Sixth Committee (Legal) — 75th session

Observer status for the Small Island Developing States Dock (SIDS DOCK) in the General Assembly (Agenda item 180)

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Background (source: A/75/150)

By the letter dated 9 June 2020 (A/75/142) addressed to the Secretary-General, the Permanent Representative of Belize requested the inclusion of this item in the provisional agenda of the seventy-fifth session.

Consideration at the seventy-fifth session

The Sixth Committee considered the item at its 14th and 19th meetings, on 6 and 19 November 2020 (see A/C.6/75/SR.14 and 19).

Statements were made by the representatives of BelizeMalaysiaMicronesia (Federated States of) and Singapore.

Delegations expressed support for granting observer status to the Small Island Developing States Dock (SIDS DOCK).

Archived videos and summaries of plenary meetings

Video   14th meeting (6 November 2020, 3:00pm – 6:00pm) | Summary

Video   19th meeting (19 November 2020, 3:00pm – 6:00pm) | Summary

Action taken by the Sixth Committee

At the 14th meeting, on 6 November, the representative of Belize, also on behalf of Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Cabo Verde, the Comoros, Cuba, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Fiji, Germany, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Jamaica, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia (Federated States of), Palau, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, Suriname, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu and Vanuatu, introduced a draft resolution entitled "Observer status for the Small Island Developing States Dock (SIDS DOCK) in the General Assembly" (A/C.6/75/L.5) and announced that Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Singapore had joined in sponsoring the draft resolution.

At the 19th meeting, on 19 November, the representative of Belize announced that Austria, Canada, Equatorial Guinea, the Republic of Moldova, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates had joined in sponsoring the draft resolution. Subsequently, Haiti and Spain also joined as sponsors of the draft resolution.

At the same meeting, the Committee adopted draft resolution A/C.6/75/L.5 without a vote.

Under the draft resolution, the General Assembly would decide to invite the Small Island Developing States Dock (SIDS DOCK) to participate in the sessions and the work of the General Assembly in the capacity of observer; and request the Secretary-General to take the necessary action to implement the resolution.

Subsequent action taken by the General Assembly

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