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UNITED
NATIONS
E

        Economic and Social Council
PROVISIONAL
E/1999/SR.39
26 July 1999

Original: ENGLISH

ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL
Substantive session of 1999
PROVISIONAL SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 39th MEETING
Held at the Palais des Nations, Geneva,
on Monday, 26 July 1999, at 10 a.m.
President: Mr. WIBISONO (Indonesia)
(Vice­President)

CONTENTS

TRIBUTE TO THE MEMORY OF HIS MAJESTY HASSAN II, KING OF MOROCCO

ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL QUESTIONS (continued)

(a) SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (continued)

(b) SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FOR DEVELOPMENT (continued)

(c) STATISTICS (continued)

(d) HUMAN SETTLEMENTS (continued)

(e) ENVIRONMENT (continued)

(f) WOMEN IN DEVELOPMENT

(g) TRANSPORT OF DANGEROUS GOODS

(h) INTERNATIONAL DECADE FOR NATURAL DISASTER REDUCTION

(i) POPULATION AND DEVELOPMENT

(j) INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION IN TAX MATTERS

(k) ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES FOR DEVELOPMENT

IMPLEMENTATION OF THE DECLARATION ON THE GRANTING OF INDEPENDENCE TO COLONIAL COUNTRIES AND PEOPLES BY THE SPECIALIZED AGENCIES AND THE INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THE UNITED NATIONS

ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS OF THE ISRAELI OCCUPATION ON THE LIVING CONDITIONS OF THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE IN THE OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORY, INCLUDING JERUSALEM, AND THE ARAB POPULATION IN THE OCCUPIED SYRIAN GOLAN


In the absence of Mr. Fulci (Italy), Mr. Wibisono (Indonesia),
Vice­President, took the Chair.

The meeting was called to order at 10.15 a.m.


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ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS OF THE ISRAELI OCCUPATION ON THE LIVING CONDITIONS OF THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE IN THE OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORY, INCLUDING JERUSALEM, AND THE ARAB POPULATION IN THE OCCUPIED SYRIAN GOLAN
(agenda item 11) (A/54/152-E/1999/92)

The PRESIDENT informed the Council that a draft resolution on that agenda item was about to be issued (E/1999/32).

Ms. AL-BASSAM (Chief, New York Office for Regional Commissions), introducing the note by the Secretary­General (A/54/152-E/1999/92), said that, in addressing the various elements contained in the resolutions on which a report had been requested, it was as important to bear in mind the overall perspective of other relevant United Nations resolutions as it was to note that, since 1967, each report of the Secretary-General had provided authoritative accounts and analyses of the economic and social repercussions of the Israeli occupation. Council resolution 1998/32 and the report under consideration both showed that the negative impact of the occupation on the land and people had been all-pervasive and all-encompassing, to the point of assaulting human dignity.

She listed various areas in which the situation had deteriorated badly, including the continued upsurge in settlement expansion; denial of the right of Palestinian holders of East Jerusalem identity documents to live in occupied East Jerusalem; the deprivation of more than half a million Palestinians of regular sources of water; the reduction in the number of Palestinian workers in Israel; a reduced share of private investment in gross domestic product (GDP); and the Israeli occupation's macroeconomic impact on the occupied territory, where the continued ambiguity of the legal and political situation inhibited investment and growth.

Recent improvements following Israel's General Election had been generally welcomed, as had been the prospect of peace. However, until peace proved to be enduring and was based on the fundamental principles enshrined in the Charter, the situation would continue to be troubling for the region and the world. The Council's deliberations on the subject could thus be a timely contribution reflecting the international community's collective views on some of the complex issues surrounding the process.
The meeting rose at 12.55 p.m.

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