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UNITED
NATIONS
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        General Assembly
A/61/3/Rev.1
11 July 2007

Official Records
Sixty-first Session
Supplement No. 3 (A/61/3/Rev.1)



Report of the Economic and
Social Council for 2006




Chapter I
Matters calling for action by or brought to the attention of the General Assembly

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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 East Jerusalem, and the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan (item 11)


Economic and social repercussions of the Israeli occupation on the living conditions of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan

7. By resolution 2006/43, the Council requested the Secretary-General to submit to the General Assembly at its sixty-first session, through the Council, a report on the implementation of the resolution and to continue to include in the report of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Personal Representative of the Secretary-General to the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority, an update on the living conditions of the Palestinian people, in collaboration with relevant United Nations agencies.

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Chapter VII
General segment

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F. 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

88. The Council held a discussion on the 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) at its 35th, 36th and 42nd meetings, on 21, 24 and 27 July 2006. An account of the discussion is contained in the relevant summary records (E/2006/SR.35, 36 and 42). The Council had before it a note by the Secretary-General (A/61/67-E/2006/13) transmitting the report prepared by the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia on the economic and social repercussions of the Israeli occupation on the living conditions of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan.

89. At the 35th meeting, on 21 July, the Chief of the Regional Commissions New York Office made an introductory statement.

Action taken by the Council

90. Under agenda item 11, the Council adopted resolution 2006/43 and decision 2006/249.

Economic and social repercussions of the Israeli occupation on the living conditions of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan

91. At the 36th meeting, on 24 July, the representative of Saudi Arabia, on behalf of Algeria,2 Azerbaijan,2 Bahrain,2 Bangladesh, Chad, Cuba, Indonesia, Jordan,2 Malaysia,2 Mauritania, Morocco,2 Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and Palestine, introduced a draft resolution (E/2006/L.17) entitled “Economic and social repercussions of the Israeli occupation on the living conditions of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan”, which read as follows:

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2In accordance with General Assembly resolution 52/250.

92. At its 42nd meeting, on 27 July, the Council had before it a revised draft resolution (E/2006/L.17/Rev.1) entitled “Economic and social repercussions of the Israeli occupation on the living conditions of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan”, introduced by the representative of Saudi Arabia, on behalf of the sponsors of draft resolution E/2006/L.17 as well as Egypt.2 The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela2 subsequently joined in sponsoring the draft resolution.

93. At the same meeting, the Council adopted the revised draft resolution by a roll-call vote of 45 to 3, with 3 abstentions. See Council resolution 2006/43. The voting was as follows:

In favour:
Albania, Armenia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Brazil, Chad, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Denmark, France, Germany, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Madagascar, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania.

Against:
Australia, Canada, United States of America.

Abstaining:
Czech Republic, Poland, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

94. Before the adoption of the draft resolution, a statement was made by the representative of the United States of America and the observer for Finland (on behalf of the European Union and the acceding countries Bulgaria and Romania, the candidate countries Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey and the countries of the stabilization and association process and potential candidates Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia, as well as Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova). A statement in explanation of vote before the vote was made by the representative of Costa Rica. Statements in explanation of vote after the vote were made by the representatives of the United States of America, the Russian Federation, Japan, India and Canada. Statements were made by the observer for the Syrian Arab Republic and the observer for Palestine.

Document considered by the Council in connection with agenda item 11

95. At its 42nd meeting, on 27 July, on the proposal of the President of the Council, the Council took note of the note by the Secretary-General transmitting the report prepared by the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (A/61/67-E/2006/13) on the economic and social repercussions of the Israeli occupation on the living conditions of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan. See Council decision 2006/249.

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Recommendations contained in the report of the Commission on the Status of Women on its fiftieth session (E/2006/27 and Corr.1)

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234. At the 38th meeting, on 25 July, the Council adopted draft resolution II, entitled “Situation of and assistance to Palestinian women”, recommended by the Commission (see E/2006/27 and Corr.1, chap. I, sect. B) by a roll-call vote of 38 to 2, with 1 abstention. See Council resolution 2006/8. The voting was as follows:16

In favour:
Albania, Angola, Austria, Belgium, Belize, Benin, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Guyana, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Madagascar, Mauritania, Mexico, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Against:
Australia, United States of America.

Abstaining:
Haiti.

235. A statement in explanation of vote after the vote was made by the representative of Australia.

236. A statement was made by the representative of the United States of America.



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16The delegation of Canada subsequently indicated that, had it been present during the vote, it would have voted against the draft resolution. The delegations of Armenia, Brazil, Denmark, Guinea, Poland, the United Arab Emirates and the United Republic of Tanzania subsequently indicated that, had they been present, they would have voted in favour of the draft resolution.



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