14 February 2001
Today the General Assembly met to take up two resolutions.
The Assembly adopted a resolution concerning assistance to
Bolivia as a result of the flooding in recent months. As Assembly
took up this item, Mr. Holkeri made short remarks on behalf
of the Member States to extend their deepest sympathy after
another earthquake in El Salvador and the recent floods in
Bolivia. The full text of his remarks is avalable on the "Statements
and Messages" page. The General Assembly also adopted
a resolution on arrangements for the participation of non-governmental
organization in the special session of the General Assembly
on children, which is to be held in New York 19-21 September
The President held a meeting for the organizing bodies of
the upcoming General Assembly special session on HIV/AIDS.
The two co-facilitators for the preparatory process, H.E.
Ms. Penny Wensley, Permanent Representative of Australia and
H.E. Mr. Ibrahim Ka, Permanent Representative of Senegal,
took part in the meeting together with representatives of
UNAIDS as well as the Secretariat of General Assembly Affairs
to discuss the current state-of-the-art of the preparatory
process of the special session on HIV/AIDS. The facilitators
and the secretariat members briefed the President on the on-going
informal/informal process on the organizational matters and
on the participation of civil society actors to the special
session and its preparatory process.
The informal brainstorming session of the General Committee
continued today with Mr. Holkeri presiding. At the end of
the meeting, Mr. Holkeri made concluding remarks, noting that
there had been a very good exchange of views during the session.
The President also mentioned that his intention is to continue
consultations in full transparency and openness in order to
keep the whole membership involved. The full text of his remarks
is avalaible on the "Statements and Messages" page.
The President attended a luncheon in connection with the Financing
for Development Preparatory Committee, hosted by H.E. Mr.
Asda Jayanama, Permanent Representative of Thailand and H.E.
Mr. Jorgen Bojer, Permanent Representative of Denmark.