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GENERAL SEGMENT

The general segment, to be held from 23 to 27 July 2012, will review nine agenda items on a wide range of issues pertaining to the work of the United Nations system in the field of development.  There are three main types of discussions that take place during the general segment, namely:

  • The review of the reports of the Council’s subsidiary and expert bodies

These include the reports of all Functional Commissions, the Regional Commissions and the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations, as well as expert and ad hoc bodies.  The consideration of these reports is organized under two clusters: economic and environmental questions and social and human rights questions.

  • The system-wide coordination and review of specific development issues

This year, the Council will inter alia review:

    • The implementation of the Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries and the follow-up to the 2011 Istanbul Conference
    • Mainstreaming a gender perspective into all policies and programmes in the United Nations system
    • The work of the United Nations inter-agency task force on tobacco control
    • The follow-up to the World Summit on Information Society.

  • Special country or regional issues 

The Council will consider:

Contact

For information on the general segment, please contact Mr. Marc-André Dorel, Senior Economic Affairs Officer, ECOSOC and Interorganizational Cooperation Branch, Office of ECOSOC Support and Coordination/DESA (212) 963-7204, dorel@un.org or write to ecosocinfo@un.org   

Events

The General Segment will feature the following events:

  • Briefing by Members of the Committee for Development Policy on 23 July (concept note)
  • Panel discussion on integrated, coherent and coordinated support to South Sudan on 24 July

Documentation

(6) Implementation of and follow-up to major United Nations conferences and summits

  • Note by the Secretary-General on the periodicity and scope of future reports on the integrated and coordinated implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the major United Nations conferences and summits (A/67/82-E/2012/64)
  • Report on the main decisions and policy recommendations of the Committee on World Food Security (A/67/86-E/2012/71)

(a) Follow-up to the International Conference on Financing for Development

  • Summary by the President of the Economic and Social Council of the special high-level meeting of the Council with the Bretton Woods institutions, the World Trade Organization and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (A/67/81-E/2012/62)

(b) Review and coordination of the implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries for the Decade 2011-2020

  • Report of the Secretary-General on the implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries for the Decade 2011-2020 (E/2012/75)
  • Relevant part of the report of the Committee for Development Policy on its fourteenth session (12-16 March 2012) (E/2012/33, Supplement No. 13)

(7) Coordination, programme and other questions

(a) Reports of coordination bodies 

  • Annual overview report of the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination for 2011/12 (E/2012/67)
  • Report of the Committee for Programme and Coordination on its fifty-second session (4-29 June 2012) (A/67/16, Supplement No. 16) 

(b)Proposed strategic framework for the period 2014-2015

  • Relevant sections of the proposed strategic framework for the period 2014-2015 (see relevant fascicles of A/67/6) 

(d) Mainstreaming a gender perspective into all policies and programmes in the United Nations system

  • Report of the Secretary-General on mainstreaming a gender perspective into all policies and programmes in the United Nations system (E/2012/61) 

(e) Long-term programme of support for Haiti

  • Report of the Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Haiti (E/2012/87) 

(f)  African countries emerging from conflict

  • Report of the Secretary-General on the implementation of integrated, coherent and coordinated support to South Sudan (E/2012/76)

(g) Tobacco or health

  • Report of the Secretary-General on the work of the Ad Hoc Inter-Agency Task Force on Tobacco Control (E/2012/70)

(8) Implementation of General Assembly resolutions 50/227, 52/12 B, 57/270 B and 60/265

  • Note by the Secretary-General on the periodicity and scope of future reports on the integrated and coordinated implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the major United Nations conferences and summits (A/67/82-E/2012/64)

(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

  • Report of the Secretary-General on assistance to the Palestinian people (A/67/84-E/2012/68)
  • 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/67/64)
  • Report of the President of the Council on consultations with 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/2012/47)

(10) Regional cooperation

  • Report of the Secretary-General on regional cooperation in the economic, social and related fields (E/2012/15 and E/2012/15/Add.1)
  • The economic situation in the Economic Commission for Europe region: Europe, North America and the Commonwealth of Independent States (E/2012/16)
  • Overview of economic and social conditions in Africa (E/2012/17)
  • Summary of the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific (E/2012/18)
  • Latin America and the Caribbean: economic situation and outlook (E/2012/19)
  • Summary of the survey of economic and social developments in the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia region (E/2012/20)

(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

  • 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 of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan (E/2012/13)

