nations Plaza, and incorporated in a copy of the record.

Corrections will be issued after the end of the session, in a separate corrigendum for each Committee.

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