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        General Assembly
13 November 2007

Original: English

Sixty-second session
Official Records

Third Committee

Summary record of the 11th meeting
Held at Headquarters, New York, on Tuesday, 16 October 2007, at 10 a.m.

Chairman: Mr. Ashiri (Vice-Chairman) ............................................................................ (Japan)


Agenda item 63: Advancement of women ( continued)

(a) Advancement of women (continued)

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

In the absence of Mr. Wolf (Jamaica), Mr. Ashiri (Japan ), Vice-Chairman, took the chair.
The meeting was called to order at 10 a.m.

Agenda item 63: Advancement of women (continued) (A/62/38, A/62/177, A/62/202 and A/62/290)

(a) Advancement of women (continued) (A/62/173, A/62/201 and A/62/188)

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


15. Ms. Abdelhady-Nassar (Observer for Palestine) said that 2007 marked the fortieth year of Israeli military occupation in the Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem. The occupation had placed a particularly heavy burden on Palestinian women who struggled daily to ensure the well-being of their families. Palestinian women continued to face a unique and tragic situation that required the attention of the international community. Not only did they have to fight to achieve their inalienable human rights and freedom, but they also had to strive alongside the women of the world to play an active and effective role in their own society. Although the Palestinian Authority had established a Ministry for Women’s Affairs, the Israeli occupation remained the major obstacle to women’s social, economic and political advancement.

16. Israel’s military assaults and raids on civilian areas in the Occupied Palestinian Territory had caused the displacement and homelessness of Palestinian women and their families, affecting all aspects of their lives and their ability to contribute positively to their society. The situation was particularly dire in the Gaza Strip, where 90 per cent of the besieged population lives under the poverty level. Urgent attention and assistance must be given to the people in the devastated Gaza Strip, especially the women, children and elderly, as they were the most vulnerable members of society.

17. The Palestinian people wanted peace and looked to the international community and international law as the guarantors of the peace to which they aspired. She wished to convey Palestine’s deep gratitude to all the United Nations agencies and programmes and the many international organizations which continued to provide valuable and much-needed assistance to Palestinian women and their families.


28. Ms. Al-Kasadi (Yemen) ...


29. ... She wished to express the steadfast support of Yemeni women for Palestinian women who were being deprived of their rights as a result of the Israeli occupation. Development, peace and security could not be achieved without equal rights for women.


The meeting rose at 12.55 p.m.

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Corrections will be issued after the end of the session, in a separate corrigendum for each Committee.

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