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        General Assembly
5 November 2007

Original: English

Sixty-second session
Official Records

Third Committee

Summary record of the 9th meeting
Held at Headquarters, New York, on Monday, 15 October 2007, at 10 a.m.

Chairman: Mr. Wolfe .................................................................................... (Jamaica)


Agenda item 63: Advancement of women

(a) Advancement of women

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

The meeting was called to order at 10.10 a.m.

Agenda item 63: Advancement of Women (A/61/283 and 303)

(a) Advancement of women (A/62/38, 177, 201, 202 and 290)

(b) Implementation of the outcome of the Fourth World Conference on Women and of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly (A/62/178)


30. Ms. Halabi (Syrian Arab Republic) requested further information on how the issue of violence against women was being addressed in the occupied Palestinian territories and in all occupied territories, including the Golan Heights. She agreed with the representative of Cuba concerning the importance of implementing the outcomes of the Beijing Conference.


35. Ms. Hannan (Director of the Division for the Advancement of Women) ...


37. In response to the representative of the Syrian Arab Republic, she referred to another project in the occupied Palestinian territories, a joint Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)/DAW workshop with countries of the region, as a follow-up to the concluding comments of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. Violence against women was one of the issues to be addressed. She did not have further information on the particular initiative mentioned by the representative of the Syrian Arab Republic, but such information could be obtained.

38. Ms. Sandler (Ad Interim Executive Director, United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)) said that UNIFEM had taken a number of initiatives for Palestinian women, including support to women’s centres, and programmes to provide them with livelihoods and to combat violence against women. With regard to progress in gender mainstreaming at the country level, there was a great deal of conceptual confusion among senior managers as to how it should be defined. Therefore, greater focus was planned on system-wide strategies and plans and expectations of senior managers and country teams in that area, including development of performance indicators. The resolutions on violence against women adopted at the sixty-first session had stimulated action and response at both the country and regional levels, although much remained to be done.

39. Ms. Halabi (Syrian Arab Republic) said that she would like to hear more about the global campaign on behalf of Palestinian women in the next report of the Secretary-General.

40. Ms. Mayanja (Assistant Secretary-General and Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women) said that the programme was in the process of being developed, and would be given more focus and prominence in future reports.


70. Mr. Saeed (Sudan) ...


72. Further gains for women in their role as genuine partners in all walks of life would, however, be achieved only through enhanced international coordination and cooperation, technical assistance and national capacity-building aimed at ensuring fulfilment of the commitments made for the empowerment and advancement of women. On a closing note, he urged immediate United Nations action that would not only end the daily tragedy of Palestinian women suffering under the Israeli occupation and embargo but also guarantee their right to a decent life of freedom in an independent homeland.


The meeting rose at 1 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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