(12) Non-governmental organizations

  • Report of the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations on its 2012 regular session (30 January-8 February 2012) (E/2012/32 (Part I))
  • Report of the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations on its resumed 2012 session (21-30 May 2012) (E/2012/32 (Part II))

(13) Economic and environmental questions

  • Note by the Secretary-General on the periodicity and scope of future reports on the integrated and coordinated implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the major United Nations conferences and summits (A/67/82-E/2012/64) 

(a) Sustainable development

  • Report of the Committee for Development Policy on its fourteenth session (12-16 March 2012) (E/2012/33, Supplement No. 13)

(b)Science and technology for development

  • Report of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development on its fifteenth session (Geneva, 21-25 May 2012) (E/2012/31, Supplement No. 11)
  • Report of the Secretary-General on progress made in the implementation of and follow-up to the World Summit on the Information Society at the regional and international levels (A/67/66-E/2012/49)
  • Report of the Working Group on Improvements to the Internet Governance Forum (A/67/65-E/2012/48) 

(c) Statistics

  • Report of the Statistical Commission on its forty-third session (28 February-2 March 2012) (E/2012/24, Supplement No. 4) 

(d) Human settlements

  • Report of the Secretary-General on the coordinated implementation of the Habitat Agenda (E/2012/65)

(e) Environment

  • Report of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme on its twelfth special session (Nairobi, 20-22 February 2012) (A/67/25, Supplement No. 25)

(f) Population and development

  • Report of the Commission on Population and Development on its forty-fifth session (23-27 April 2012) (E/2012/25, Supplement No. 5)

(g) Public administration and development

  • Report of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration on its eleventh session (16-20 April 2012) (E/2012/44, Supplement No. 24)

(h) International cooperation in tax matters

  • Report of the Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters on its seventh session (Geneva, 24-28 October 2011) (E/2011/45, Supplement No. 25)
  • Report of the Secretary-General on the role and work of the Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters (E/2012/8)

(j) Cartography

  • Report of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management on the work of its first session (Seoul, 26 October 2011) (E/2011/46, Supplement No. 26)
  • Report of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geopatial Information Management on the work of its second session (13-15 August 2012) (E/2012/46, Supplement No. 26)
  • Report of the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names on the work of its twenty-seventh session (30 July and 10 August 2012)
  • Report of the tenth United Nations Conference on the Standardization of Geographical Names (31 July-9 August 2012)

(k) Women and development

  • Relevant secions of the report of the Commission on the Status of Women on its fifty-sixth session (27 February-9 March 2012) (E/2012/27, Supplement No. 7)

(14) Social and human rights questions

 (a) Advancement of women

  • Report of the Commission on the Status of Women on its fifty-sixth session (27 February-9 March 2012) (E/2012/27, Supplement No. 7)
  • Note by the Secretariat transmitting the results of the forty-ninth and fiftieth sessions of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (E/2012/4)

(b) Social development

  • Report of the Commission for Social Development on its fiftieth session (1-10 February 2012) (E/2012/26, Supplement No. 6 and E/2012/26/Corr.1)
  • Report of the Secretary-General on the preparations for and observance of the twentieth anniversary of the International Year of the Family in 2014 (A/67/61-E/2012/3)

(c)Crime prevention and criminal justice

  • Report of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice on its reconvened twentieth session (Vienna, 12-13 December 2011) (E/2011/30/Add.1, Supplement No. 10A)
  • Report of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice on its twenty-first session (Vienna, 23-27 April 2012) (E/2012/30, Supplement No. 10)
  • Report of the Board of Trustees on major activities of the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (E/2012/69)  

(d) Narcotic drugs

  • Report of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs on its reconvened fifty-fourth session (Vienna, 12-13 December 2011) (E/2011/28/Add.1, Supplement No. 8A)
  • Report of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs on its fifty-fifth session (Vienna, 12‑16 March 2012) (E/2012/28, Supplement No. 8)
  • Report of the International Narcotics Control Board for 2011 (E/INCB/2011/1)

(e) United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

An oral report will be provided by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

(g) Human rights

  • Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights –– Report on the forty-sixth and forty-seventh sessions (2–20 May 2011, 14 November–2 December 2011) –– Supplement No. 2 (E/2012/22)
  • Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (E/2012/51)
  • Report of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (A/67/41 (Supplement No. 41) 

(h) Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

  • Report of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues on its eleventh session (7-18 May 2012) (E/2012/43, Supplement No. 23)

(i) Genetic privacy and non-discrimination

  • Note by the Secretary-General transmitting the report of the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization on genetic privacy and non-discrimination (E/2011/108)

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