Chapter I MATTERS CALLING FOR ACTION BY THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL OR BROUGHT TO ITS ATTENTION A. Draft resolutions 1. The Commission on the Status of Women recommends to the Economic and Social Council the adoption of the following draft resolutions: DRAFT RESOLUTION I Palestinian women* The Economic and Social Council, Having considered with appreciation the report of the Secretary- General concerning the situation of and assistance to Palestinian women,1/ Recalling the Nairobi Forward-looking Strategies for the Advancement of Women, in particular paragraph 260 concerning Palestinian women and children,2/ and the Beijing Platform for Action adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women,3/ Recalling also its resolution 1996/5 and other relevant United Nations resolutions, Recalling the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women4/ as it concerns the protection of civilian populations, Aware of the signing by the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Government of Israel of the Declaration of Principles on Interim Self- Government Arrangements on 13 September 1993 5/ and of the Interim Agreement on the West Bank and Gaza Strip on 28 September 1995, both in Washington, D.C., within the framework of the Middle East peace process, * For the discussion, see chap. II, paras. 129-131. Concerned about the continuing difficult situation of Palestinian women in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, and about the severe consequences of continuous Israeli illegal settlements activities as well as the harsh economic conditions and other consequences for the situation of Palestinian women and their families, resulting from the frequent closure and isolation of the occupied territory, 1. Stresses its support for the Middle East peace process and the need for full implementation of the agreements already reached between the parties; 2. Reaffirms that the Israeli occupation remains a major obstacle for Palestinian women with regard to their advancement, self-reliance and integration in the development planning of their society; 3. Demands that Israel, the occupying Power, comply fully with the provisions and principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,6/ the Regulations annexed to The Hague Convention IV of 18 October 19077/ and the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of 12 August 1949,8/ in order to protect the rights of Palestinian women and their families; 4. Calls upon Israel to facilitate the return of all refugees and displaced Palestinian women and children to their homes and properties in the occupied Palestinian territory, in compliance with the relevant United Nations resolutions; 5. Urges Member States, financial organizations of the United Nations system, non-governmental organizations and other relevant institutions to intensify their efforts to provide financial and technical assistance to Palestinian women for the creation of projects responding to their needs, especially during the transitional period; 6. Requests the Commission on the Status of Women to continue to monitor and take action with regard to the implementation of the Nairobi Forward-looking Strategies for the Advancement of Women, in particular paragraph 260 concerning Palestinian women and children, and the Beijing Platform for Action; 7. Requests the Secretary-General to continue to review the situation and to assist Palestinian women by all available means, and to submit to the Commission on the Status of Women at its forty-second session a report on the progress made in the implementation of the present resolution. DRAFT RESOLUTION II Agreed conclusions on the critical areas of concern* The Economic and Social Council, Recalling General Assembly resolutions 50/203 of 22 December 1995 and 51/69 of 12 December 1996 on the follow-up to the Fourth World Conference on Women and full implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, Recalling Economic and Social Council resolution 1996/6 of 22 July 1996 on the follow-up to the Fourth World Conference on Women, by which a multi-year programme of work for the Commission on the Status of Women was adopted as a framework for assessing the progress achieved in the implementation of the Platform for Action, Noting that the Commission on the Status of Women at its forty-first session reviewed progress achieved in implementation of the Platform for Action in the critical areas of concern: women and the environment; women in power and decision-making; women and the economy; and the education and training of women; and proposed ways and means to accelerate implementation in those four areas, 1. Takes note of the report of the Secretary-General on thematic issues before the Commission9/ and the recommendations contained therein; 2. Calls upon Governments, United Nations agencies and bodies and other international organizations, non-governmental organizations and civil society to cooperate in implementing the strategies adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women and other recent international conferences; 3. Also calls upon Governments, the United Nations system and other international organizations to mainstream a gender perspective into all policies and programmes, while maintaining institutional arrangements to carry out research and develop methodologies and tools for mainstreaming and to advocate for gender equality and the enjoyment by women of their human rights; 4. Endorses the agreed conclusions of the Commission on the Status of Women on women and the environment; women in power and decision-making; women and the economy; and the education and training of women.10/ B. Draft decisions 2. The Commission on the Status of Women recommends to the Economic and Social Council the adoption of the following draft decisions: * For the discussion, see chap. II, paras. 176-177. DRAFT DECISION I Renewal of the mandate of the Open-ended Working Group on the Elaboration of a Draft Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women* The Economic and Social Council decides: (a) To renew the mandate of the in-session Open-ended Working Group on the Elaboration of a Draft Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, so that it may continue its work, pursuant to Council resolution 1995/29 of 24 July 1995, during the forty-second and forty-third sessions of the Commission on the Status of Women; (b) To authorize the Working Group to meet in parallel with the Commission at its forty-second and forty-third sessions; (c) To invite a representative of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women to attend these meetings as a resource person. DRAFT DECISION II Functional commissions** The Economic and Social Council, bearing in mind the Programme of Action adopted by the World Conference on Human Rights,11/ the Programme of Action of the World Summit for Social Development12/ and the Beijing Platform for Action,13/ and recalling General Assembly resolutions 50/227, 51/96, 51/118 and 51/202 dealing with the implementation of the outcome of United Nations conferences and the role of the functional commissions in the three-tiered intergovernmental process in the follow-up to the above-mentioned programmes of action, decides that every effort should be made to ensure that there is no overlap in the work of the functional commissions engaged in the follow-up to United Nations conferences. * For the discussion, see chap. IV, paras. 5-7. ** For the discussion, see chap. II, paras. 150-151. DRAFT DECISION III Report of the Commission on the Status of Women on its forty-first session and provisional agenda and documentation for the forty-second session of the Commission* The Economic and Social Council takes note of the report of the Commission on the Status of Women on its forty-first session and approves the provisional agenda and documentation for the forty-second session of the Commission set out below. 1. Election of officers. 2. Adoption of the agenda and other organizational matters. 3. Follow-up to the Fourth World Conference on Women: (a) Review of mainstreaming in organizations of the United Nations system; Documentation Report of the Secretary-General on the measures taken and the progress achieved in the follow-up to the Fourth World Conference on Women and in mainstreaming a gender perspective within the United Nations system Mid-term review of the system-wide medium-term plan for the advancement of women, 1996-2001 (b) Emerging issues, trends and new approaches to issues affecting the situation of women or equality between women and men; (c) Implementation of strategic objectives and action in the critical areas of concern. Documentation Analytical report of the Secretary-General on the thematic issues before the Commission in accordance with the multi-year work programme, including, as far as possible, progress made in national implementation, based on available existing data and statistics Synthesis report on implementation plans of Governments, based, inter alia, on national action plans and any other sources of information already available in the United Nations system 4. Communications concerning the status of women. Documentation Lists of confidential and non-confidential communications concerning the status of women 5. The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, including the elaboration of a draft optional protocol to the Convention. 6. Provisional agenda for the forty-third session of the Commission. 7. Adoption of the report of the Commission on its forty-second session.
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