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Reference:  A/60/100  [F]  [S]  [A]  [C]  [R]

 
 

  Item 73(b):

 

Strengthening of the coordination of humanitarian and disaster relief assistance of the United Nations, including special economic assistance - Special economic assistance to individual countries or regions

Date of consideration:  11 October 2005 (AM)

Second Committee Report (59th session):  A/59/479   [ F ]   [ S ]   [ A ]   [ C ]   [ R ]  

Document:

A/60/302   [F]   [S]   [A]   [C]   [R]  

Report of the Secretary-General on humanitarian assistance and rehabilitation for countries and regions:  Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Somalia and Timor-Leste (Mandate:  GA res. 57/101, para. 8, 58/116, para. 8, 58/121, para. 15, 59/217, para. 12 and 59/218, para. 15)

Summary:

Economic assistance for the reconstruction and development of Djibouti

The General Assembly considered this question at its forty-fourth to fifty-fourth and fifty-sixth sessions (resolutions 44/177, 45/228, 46/175, 47/157, 48/198, 49/21 F, 50/58 F, 51/30 E, 52/169 K, 53/1 J, 54/96 C and 56/108).

At its fifty-eighth session, the General Assembly declared its solidarity with the Government and the people of Djibouti, who continued to face critical developmental and humanitarian challenges owing, in particular, to the scarcity of natural resources, coupled with harsh climatic conditions and the acute issue of water supply impacting on the development aspirations of the country; noted with satisfaction the implementation of a reform programme by Djibouti, and in that context appealed to all Governments, international financial institutions, the specialized agencies and non-governmental organizations to respond adequately to the financial and material needs of the country in line with the poverty reduction strategy paper; expressed its gratitude to the intergovernmental organizations and the specialized agencies of the United Nations for their contributions to the national rehabilitation of Djibouti, and invited them to continue their efforts; welcomed the initiative of the Secretary-General to appoint a special envoy for humanitarian affairs for the Horn of Africa, with the objective of mobilizing resources for relief support as well as sustainable development; requested the Secretary-General to continue, in close cooperation with the Government of Djibouti, his efforts to mobilize resources necessary for an effective programme of financial, technical and material assistance to Djibouti; and also requested the Secretary-General to report to the Assembly at its sixtieth session on the humanitarian situation of Djibouti and on the progress made with regard to economic assistance to Djibouti and the implementation of the resolution (resolution 58/116).

Humanitarian assistance and rehabilitation for Ethiopia

The General Assembly first considered the question of emergency humanitarian assistance to Ethiopia at its fifty-seventh session in 2002, at which it called upon the international community to respond urgently and effectively to the unfolding humanitarian crisis; and called upon all development partners to stress the need to integrate relief efforts with recovery, asset protection and long-term development and to address the underlying structural causes of the recurring famine in Ethiopia (resolution 57/149).

At its fifty-ninth session, the General Assembly, concerned by the recurrent drought, which still affected millions owing to the serious crop failures in drought-prone parts of the country and the pastoralist areas, called upon all development partners, in cooperation with the Government of Ethiopia, to integrate relief efforts with recovery, asset protection and long-term development, including the structural and productive options needed to stimulate accelerated rural growth, and to address the underlying causes of recurrent drought in Ethiopia in a way that was, inter alia, in line with the poverty reduction strategy paper, including strategies that were aimed at preventing such crises in the future and that improved the resilience of the population; and requested the Secretary-General to report to the Assembly at its sixtieth session on the implementation of the resolution (resolution 59/217).

International cooperation and coordination for the human and ecological rehabilitation and economic development of the Semipalatinsk region of Kazakhstan

The General Assembly considered this question at its fifty-second, fifty-third and fifty-fifth sessions (resolutions 52/169 M, 53/1 H and 55/44).

At its fifty-seventh session, the General Assembly stressed the need for continuing international attention and extra efforts in solving problems with regard to the Semipalatinsk region and its population; urged the international community to provide assistance in the formulation and implementation of special programmes and projects of treatment and care for the affected population in the Semipalatinsk region; invited all States, relevant multilateral financial organizations and other entities of the international community, including non-governmental organizations, to share their knowledge and experience in order to contribute to the human and ecological rehabilitation and economic development of the Semipalatinsk region; invited all Member States, in particular donor States, relevant organs and organizations of the United Nations system, to participate in the rehabilitation of the Semipalatinsk region; invited the Secretary-General to pursue a consultative process, with the participation of interested States and relevant United Nations agencies, on modalities for mobilizing the necessary support to seek appropriate solutions to the problems and needs of the Semipalatinsk region; called upon the Secretary-General to continue his efforts to enhance world public awareness of the problems and needs of the Semipalatinsk region; and requested him to report to the Assembly at its sixtieth session, under a separate sub-item, on progress made in the implementation of the resolution (resolution 57/101).

Assistance for humanitarian relief and the economic and social rehabilitation of Somalia

The General Assembly considered this question at its forty-third session, in 1988, at which it adopted a resolution entitled "Emergency assistance to Somalia" under the item entitled "Special economic and disaster relief assistance" (resolution 43/206). The Assembly has continued its consideration of the question annually (resolutions 44/178, 45/229, 46/176, 47/160, 48/201, 49/21 L, 50/58 G, 51/30 G, 52/169 L, 53/1 M, 54/96 D, 55/168, 56/106, 57/154 and 58/115).

At its fifty-ninth session, the General Assembly, noting with serious concern that the current drought in some parts of Somalia threatened the lives of Somali nomads as well as livestock, called upon the Secretary-General to continue to mobilize international humanitarian, rehabilitation and reconstruction assistance for Somalia; urged the international community to provide as a matter or urgency humanitarian assistance and relief to the Somali people to alleviate in particular the consequences of the prevailing drought; called upon the international community to provide continuing and increased assistance in response to the United Nations 2004 Consolidated Inter-Agency Appeal for relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction assistance for Somalia; and requested the Secretary-General, in view of the critical situation in Somalia, to take all necessary and practicable measures for the implementation of the resolution and to report thereon to the Assembly at its sixtieth session (resolution 59/218).

Assistance for humanitarian relief, rehabilitation and development for Timor-Leste

The General Assembly considered the question "Assistance for humanitarian relief, rehabilitation and development for East Timor" at its fifty-fourth to fifty-sixth sessions (resolutions 54/96 H, 55/172 and 56/104). At its fifty-seventh session, the Assembly admitted the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste to membership in the United Nations (resolution 57/3) and continued its consideration of the question (resolution 57/105).

At its fifty-eighth session, the General Assembly urged the United Nations, other intergovernmental organizations, Member States and non-governmental organizations to continue to support the Government and the people of Timor-Leste in their endeavours towards self-sustainable nation-building and in facing the remaining vulnerabilities and challenges, such as nationwide capacity-building in all sectors, national reconciliation and the voluntary return of the remaining refugees to Timor-Leste, and sustainable development; and requested the Secretary-General to submit a report on the implementation of the resolution to the Assembly for consideration at its sixtieth session (resolution 58/121).

 

 

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