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UNITED
NATIONS
A

        General Assembly
Distr.
GENERAL
A/58/3 (Part II)
12 September 2003

Original: English

Fifty-eighth session
Agenda item 12
Report of the Economic and Social Council


Report of the Economic and Social Council for 2003*

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* The present report is a preliminary version of those sections of the report of the Economic and Social Council relating to the organizational and resumed organizational sessions for 2003 and the substantive session of 2003. The section relating to the resumed substantive session will be issued as an addendum to the present report. The entire report will be issued in final form as Official Records of the General Assembly, Fifty-eighth Session, Supplement No. 3 (A/58/3/Rev.1).


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Chapter VII

General segment

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F. Economic and social repercussions of the Israeli occupation on the living conditions of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, and the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan

62. The Council held a discussion on the economic and social repercussions of the Israeli occupation on the living conditions of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, and the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan (agenda item 11) at its 41st and 48th meetings, on 18 and 24 July 2003 (for the discussion, see E/2003/SR.41 and 48). It had before it the note by the Secretary-General transmitting the report prepared by the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia on the economic and social repercussions of the Israeli occupation on the living conditions of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, and the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan (A/58/75-E/2003/21).

63. At the 41st meeting, on 18 July, the Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia made an introductory statement (see E/2003/SR.41).

Action taken by the Council

64. Under agenda item 11, the Council adopted resolution 2003/59 and decision 2003/292.

Economic and social repercussions of the Israeli occupation on the living conditions of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, and the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan

65. At its 41st meeting, on 18 July, the representative of Egypt, on behalf of Algeria,2 Saudi Arabia, Bahrain,2 Bangladesh,2 Cuba, Egypt, Kuwait,2 Lebanon,2 Morocco,2 Oman,2 Pakistan, Qatar, Syrian Arab Republic,2 Sudan, the United Arab Emirates2 and Palestine2 introduced a draft resolution entitled “Economic and social repercussions of the Israeli occupation on the living conditions of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, and the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan” (E/2003/L.26). Subsequently, Jordan, Malaysia, Namibia and Yemen joined in sponsoring the draft resolution. The draft resolution read as follows:


66. At its 48th meeting, on 24 July, the Council had before it an informal paper containing the text of the draft resolution as agreed upon at informal consultations.

67. At the same meeting, the observer for Lebanon withdrew its sponsorship of the draft resolution.

68. At the same meeting, following a statement by the representative of the United States, the representative of Egypt put forward a motion to take action immediately on the draft resolution.

69. Also at its 48th meeting, the representatives of Pakistan and Cuba made statements in favour of the motion.

70. At the same meeting, the representatives of the United States and Australia made statements against the motion.

71. Also at its 48th meeting, the Council proceeded to a recorded vote, which was carried by a vote of 36 to 3, with 14 abstentions, to take action immediately on the draft resolution. The voting was as follows:

In favour:

Argentina, Azerbaijan, Benin, Bhutan, Burundi, China, Congo, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, India, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Malaysia, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, South Africa, Uganda, Zimbabwe.

Against :

Australia, Georgia, United States of America.

Abstaining:

Andorra, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Guatemala, Jamaica, Japan, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Peru, Republic of Korea, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

72. At its 48th meeting, the Council adopted the agreed text by a recorded vote of 48 to 2 with 3 abstentions. See Council resolution 2003/59. The voting was as follows:

In favour:

Andorra, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Benin, Bhutan, Brazil, Burundi, Chile, China, Congo, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, India, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Malaysia, Mozambique, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, South Africa, Sweden, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Zimbabwe.

Against:

Georgia, United States of America.

Abstaining:

Australia, Guatemala, Nicaragua.

73. Before the adoption of the draft resolution, statements were made by the representatives of the United States and Australia. After the adoption of the draft resolution, statements were made by the representatives of Japan, Peru, the Russian Federation and China. A statement was made by the observer for Israel. The observer for Palestine also made a statement.

Document considered by the Council in connection with item 11

74. At its 48th meeting, on 25 July, on the proposal of the Vice-President of the Council, Marjatta Rasi (Finland), the Council took note of the report of the Secretary-General on the economic and social repercussions of the Israeli occupation on the living conditions of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem, and the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan (A/58/75-E/2003/21). See Council decision 2003/292.

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I. Social and human rights questions

182. The Council held a discussion on social and human rights questions (under agenda item 14) at its 42nd, 44th, 45th to 49th meetings, on 21 to 25 July 2003 (for the discussion see E/2003/SR.42 and 44 to 49).

Action taken by the Council

Documents considered by the Council under agenda item 14

183. At its 48th and 49th meetings, on 24 and 25 July, the Council took note of a number of documents submitted under item 14 and agenda items (b), (c), (e), (f), (g) and (h). See Council decision 2003/310.

1. Advancement of women

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Action taken by the Council

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186. Under agenda item 14 (a) the Council adopted resolutions 2003/42, 2003/43, 2003/44 and 2003/57 and decision 2003/237.

Recommendations contained in the report of the Commission on the Status of Women

Situation of and assistance to Palestinian women

187. At its 44th meeting, on 22 July, the Council adopted draft resolution I recommended by the Commission,23 entitled “Situation of and assistance to Palestinian women” by a recorded vote of 42 to 2, with 4 abstentions. See Council resolution 2003/42. The voting was as follows:24

In favour:

Andorra, Argentina, Benin, Bhutan, Brazil, Burundi, Chile, China, Congo, Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, India, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iceland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Malaysia, Mozambique, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, South Africa, Sweden, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Against:

Georgia, United States of America.

Abstaining:

Australia, Germany,25 Nicaragua, Peru.

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188. Before the adoption of the draft resolution, statements were made by the representatives of the United States and Australia, as well as by the observer for Morocco (on behalf of the Group of 77 and China). After the adoption of the draft resolution, statements were made by the observers for Morocco (on behalf of the Group of 77 and China) and Israel.

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Notes

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2 In accordance with rule 72 of the rules of procedure of the Economic and Social Council.

22 Official Records of the Economic and Social Council, 2003, Supplement No. 7 (E/2003/27).

23 See ibid., chap. I, sect. A.

24 The representatives of Ecuador and Kenya subsequently indicated that had their delegations been present, they would have voted in favour of the draft resolution.

25 The representative of Germany subsequently indicated that its delegation’s vote should have been registered as being in favour of the draft resolution.




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