Sixth Committee (Legal) — 63rd session

Observer status for the South Centre in the General Assembly (agenda item 151)

Summary of work


The item was included in the agenda at the request of the United Republic of Tanzania.

Consideration at the sixty-third session

The Committee considered the item at its 11th and 25th meetings, on 21 October and 5 November 2008.

Action taken by the Sixth Committee

At the 11th meeting, on 21 October 2008, the representative of the United Republic of Tanzania, also on behalf of Angola, Benin, Brazil, China, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guyana, India, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Jamaica, Kenya, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sierra Leone, South Africa, the Sudan, Suriname, the Syrian Arab Republic, Viet Nam, Zambia and Zimbabwe, subsequently joined by Madagascar and Mali, introduced a draft resolution entitled “Observer status for the South Centre in the General Assembly” (A/C.6/63/L.3). At its 25th meeting, on 5 November, the Committee adopted the draft resolution without a vote (A/C.6/63/L.3). Under this draft resolution, the General Assembly would decide to invite the South Centre to participate in the sessions and the work of the General Assembly in the capacity of observer and request the Secretary-General to take the necessary action to implement the resolution. 

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