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Sixty-sixth session

Observer Status for the Intergovernmental Authority on Development in the General Assembly (Agenda item 172)

Summary of work

Background

The item was included in the agenda at the request of Ethiopia.

Consideration at the sixty-sixth session

The Sixth Committee considered the item at its 8th and 16th meetings, on 6 and 18 October 2011 (see A/C.6/66/SR.8 and 16).

Statements were made by the representatives of Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Djibouti.

Some delegations expressed their support for the granting of observer status to the Intergovernmental Authority on Development in the General Assembly

Action taken by the Sixth Committee

At the 8th meeting, on 6 October 2011, the representative of Ethiopia, on behalf of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, the Sudan and Uganda, introduced a draft resolution entitled “Observer status for the Intergovernmental Authority on Development in the General Assembly” (A/C.6/66/L.7). Subsequently, Argentina, Italy, Montenegro, Peru, Portugal, Slovenia, South Africa and Spain joined in sponsoring the draft resolution.

At its 16th meeting, on 18 October, the Committee adopted draft resolution A/C.6/66/L.7 without a vote. Under this draft resolution, the General Assembly would decide to invite the Intergovernmental Authority on Development to participate in the sessions and the work of the General Assembly in the capacity of observer; and would request the Secretary-General to take the necessary action to implement the resolution.

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