Office of the President of the Millennium Assembly
55th session of the United Nations General Assembly
 
 
 

Statement by
H.E. MR. HARRI HOLKERI
President of the General Assembly

At the Open-Ended Informal Consultations of the Plenary
on agenda item 179: Review of the problem of HIV/AIDS in all its aspects
HIV/AIDS/CRP.1
24 January 2001


The 2nd meeting of the Open-ended Informal Consultations of the Plenary on the special session of the General Assembly to review and address the problem of human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome in all its aspects is called to order.

Members will recall that the General Assembly, by its resolution 54/283 of 5 September 2000, decided to convene a special session of the General Assembly.

Members will further recall that the General Assembly, by its resolution 55/13 of 3 November 2000, decided to convene, as a matter of urgency, a special session of the General Assembly, from 25 to 27 June 2001, to review and address the problem of human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, HIV/AIDS, in all its aspects, as well as to secure a global commitment to enhancing coordination and the intensification of national, regional and international efforts to combat it in a comprehensive manner.

Resolution 55/13 invited the President of the General Assembly to make recommendations, for consideration by Member States during the preparatory process, for final decision by the Assembly, as to the form of the involvement of civil society actors, in particular associations of people living with HIV/AIDS, non-governmental organizations and the business sector, including pharmaceutical companies, in the special session and, to the extent possible, in the preparatory process.

Members will recall that I convened the first meeting of the Open-ended Informal Consultations of the Plenary to introduce to the Membership my suggestions for the outline of the organizational aspects of the special session, and my recommendations for the form of participation of civil society actors to the special session and the preparatory process. My suggestions and recommendations were contained in the HIV/AIDS.CRP.1 paper, made available to Member States and Observers, in all official UN languages since Wednesday, 13 December 2000. The annex to the CRP outlined also the schedule of major events and tentative dates of issuance of documents during the preparatory process for the special session. (The HIV/AIDS/CRP.1 paper can also be found on the President's web site, under "Statements and Messages".)

I should like to mention that I chose the CRP modality for introducing my suggestions and recommendations for this special session and the preparatory process, in order to make them available to the Membership in all the United Nations languages, which I hope, will facilitate the process of negotiating the subsequent resolution on these issues.

The purpose of this meeting of the Open-ended Informal of the Plenary, is to introduce the elements of a draft resolution, which is based on my CRP.1 paper, but which already now reflects the two rounds of informal/informal discussions held under the leadership of one of the two facilitators to this process, Ambassador Ka of Senegal. I note that the elements paper is available in English only. It has been distributed yesterday by fax to all Permanent Missions and Observers, and copies of it are available also in this room. With these brief remarks, I should now like to call on Ambassador Wensley to introduce the elements of a draft resolution on organizational matters and on the participation of the civil society actors in the preparatory process and the special session on HIV/AIDS.



Statement by Ambassador Wensley, Permanent Representative of Australia

The elements of a draft resolution before us today, are based, as mentioned by the President of the General Assembly, on the HIV/AIDS.CRP.1 paper, dated 8 December 2000, which relied on resolution 55/13, adopted last November.

I should like to point out that the proposals and suggestions of the President of the General Assembly take into account procedures and practices of other special sessions of the General Assembly. On the other hand, the format of this special session is unique as for its preparatory process.

I should now like to point out that the paper is an elements paper which will further evolve into a draft resolution.

I shall now introduce the elements of the draft resolution and point out some changes which have occurred as compared with the HIV/AIDS.CRP.1 paper on the basis of the two rounds of informal/informals held already on that paper:

1) The elements paper does not have the preambular paragraphs, which will be added at the time of its development into a draft resolution.

2) In the elements paper paragraphs from 1 to13 are directly drawn from the CRP.1 paper.

3) In paragraph 14 of the elements paper, which corresponds to paragraph 18. of the CRP.1 paper, the notion of accreditation and equitable geographical representation of civil society actors has been added.

4) In paragraph 16, which draws on paragraph 20 of the CRP.1 paper, there is an addition, indicating how the deliberations of the round tables will be summarised, and the summaries presented orally by the chairperson of the round tables during the concluding plenary meeting of the special session.

5) Paragraph 17, which corresponds to paragraph 21 of the CRP.1, has been revised so that it now contains the reference to AIDS being a global crisis, but with full recognition that Africa is the most affected region, and therefore, will be a cross-cutting theme in all four round tables.

6) During the informal/informal discussions consensus is emerging that the themes of the round tables could indicate wider areas, instead of individual issues. This is duly reflected in paragraph 17 of the elements paper.

7) Furthermore, resolution 55/13 already indicated the establishment of a trust fund by the Secretary General to facilitate the participation of, in particular least developed countries, to the preparatory process and the special session. Therefore, there is no need to decide on this issue any more, and paragraphs 28 and 29 of the CRP.1 paper are not reflected in the elements paper.

8) The Programme of work in the elements paper is just a simplified version of the CRP.1.

9) In paragraph 26 of the elements paper, the date of circulation of the first draft outline of the issues paper, should read 13 of March, instead of 12 of March. - The typo of the CRP.1 persists still in the elements paper.

10) As for the accreditation and participation of civil society actors, issues which already are in resolution 55/13 have not been repeated. As for paragraph 47 of CRP.1, on the basis of the informal/informal discussions, a new formulation is now being proposed in paragraph 29 of the elements paper.

11) Finally, paragraph 30 of the elements paper includes now also the group of young people`s organizations and representatives of business, not only the notion of private sector in general.

I should now like to invite possible questions or clarifications on the introductory remarks and on the elements paper before us. At the same time, I should like to remind Member States that we shall proceed with informal/informal discussions on the basis of the introduced elements of a draft resolution on Friday, 26 January 2001.