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


Elements of a Draft Resolution on organisational matters
for the 25 Special Session the General Assembly entitled

Review of the problem of HIV/AIDS in all its aspects



The President of the General Assembly
is recommending the following decisions by the General Assembly

23 January 2001

 

Date and duration

1. In accordance with resolution 55/13, the special session shall be convened from 25 to 27 June 2001.

President

2. The special session shall be held under the presidency of the President of the fifty-fifth regular session of the General Assembly.

Vice-Presidents

3. The Vice-Presidents of the special session shall be the same as those of the fifty-fifth regular session of the General Assembly.

Credentials Committee

4. The Credentials Committee of the special session shall have the same membership as the Credentials Committee of the fifty-fifth regular session of the General Assembly.

General Committee


5. The General Committee shall consist of the President and the 21 Vice-Presidents of the special session, and the Chairpersons of the six Main Committees of the fifty-fifth regular session of the General Assembly.

Rules of procedure

6. The rules of procedure of the General Assembly shall apply to the special session.

Level of representation

7. In accordance with resolution 55/13, Member States and observers are invited to be represented at the special session at the highest political level.

Schedule of plenary meetings

8. The special session shall consist of a total of eight plenary meetings, as follows:

Monday, 25 June 2001, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 to 6 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m.

Tuesday, 26 June 2001, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 to 6 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m.

Wednesday, 27 June 2001, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 to 6 p.m.

9. At the opening meeting, on Monday, 25 June 2001, the first speakers will be the President of the General Assembly, the Secretary-General and the head of delegation of the host country of the Organisation. The last hour of the afternoon meeting on Wednesday, 27 June 2001, will be devoted to the adoption of the Declaration of Commitment and the closing of the special session.

Debate in plenary

10. Statements in the debate in plenary shall not exceed five minutes.

11 The list of speakers for the special session shall be established by a drawing of lots on the basis of the eight meetings. Member States, the Holy See and Switzerland, in their capacity as observer States, and Palestine, in its capacity as observer, shall be invited to participate in the drawing of lots.

Participation of speakers other than Member States in the debate in plenary


12. Organisations and entities having received a standing invitation to participate as observers in the sessions and the work of the General Assembly may participate in the debate in plenary.

13. Entities of the United Nations system, including programmes, funds, specialised agencies and regional commissions, with specific expertise in the subject matter of the special session may participate in the debate in plenary, provided that they are represented at the highest level.

14. A limited number of representatives of civil society actors with specific expertise in the subject matter and accredited to the special session in accordance with resolution 55.13 and based on the principle of equitable geographical representation shall be invited to participate in the debate in the plenary.

Round tables

15. In resolution 55/13, the General Assembly decided that the special session shall, in addition to plenary meetings, be composed of open-ended interactive round tables, each interactive round table to be held in concurrence with a plenary meeting. The round-table sessions shall be held as follows:

Monday, 25 June 2001, from 3 to 6 p.m.

Tuesday, 26 June 2001, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 to 6 p.m.

Wednesday, 27 June 2001, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

16. The chairpersons of the four round tables shall be from the four regional groups not represented by the President of the General Assembly. The four chairpersons shall be selected by their respective regional groups. Summaries of the deliberations of the four round tables will be presented orally by the chairpersons of the round tables(individually or collectively) during the concluding plenary meeting of the special session.

17. The themes to be discussed during the round tables are outlined in resolution 55/13. These themes may be grouped, inter alia, in the following manner noting that while Aids is a global crisis, Africa is the most affected region, and therefore, will be a cross-cutting subject in all four round tables:

Round table 1


HIV prevention and care

Round table 2

Human rights and HIV/AIDS, including the right to live without stigma related to AIDS

Round table 3

The social and economic impact of the epidemic and the strengthening of national capacities to combat HIV/AI

Round table 4

International funding and co-operation

18. The round tables shall be organised in an open-ended format, open to Member States and observers, and to those entities of the United Nations system, including programmes, funds, the specialised agencies and regional commissions, which have specific expertise in the subject matter of the special session as well as those civil society actors, including organisations of people living with HIV/AIDS, non-governmental organisations and private sector representatives, which are accredited to participate in the special session and its preparatory process.

Outcome document of the special session


19. The special session shall consider and adopt a Declaration of Commitment on the HIV/AIDS pandemic to which shall build on the report of the Secretary-General and other background documents as may be deemed necessary. The report of the Secretary-General shall address, but not be restricted to, the issues defined in resolution 55/13.

20. The special session may also consider other relevant documentation, as well as inputs from the civil society organisations, as deemed necessary and feasible by the Member States during the preparatory process.

Preparatory process of the special session

Documentation

21. In order to facilitate and focus the preparatory consultations, the Secretary-General shall, in accordance with resolution 55/13, present a comprehensive report. The report will be made available to Member States not later than 20 February 2001.

Programme of work


22. Two substantive sessions of the open-ended informal consultations of the plenary shall be convened from 26 February to 2 March and from 23 to 27 April 2001. In accordance with resolution 55/13, these consultations shall submit proposals for final decision by the General Assembly.

23. During the two sessions of the open-ended consultations of the plenary, interactive panel discussions with civil society actors may be organised.

24. On the basis of the Secretary-General's report, an "issues paper" on possible elements of the Declaration of Commitment will be made available to the Member States and observers. A short meeting of the informal consultations shall be organised on 20 February 2001 to introduce the "issues paper".

25. The 26 February to 2 March 2001 open-ended consultations of the plenary shall focus on discussion of the Secretary-General's report and the issues paper.

26. The first draft outline of the Declaration of Commitment shall be submitted to the Member States and observers by 12 March 2001, and a short meeting of the open-ended informal consultations of the plenary shall be convened at that time to introduce it.

27. The 23 to 27 April 2001 open-ended consultations of the plenary shall focus on the draft Declaration of Commitment.

Accreditation and modalities of participation of civil society actors in the Preparatory process


28. Resolution 55/13 defined three categories of civil society actors to be accredited to the preparatory activities and special session:

(a) Those which enjoy consultative status with the Economic and Social Council, in accordance with Council resolution 1996/31 of 25 July 1996;

(b) Those which are members of the Programme Co-ordination Board of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS;

(c) Those which are approved from the list, prepared by the Executive Director of UNAIDS, for consideration by Member States, on a non-objection basis during the preparatory process, for final decision by the General Assembly. The list shall be submitted to Member States not later than 15 February 2001.

29. As per 55/13 the contribution of civil society actors in the response to the epidemic of HIV/AIDS is significant and the need for their active involvement in the preparatory process and the special session is therefor crucial. Civil society actors in categories (a) to (c) with specific expertise in the subject matter of the special session will be invited to attend the discussion on the report of the Secretary-General's. Additional inter-active sessions may be organised with civil society actors in order to get their in put in the preparatory process.

30. Member States are encouraged to include representatives of civil society actors, people living with HIV/AIDS or representatives of their associations, as well as young people`s organizations, and representatives of business and private sector in their national delegations to the special session, an prior to that to the preparatory process.

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