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UNITED
NATIONS
A

        General Assembly
Distr.
GENERAL
A/65/3
16 August 2010

Original: English

Sixty-fifth session
Item 9 of the provisional agenda*
Report of the Economic and Social Council





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Chapter VII
General segment


1. The general segment of the substantive session of 2010 of the Council was held at its 37th to 47th meetings, on 16 and from 19 to 23 July 2010. An account of the proceedings is contained in the relevant summary records (E/2010/SR.37-47).


D. Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples by the specialized agencies and the international institutions associated with the United Nations (agenda item 9)

103. The Council considered agenda item 9 jointly with agenda items 10 (Regional cooperation) and 11 (Economic and social repercussions of the Israeli occupation on the living conditions of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan) at its 41st and 46th meetings, on 20 and 23 July 2010. An account of the discussion is contained in the relevant summary records (E/2010/SR.41 and 46). For its consideration of agenda item 9, the Council had before it the following documents:

(a) Report of the Secretary-General on the implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples by the specialized agencies and the international institutions associated with the United Nations (A/65/61 and Corr.1);

(b) Report of the Secretary-General on assistance to the Palestinian people (A/65/77-E/2010/56);

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E. Regional cooperation (agenda item 10)

110. The Council considered agenda item 10 jointly with agenda items 9 (Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples by the specialized agencies and the international institutions associated with the United Nations) and 11 (Economic and social repercussions of the Israeli occupation on the living conditions of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan) at its 41st, 42nd and 46th meetings, on 20 and 23 July 2010. An account of the discussion is contained in the relevant summary records (E/2010/SR.41, 42 and 46). ...

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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 East Jerusalem, and the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan (agenda item 11)


128. The Council considered agenda item 11 jointly with agenda items 9 (Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples by the specialized agencies and the international institutions associated with the United Nations) and 10 (Regional cooperation) at its 41st, 45th and 46th meetings, on 20, 22 and 23 July 2010. An account of the discussion is contained in the relevant summary records (E/2010/SR.41, 45 and 46). For its consideration of agenda item 11, the Council had before it the note by 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 East Jerusalem, and the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan (A/65/72-E/2010/13).

129. At the 41st meeting, on 20 July, the representative of the Regional Commissions New York Office made an introductory statement.


Action taken by the Council


130. Under agenda item 11, the Council adopted resolution 2010/31.

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

131. At the 45th meeting, on 22 July, the representative of Egypt, also on behalf of Bangladesh, Comoros, Cuba,1 Ecuador,1 Jordan,1 Morocco, Namibia, Palestine,1 Saudi Arabia, Senegal,1 and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), 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 East Jerusalem, and the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan” (E/2010/L.31).

132. At the same meeting, Kuwait,1 Lebanon,1 Malaysia, Tunisia1 and Yemen1 joined in sponsoring the draft resolution.

133. Also at the same meeting, the representative of Egypt made a minor drafting change to the seventeenth preambular paragraph of the draft resolution.

134. At the 46th meeting, on 23 July, Algeria1 and Iraq joined in sponsoring the draft resolution.

135. At the same meeting, the Council adopted the draft resolution by a recorded vote of 45 to 3, with 3 abstentions. See Council resolution 2010/31. The voting was as follows:

In favour:

Argentina, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Comoros, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Uruguay, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Zambia.

Against:

Australia, Canada, United States of America.

Abstaining:

Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Mongolia.

136. Before the adoption of the draft resolution, a statement was made by the observer for Israel.

137. Before the vote, statements in explanation of vote were made by the representatives of the United States of America and Belgium (also on behalf of Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland). Subsequently, a statement of clarification was made by the observer for the Netherlands.

138. After the vote, statements were made by the representatives of Australia and Saint Lucia and by the observer for Palestine.

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1In accordance with rule 72 of the rules of procedure of the Economic and Social Council.



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I. Social and human rights questions (agenda item 14)

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1. Advancement of women (agenda item 14 (a))

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Situation of and assistance to Palestinian women

238. At its 42nd meeting, on 20 July, the Council adopted a draft resolution entitled “Situation of and assistance to Palestinian women”, recommended by the Commission (see E/2010/27, chap. I, sect. B), by a recorded vote of 24 to 3, with 15 abstentions. See Council resolution 2010/6. The voting was as follows:

In favour:
Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, China, Congo, Egypt, Guatemala, India, Iraq, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mongolia, Morocco, Namibia, Niger, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Uruguay, Zambia.

Against:
Australia, Canada, United States of America.

Abstaining:
Belgium, Côte d’Ivoire, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Malta, Norway, Poland, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Slovakia, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

239. The recorded vote was requested by the United States of America.

240. Before the vote, statements were made by the observers for Israel and Palestine. After the vote, a statement was made by the representative of Australia.

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