Second Committee aims to complete its work beginning of December

The Committee is gearing up for the finalization of its work. As of 29 November, it has adopted 18 resolutions out of expected 41 resolutions

Under agenda item 17 on Information and communications technologies for development, L.56 on Information communications technologies for development was adopted and the Committee concluded the consideration of this item. Under agenda item 18 on Macroeconomic policy question, the Committee adopted L.44 on International trade and development [18(a)] and L.48 on International financial system and development [18(b)]. The Committee concluded its consideration of sub-item 18(a).

Under agenda item 20 on sustainable development, draft resolutions L.17/Rev.1 on Oil slick on Lebanese shores, L.28/Rev.1 on Protection of coral reefs for sustainable livelihoods and development, and L.35/Rev.1 on Global code of Ethics for Tourism were adopted. Under sub-item (b) on follow-up to and implementation of the Mauritius Strategy for the Further Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States, the Committee adopted L.46 on Towards the sustainable development of the Caribbean Sea for present and future generations. Under sub-item (c) on International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, draft resolution L.54 on International cooperation to reduce the impact of the El Niño phenomenon was adopted. Under sub-item (d) on Protection of global climate for present and future generations of humankind, the Committee adopted draft resolution L.51, and concluded its consideration of sub-item 20 (d). Under sub-item (h) on United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, the Committee adopted draft resolution L.41 and concluded its consideration of sub-item 20 (h).

Under agenda item 22 on Globalization and interdependence, the Committee adopted draft resolutions L.20 on Towards a New International Economic Order and L.50 on Culture and development. Under agenda item 23 on Groups of countries in special situations, the Committee adopted L.55 on Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries. The Committee also adopted draft resolution L.47 on Groups of countries in special situations: specific actions related to the particular needs and problems of landlocked development countries. The Committee thus concluded its consideration of item 23 as a whole. Under agenda item 24 on Eradication of poverty and other development issues, the Committee adopted draft resolution L.10 on Promotion of ecotourism for poverty eradication and environment protection. Under agenda item 25, Operational activities for development: operational activities for development of the United Nations system, draft resolutions L.14 on Operational activities for development of the UN System and L.19 on Renaming of the title of the Executive Board of the UNDP and UNFPA to include UNOPS were adopted. The Committee concluded its consideration of item 25 as a whole. Under agenda item 60 on Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources, draft resolution L.31 was adopted.

In order to complete its work on the rescheduled conclusion date of 1 December, it has been announced that the all draft resolutions must be submitted for processing at the latest by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, 24 November.

The Committee is currently considering its methods of work with the aim of adopting a decision before the conclusion of its work in order to make the work of the Committee more effective and efficient.

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Innovative approaches in educating women, girls and the marginalized

In support of the 2011 ECOSOC Annual Ministerial Review (AMR), a regional preparatory meeting for the West Asia region will be held on 9 December in Doha, Qatar

In the Arab region, many girls and women remain excluded from learning opportunities and only nine of the twenty two Arab States have achieved gender parity in primary education. For groups most at risk of suffering from inequalities, disparities and multiple combined forms of exclusion, lack of access to education and the poor quality of the education received, remain major challenges. The underlying causes of educational marginalization are diverse and often interlinked with inequalities and marginalization in other sectors.

The ECOSOC meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss innovative approaches and policy responses that have worked to address these multiple barriers. The meeting, which will be held in conjunction with the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), will include a ministerial working lunch to identify policy options and key messages from the region to be brought to the July 2011 ECOSOC AMR for the action of Ministers.

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Principles of equity and social justice

International Human Solidarity Day will be commemorated worldwide on 20 December

In the Millennium Declaration world leaders identified Solidarity as one of the fundamental values essential to international relations in the twenty-first century and emphasized that “Global challenges must be managed in a way that distributes the costs and burdens fairly in accordance with basic principles of equity and social justice. Those who suffer or who benefit least deserve help from those who benefit most.” In the context of globalization and the challenge of growing inequality, the strengthening of international solidarity and cooperation is indispensable for the realization of the Millennium Development Goals.

The concept of solidarity has defined the work of the United Nations since the birth of the Organization. The creation of the United Nations drew the peoples and nations of the world together to promote peace, human rights and social and economic development.

The organization was founded on a basic premise of unity and harmony among its members expressed in the concept of collective security that relies on the solidarity of its members to unite “to maintain international peace and security”. It is in the spirit of solidarity that the organization relies on “cooperation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural or humanitarian character” as well (UN Charter).

Solidarity, as a central pillar of international cooperation, acquires new meaning in the face of globalization and growing interdependence.  In particular, a globalizing world offers new opportunities to forge innovative alliances that can unleash the potential for broader and faster economic and social development.

Among the more important aspects of solidarity at the international level are assistance, development aid and cooperation. “For the global community aid represents a mechanism for expressing human solidarity and for extending opportunity. Whether motivated by human rights, religious values or wider ethical systems, aid’s role in eliminating mass poverty, hunger and avoidable child deaths is a moral imperative” (Human Development Report, 2005).

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