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GA/9714
5 June 2000

General Assembly Plenary
Twenty-third Special Session
1st Meeting (AM)

GENERAL ASSEMBLY OPENS FIVE-DAY ‘WOMEN 2000’ SPECIAL SESSION,
WITH FOCUS ON GENDER EQUALITY, DEVELOPMENT, PEACE

Secretary-General Says ‘Future of This Planet Depends on Women’


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The Assembly allowed the Cook Islands, the Holy See, Niue, Switzerland and Tuvalu to participate in the work of the special session as observers. Associate members of the regional economic commissions were allowed to participate in the same capacity of observers that applied to their participation in the Fourth World Conference on Women. They are: American Samoa, Anguilla, Aruba, British Virgin Islands, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Guam, Hong Kong China, Macau China, Montserrat, the Netherlands Antilles, New Caledonia, Niue, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands. The observer for Palestine was also allowed to participate in the work of the special session.

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