Second Committee Introduces 14 Draft Resolutions, Including Text Underlining Contribution of Migration, Human Mobility to Sustainable Development

2 November 2016
Seventy-first Session, 23rd Meeting (AM)

Second Committee Introduces 14 Draft Resolutions, Including Text Underlining Contribution of Migration, Human Mobility to Sustainable Development

The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) today introduced 14 draft resolutions, including a text underscoring the massive contribution of migration and human mobility to sustainable development.

Introducing that draft (document A/C.2/71/L.25), Thailand’s representative, speaking for the “Group of 77” developing countries and China, said it emphasized the need to respect migrants’ rights and treat them humanely.  The text also highlighted the importance of well-managed policies minimizing the negative impacts of migration.

She then introduced 12 additional draft texts, mainly on topics related to sustainable development, the Committee’s main focus during this year’s session.

A text on “agriculture development, food security and nutrition” (document A/C.2/71/L.34) noted that nearly 800 million people remained undernourished worldwide.  Entwining agricultural production, nutrition and sustainability with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, it also focused on technology transfer and food waste, recommending a twin track short- and long-term approach to food security.

Texts introduced under the agenda item on macroeconomic policy questions included “promotion of international cooperation to curb and recover illicit financial flows” (document A/C.2/71/L.31), which reaffirmed the international community’s commitment to detect, prevent and counter illicit financial flows and take measures to ensure that financial and designated non-financial institutions tracked, stopped, recovered and returned the proceeds of such flows.

Other drafts under that agenda item focused on “international trade and development” (document A/C.2/71/L.29), “international financial system and development” (document A/C.2/71/L.30) and “external debt sustainability and development” (document A/C.2/71/L.33).

A text was introduced on “follow-up to and implementation of the outcomes of the International Conferences on Financing for Development” (document A/C.2/71/L.32).  That text urged international, bilateral and other potential donors to consider contributing generously to the Trust Fund for the Follow-up to the International Conference on Financing for Development.

Highlighting groups of countries in special situations, texts were introduced on “follow-up to the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries” (document A/C.2/71/L.26) and “follow-up to the second United Nations Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries” (document A/C.2/71/L.27).

Drafts focusing on the eradication of poverty included “Second United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (2008-2017)” (document A/C.2/71/L.24) and “industrial development cooperation” (document A/C.2/71/L.22).

Texts were also introduced on “implementation of the outcomes of the United Nations Conferences on Human Settlements and on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development and strengthening of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)” (document A/C.2/71/L.36) as well as “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” (document A/C.2/71/L.35)

Morocco’s representative introduced a draft resolution on “promotion of sustainable tourism, including ecotourism, for poverty eradication and environment protection” (document A/C.2/71/L.23).

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