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UNITED
NATIONS
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        Security Council
Distr.
GENERAL
S/2011/215
15 March 2011

Original: English


Letter dated 25 January 2011 from the Permanent Observer of the League of Arab States to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council


In accordance with Article 54 of the Charter of the United Nations, I have the honour to transmit herewith the resolutions adopted by the Arab Economic, Development and Social Summit at its second session, held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on 19 January 2011 (see annex).

I should be grateful if you would have the present letter and its annex circulated as a document of the Security Council.
(Signed) Yahya Mahmassani
Ambassador





Annex to the letter dated 25 January 2011 from the Permanent Observer of the League of Arab States to
the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council

[Original: Arabic]

Arab Economic, Development and Social Summit

Second session
Sharm el-Sheikh, 19 January A.D 2011 (15 Safar A.H. 1432)



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Report of the Secretary General on follow-up to implementation of the outcome and resolutions of the Arab Economic, Development and Social Summit (Kuwait, January 2009) and the regular Arab Summits held between 2001 and 2010


The Council of the League at the summit level,

Having considered the report of the Secretary General on follow-up to implementation of the outcome and resolutions of the Arab Economic, Development and Social Summit (Kuwait, January 2009) and the social and economic-related resolutions adopted by the regular Arab Summits that were held between 2001 and 2010,

Having noted the progress that has been made in implementing the outcome, declaration, programme of work and resolutions of the Arab Economic, Development and Social Summit (Kuwait, January 2009), and the efforts that are being exerted by member States, Ministerial Councils and the specialized Arab organizations in following up the implementation of the outcome and resolutions of that Summit and the resolutions adopted by the regular Arab Summits that were held between 2001 and 2010,

Affirming the need to continue endeavours to surmount the obstacles that have prevented effective and complete implementation of Summit resolutions,

Having noted the evaluation in the report of the Secretary General of what has been implemented and the proposals for overcoming obstacles to effective and complete implementation of Summit resolutions,

Having heard the presentation made by the Secretary General of the League of Arab States on the progress that has been made in implementing the resolutions of the Arab Economic, Development and Social Summit (Kuwait, January 2009) and the regular Arab Summits held between 2001 and 2010, and on the financing problems that prevent the implementation of certain projects,

And in the light of discussions,

Decides:

First: Follow-up to implementation of the social and economic-related resolutions adopted by the Arab Economic, Development and Social Summit (Kuwait, January 2009):

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2. The health status of the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip:

(a) To take note of the support that had been provided by member States to the Palestinian people, particularly in the Gaza Strip.

(b) To take note of the efforts that had been exerted by the Council of Arab Ministers of Health to maintain and rehabilitate the health status of the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip.

(c) To request the Arab States, in coordination with the Council of Arab Ministers of Health, to continue to provide support for the health sector in Gaza.

(d) To request the Council of Arab Ministers of Health, in coordination with the relevant Arab and international organizations, to formulate a plan for dealing with emergency health cases in the Palestinian territories and, in particular, the Gaza Strip.

(e) To maintain the Arab momentum in the United Nations and its relevant organizations for activating international agreements relating to the protection of civilians in time of war and living under military occupation, with the aim of facilitating humanitarian work and providing the Palestinian people with health assistance; and to work for the lifting of the siege that had been imposed on the Gaza Strip by Israel.

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4. Arab electricity linkage projects:

(a) To take note of the following:

– The positive steps that have been taken by Arab States with a view to facilitating operations related to existing linkages:

• The eight-party electrical link between Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Palestine,* the Syrian Arab Republic and Turkey.

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* The project for linking Palestine to the electricity resources of the Arab world does not involve the Israeli side at all. The Jordanian grid covers part of the West Bank (Jericho and the central West Bank) and will supply the north. Similarly, with funding from the Arab Fund, the Egyptian grid has been linked to the south of the Gaza Strip. Electricity in the central Gaza Strip is provided by an electricity generation station that is financed in full by the European Union and operated by the Palestinian Energy Authority.


5. Plans for Arab rail links:

(a) To take note of the steps that have been taken by the Council of Arab Ministers of Transport to implement those plans, and the effective start of implementation of the in-depth study on Arab rail links that was undertaken for the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development by companies with the relevant expertise.

(b) To take note of the Arab Development Bank strategy which prioritizes finance for projects of a regional character.

(c) To take note of current efforts in Arab States to implement the rail link project:

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– The implementation by Egypt of 50 per cent of the rail link between Ismailia and Rafah, on the borders of Palestine, a route which is 235 kilometres in length; laying out of the 170 kilometre line from Salloum to Tobruk, Libya; and preparation of studies on the 500 kilometres of line between Aswan and Wadi Halfa in northern Sudan.

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12. Improving education in the Arab world:

(a) To take note of the executive measures that have been taken in the two years since the launch of the plan for improving education in the Arab world (2009-2010).

(b) To take note of the attempts that are being made by the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization to provide technical support for the urgent requirements of countries with special needs, including the Comoros, Djibouti, Iraq, Palestine and Somalia, in implementing programmes and projects with priority for those countries.

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Arab projects in support of the steadfastness of Jerusalem


The Council of the League at the summit level,

Having considered:

The memorandum of the General Secretariat,

The letter from His Excellency the President of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas, Abu Mazen, and its annex, detailing Arab projects in support of the steadfastness of Jerusalem,

– Having heard the clarifications of the General Secretariat, and

– In the light of the deliberations,

Decides:

To commission the General Secretariat, in coordination with the Palestinian National Authority, the relevant Arab organizations and Arab funding institutions, to study the projects that have been put forward by Palestine with the aim of supporting the steadfastness of Jerusalem in the face of Israeli measures to Judaize the city, with a view to funding those projects from the Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa Funds, as appropriate.

Summit resolution No. 23, regular session 2, third meeting, 19 January 2011.



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