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UNITED
NATIONS
A

        General Assembly
Distr.
GENERAL
A/62/3
1 January 2008

Original: English

Sixty-second session
Item 45 of the provisional agenda*
Report of the Economic and Social Council



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* A/62/150.
** 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 2007 and the substantive session of 2007. 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, Sixty-second Session, Supplement No. 3 (A/62/3/Rev.1).
The resolutions and decisions adopted by the Council at the organizational and resumed organizational sessions for 2007 and the substantive session of 2007 are being issued initially in documents E/2007/INF/2 and Add.1. Those adopted at the resumed substantive session will be issued in document E/2007/INF/2/Add.2. The resolutions and decisions will be issued in final form as Official Records of the Economic and Social Council, 2007, Supplement No. 1 (E/2007/99).


Chapter I
Matters calling for action by or brought to the attention of the General Assembly


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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 (item 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

7. By its resolution 2007/26 , the Council requested the Secretary-General to submit to the General Assembly at its sixty-second session, through the Council, a report on the implementation of the resolution and to continue to include in the report of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Personal Representative of the Secretary-General to the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority, an update on the living conditions of the Palestinian people, in collaboration with relevant United Nations agencies.

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Chapter VII
General segment


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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


68. The Council considered item 9 at its 39th, 42nd and 46th meetings, on 23, 24 and 26 July 2007. An account of the discussion is contained in the relevant summary records (E/2007/SR.39, 42 and 46). It had before it the following documents:

(a) Report of the Secretary-General on assistance to the Palestinian people (A/62/82-E/2007/66);

(b) Report of the President of the Council on consultations with the Chairman of the Special Committee on the Situation with regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples (E/2007/47);

(c) 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/62/65).

69. At the 39th meeting, on 23 July, an introductory statement was made by the representative of Cuba, in her capacity as representative of the Special Committee on Decolonization (see E/2007/SR.39).


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Document considered by the Council in connection with agenda item 9

74. Also at its 46th meeting, on the proposal of the Vice-President of the Council, Léo Mérorès (Haiti), the Council decided to take note of the report of the Secretary-General on assistance to the Palestinian people (A/62/82-E/2007/66). See Council decision 2007/255.

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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


92. The Council considered agenda item 11 at its 39th, 44th and 46th meetings, on 23, 25 and 26 July 2007. An account of the discussion is contained in the relevant summary records (E/2007/SR.39, 44 and 46). The Council had before it the following documents:

(a) 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 Jerusalem, and the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan (A/62/75-E/2007/13);

(b) Letter dated 24 July 2007 from the Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic addressed to the President of the Economic and Social Council (E/2007/88).

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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

95. At the 44th meeting, on 25 July, the representative of the Sudan, on behalf of the States Members of the United Nations that are members of the League of Arab States, Cuba and Pakistan, on behalf of the States Members of the United Nations that are members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, introduced a draft resolution (E/2007/L.26) 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”. Subsequently, South Africa joined in sponsoring the draft resolution.

96. At the same meeting, the Secretary of the Council announced that, owing to a technical error, Sri Lanka had been erroneously listed as a sponsor of the draft resolution and should not have appeared on the document.

97. At the 46th meeting, on 26 July, the Council adopted the draft resolution by a roll-call vote of 29 to 2, with 18 abstentions. See Council resolution 2007/26. The voting was as follows:2

In favour:
Algeria, Barbados, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Cape Verde, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Mauritania, Mexico, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Thailand.

Against:
Canada, United States of America.

Abstaining:
Albania, Austria, Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Haiti, Iceland, Japan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Romania, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

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98. At the same meeting, before the adoption of the draft resolution, statements were made by the observers for Israel and the Syrian Arab Republic and a statement in explanation of vote was made by the representative of Portugal (on behalf of the European Union); after the adoption of the draft resolution, statements in explanation of vote were made by the representatives of Canada, the United States and Japan.

Document considered by the Council in connection with agenda item 11

99. Also at the 46th meeting, on the proposal of the Vice-President of the Council, Léo Mérorès (Haiti), the Council decided to take note of 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 Jerusalem, and the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan (A/62/75-E/2007/13). See Council decision 2007/256.


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I. Social and human rights questions


Situation of and assistance to Palestinian women

210. At the same meeting, the Council adopted the draft resolution entitled “Situation of and assistance to Palestinian women”, recommended by the Commission (see E/2007/27, chap. I.B) by a roll-call vote of 38 to 2, with 1 abstention. See Council resolution 2007/7. The voting was as follows:3, 4

In favour:
Algeria, Austria, Barbados, Belarus, Bolivia, Cape Verde, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, France, Germany, Greece, Guyana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Japan, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Portugal, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sudan, Thailand, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Against:
Canada, United States of America.

Abstaining:
Angola.

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211. Before the adoption of the draft resolution, the representative of Pakistan made a statement on behalf of the Group of 77 and China; after it was adopted, statements were made by the representatives of the United States and Costa Rica and by the observer for Israel (see E/2007/SR.42).

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