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        Economic and Social Council

9 March 2007

United Nations
Commission on the Status
of Women

Report on the fifty-first session
(26 February-9 March 2007)

Economic and Social Council
Official Records, 2007

Chapter I

Matters calling for action by the Economic and Social Council or brought to its attention


B. Draft resolution for adoption by the Council

2. The Commission on the Status of Women recommends to the Economic and Social Council the adoption of the following draft resolution:


Chapter II

Follow-up to the Fourth World Conference on Women and to the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly entitled “Women 2000: gender equality, development and peace for the twenty-first century”

1. The Commission considered item 3 of the agenda at its 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 13th meetings, on 26, 27, 28 February and 1, 2, 7 and 9 March. It had before it the following documents:


(c) Report of the Secretary-General on the situation of and assistance to Palestinian women (E/CN.6/2007/4*);


Situation of and assistance to Palestinian women

57. At the 11th meeting, on 7 March, the representative of Pakistan, on behalf of States Members of the United Nations that are members of the Group of 77 and China, introduced a draft resolution entitled “Situation of and assistance to Palestinian women” (E/CN.6/2007/L.2).

58. At its 13th meeting, on 9 March, the Commission was advised that the draft resolution contained no programme budget implications.

59. At the same meeting, the representative of Pakistan orally revised the text of the draft resolution as follows:

(a) In the seventh preambular paragraph, the word “on” was replaced by the word “in” after the words “from Israeli military operations”;

(b) In the eighth preambular paragraph, the words “ Expressing deep concern about the detrimental financial impact of the siege” were replaced by the words “ Expressing the importance of providing assistance, especially emergency assistance, to alleviate the harmful impact of the financial crisis”;

(c) In the ninth preambular paragraph, the words “issued on 31 August 2005” were inserted after the words “report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights”; the word “mothers’” after the word “Palestinian” was replaced by the word “women”; and the word “Israeli” was deleted before the word “practice”;

(d) A new preambular paragraph was added before paragraph 1, which read as follows:

“Emphasizing the importance of increasing the role of women in decision-making with regard to conflict prevention and resolution as part of efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of all women in the region”;

(e) In paragraph 1, the word “serious” was replaced by the word “intensified” before the word “measures”;

(f) In paragraph 2, the words “and encourages all women in the region to take an active role in supporting the peace process” was inserted at the end of the paragraph.

60. At its 13th meeting, the Commission adopted the draft resolution on the situation of and assistance to Palestinian women, as orally revised, by a recorded vote of 40 to 2, with 0 abstention (see chap. I, sect. B). The voting was as follows:*

In favour:
Algeria, Armenia, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Congo, Croatia, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Nigeria, Peru, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Suriname, Thailand, Togo, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United Republic of Tanzania.

Against :
Canada, United States of America.


* The representatives of Lesotho and Zambia indicated that had their delegations been present at the time of the vote, they would have voted in favour of the draft resolution.

61. Before the adoption of the draft resolution, a statement was made by the representative of Israel; after the adoption of the draft resolution, statements in explanation of vote were made by the representatives of the United States, Germany (on behalf of the European Union) and Canada.

62. A statement was also made by the observer for Palestine.


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