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3 October 2005
03/10/2005

General Assembly
GA/SHC/3814

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Sixtieth General Assembly
Third Committee
1st & 2nd Meetings (AM & PM)

EQUALITY SHOULD BE AT FOREFRONT OF SOCIO-ECONOMIC POLICYMAKING,
THIRD COMMITTEE TOLD AT BEGINNING OF DEBATE ON SOCIAL ISSUES

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Background

The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) met today to begin its general discussion of social development.

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Introductory Statements on Social Development

JOMO KWAME SUNDARAM, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, speaking on behalf of Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, José Antonio Ocampo, introduced the Report on the World Social Situation 2005 (document A/60/117), which dealt with inequality.  He said inequality was inconsistent with the vision of the United Nations Charter, but was, however, increasingly difficult to address and was exacerbated by various aspects of recent developments, especially globalization.  Inequality also confounded efforts at poverty eradication and, thus, hindered the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.  Furthermore, it reflected the persistence of social injustice.

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Statements

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HESHAM AFIFI ( Egypt) said the right to development was a basic human right and was fundamental for socio-economic development and peace.  Much still remained to be done to achieve all the Copenhagen objectives to reduce and eliminate poverty, disease, unemployment and other social ills.  Development was a national responsibility.  Further national and international efforts were needed to support policies to make societies inclusive for all members.  The closure policies pursued by Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territories had undermined the Palestinians’ ability to achieve social development and had impeded the rights of women, children and the family.

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