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UNITED
NATIONS
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        Economic and Social Council
E/2004/34/Rev.1
E/ICEF/2004/7/Rev.1

21 December 2005



Executive Board of the United Nations Children’s Fund


Report on the first, second and annual sessions of 2004



Part one
First regular session of 2004


Held at United Nations Headquarters from 19 to 23 and 26 January 2004



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B. Approval of revised country programme documents

17. The President said that in accordance with decision 2002/4, the Board had commented on the draft country programme documents (CPDs) and approved the aggregate indicative budgets for 13 country programmes at the annual session of 2003 (see decision 2003/6). The draft CPDs had been revised, taking into account, as appropriate, comments made by delegations during that session and a summary results matrix had been added. The revised CPDs had been posted on the UNICEF website by 1 November 2003. Decision 2002/4 also stated that the revised CPDs were to be approved by the Executive Board at the first regular session of 2004 on a no objection basis, unless five members informed the secretariat in writing, by 12 December 2003, of their wish to bring any country programme before the Board. Because no such comments had been received, the revised CPDs for Angola, Benin, Congo, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Ecuador, Kenya, Madagascar, Niger, Pakistan, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Somalia and the programmes for Palestinian children and women were approved.

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Part two
2004 annual session



Held at United Headquarters from 7 to 11 June 2004



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Middle East and North Africa

157. The Executive Board had before it the draft CPDs for the Islamic Republic of Iran and Iraq, as well as a recommendation to increase the other resources ceiling for the approved country programme for Iraq for 2004 (E/ICEF/2004/P/L.21 - E/ICEF/2004/L.23), which were introduced by the Regional Director. He also commented on recent developments in the region. While noting the peace advancement in the Sudan with the signing of the framework agreement, he referred to the “new and terrible conflict” in Darfur. On the Occupied Palestinian Territory, he said that unless there was a sudden lessening of the conflict or other improvements in the economy, there would be a major breakdown in the health and nutrition of children within the next few years. At the Arab League’s ministerial meeting, held in Tunis in March, a plan of action for the Arab child had been endorsed. A number of important recommendations on children had been adopted by the Arab League Summit in May.

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Part three
Second regular session of 2004




Held at United Nations Headquarters from 13 to 16 September 2004


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Middle East and North Africa

288. The report (E/ICEF/2004/P/L.33) was introduced by the Regional Director. Delegations commended UNICEF for the quality of reporting and close cooperation with Governments and donors. Others praised UNICEF for its involvement in post-conflict situations and countries in transition, for its evolving role in the region and for its effective work at the regional and community levels. One delegation expressed appreciation for the way UNICEF country offices dealt with the effect of the war on children, particularly those in Iraq and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and congratulated UNICEF on its timely Watching Briefs for Iraq.

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290. Two speakers said they appreciated the inclusion of children of the Occupied Palestinian Territory in the studies and evaluations. The Observer for Palestine expressed satisfaction with the survey on Palestinian children’s nutritional status , which had suffered as a result of the closures, curfews and siege, as noted in the report. Responding to questions about the lack of concrete recommendations for budgeting and implementation in the study, the Regional Director replied that the study recommended strengthening prevention and detection systems and highlighted an important connection between nutrition problems and isolated communities. UNICEF was working with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, WHO and Ministries to target those communities. The escalation of poverty might provoke further nutrition emergencies, especially in Gaza, and an additional nutritional survey was planned for this year.

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