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Sixty-eighth session

Observer status for the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law in the General Assembly (Agenda item 170)

Summary of work

Background

By a letter dated 20 may 2013 (A/68/141), the Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations requested the inclusion of the item in the agenda of the sixty-eight session.

Consideration at the sixty-eighth session

The Sixth Committee considered the item at its 11th and 22nd meetings, on 16 October and on 1 November 2013 (see A/C.6/68/SR.11 and 22).

Statements were made by the representatives of South Africa, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, Cuba, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Argentina, Pakistan, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Chile and Uruguay.

Delegations expressed their support for the granting of observer status to the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law in the General Assembly.

Action taken by the Sixth Committee

At the 11th meeting, on 16 October, the representative of Italy, on behalf of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Uruguay and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), introduced a draft resolution entitled “Observer status for the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law in the General Assembly” (A/C.6/68/L.5). Subsequently, Cuba, Indonesia, Montenegro, Tunisia and the United States of America joined in sponsoring the draft resolution.

At its 22nd meeting, on 1 November, the Committee adopted draft resolution A/C.6/68/L.5 without a vote.

Under this draft resolution, the General Assembly would decide to invite the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law 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.