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UNITED
NATIONS
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        General Assembly
Distr.
GENERAL
A/55/3/Rev.1
31 December 2000

Official Records
Fifty-fifth session
Supplement No. 3 (A/55/3/Rev.1)



Report of the Economic and Social Council for 2000


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Chapter I

Matters calling for action by the General Assembly or brought to its attention

In 2000, the Economic and Social Council adopted resolutions and decisions that call for action by the General Assembly. The relevant paragraphs of those resolutions and decisions are summarized below.

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Human rights situation in southern Lebanon and western Bekaa

In decision 2000/249, the Council approved the request of the Commission on Human Rights to the Secretary-General to bring Commission resolution 2000/16 to the attention of the Government of Israel and to invite it to provide information concerning the extent of its implementation thereof, and to report to the General Assembly at its fifty-fifth session and to the Commission on Human Rights at its fifty-seventh session.

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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

46. At its substantive session, the Council considered the question of 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 42nd and 45th meetings, on 27 and 28 July 2000. An account of the discussion is contained in the relevant summary records (E/2000/SR.42 and 45). The Council had before it a note by the Secretary-General transmitting the report prepared by ESCWA 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/55/84-E/2000/16).

Action taken by the Council

47. Under agenda item 11, the Council adopted resolution 2000/31 and draft decision 2000/293.

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

48. At the 42nd meeting, on 27 July, the representative of Saudi Arabia, also on behalf of Afghanistan,2 Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh,2 Cuba, Egypt,2 Indonesia, Jordan,2 Lebanon,2 the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya,2 Morocco, Oman, Qatar,2 the Sudan, the United Arab Emirates2 and Palestine,4 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/2000/L.16).

49. At the 45th meeting, on 28 July, the Council adopted the draft resolution by a recorded vote of 41 to 1, with 1 abstention. See Council resolution 2000/31. The voting was as follows:

In favour:

Algeria, Angola, Austria, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Canada, China, Colombia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Fiji, France, Germany, Greece, India Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saudi Arabia, the Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Venezuela, Viet Nam.

Against:

United States of America.

Abstaining:

Croatia.

50. After the draft resolution was adopted, statements were made by the representatives of France (on behalf of the European Union), Norway, Japan and the Russian Federation.

Note by the Secretary-General transmitting the report prepared by ESCWA 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 of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan

51. At the 45th meeting, on 28 July, the Council, on the proposal of the Vice-President of the Council, took note of the note by the Secretary-General transmitting the report prepared by ESCWA 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 of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan (A/55/84-E/2000/16). See Council decision 2000/293.

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I. Social and human rights questions

148. The Council considered social and human rights questions at its resumed organizational sessions (agenda item 2) and at its substantive session (agenda items 14 (a) to (g)) at its 7th, 8th, 10th and 43rd to 45th meetings, on 3 May, 16 June and 27 and 28 July 2000. An account of the discussion is contained in the relevant summary records (E/2000/SR.7, 8, 10 and 43-45). The Council had before it the following documents:

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1. Advancement of women

151. Under agenda item 14 (a), the Council adopted resolutions 2000/9, 2000/23 and 2000/24, and decision 2000/237.

Action taken by the Council

Recommendations contained in the report of the Commission on the Status of Women on its forty-fourth session (E/2000/27)

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The situation of and assistance to Palestinian women

153. At the 43rd meeting, on 27 July, the representative of the United States of America made a statement regarding draft resolution II, entitled “The situation of and assistance to Palestinian women”, recommended by the Commission on the Status of Women (E/2000/27, chap. I, sect. A).

154. At the 45th meeting, on 28 July, the draft resolution was adopted by a recorded vote of 42 to 1, with 2 abstentions. See Council resolution 2000/23. The voting was as follows:

In favour:

Algeria, Angola, Austria, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Fiji, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Oman, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Venezuela, Viet Nam.

Against:

United States of America.

Abstaining:

Canada, Norway.

155. After the draft resolution was adopted, statements were made by the representatives of the Syrian Arab Republic, Canada and Norway.

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Recommendations contained in the report of the Commission on Human Rights on its fifty-sixth session (E/2000/23 (Part I) and Add.1)

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Human rights situation in southern Lebanon and western Bekaa

215. At the 45th meeting, on 28 July, at the request of the representative of the United States, the Council voted on draft decision 8, entitled “Human rights situation in southern Lebanon and western Bekaa”, recommended by the Commission on Human Rights (E/2000/23, chap. I, sect. B). The draft decision was adopted by a recorded vote of 43 to 1, with no abstentions. See Council decision 2000/249. The voting was as follows:

In favour:

Algeria, Angola, Austria, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Fiji, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Venezuela, Viet Nam.

Against:

United States of America.

Abstaining:

None.

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Recommendation contained in the report of the Commission on Human Rights on its fifth special session (E/2000/112) and administrative and programme budget implications of Commission on Human Rights resolution S-5/1 (E/2000/112/Add.1)

Grave and massive violations of the human rights of the Palestinian people by Israel

267. At its 48th meeting, on 22 November, the Council had before it a draft decision entitled “Grave and massive violations of the human rights of the Palestinian people by Israel” (E/2000/112, chap. I), which had been recommended for adoption by the Commission on Human Rights.

268. At the same meeting, the President reported on the outcome of informal consultations held on the draft decision.

269. Also at the 48th meeting, following a statement by the Director of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Council adopted the draft decision by a recorded vote of 21 to 19, with 11 abstentions. See Council decision 2000/311. The voting was as follows:

In favour:

Algeria, Bahrain, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, China, Comoros, Cuba, India, Indonesia, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Saint Lucia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Venezuela, Viet Nam.

Against:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Fiji, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America.

Abstaining:

Angola, Brazil, Cameroon, Colombia, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Honduras, Lesotho, Mexico, Russian Federation, Rwanda.

270. Before the draft decision was adopted, statements were made by the representatives of the United States of America and Japan and the observers for Israel and Palestine; after the draft decision was adopted, statements were made by the representatives of New Zealand, France (on behalf of the European Union and also on behalf of Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia), Canada and India.

Notes

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

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4 In accordance with General Assembly resolution 52/250.

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