Exports had remained stagnant or drastically declined due to low world prices, failure to adapt to changing markets and policies penalizing their traditional activity, Maldives’ delegate told the Second Committee (Economic and Financial) today as it began its debate on macroeconomic policy questions.
Delegates at the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) voiced their concerns with the financial shortfall facing the Organization’s regular budget before sending the General Assembly a draft resolution on programme planning that laid out priorities for the 2018-2019 biennium.
With 65 million people displaced and on the move, several European countries discussed myriad ways to deal with the unprecedented phenomenon by defeating terrorism, bringing human traffickers to justice, while others called on Member States to make the better choice between engagement and isolation as the General Assembly continued its annual debate today.
Capturing illicit financial flows could provide a “hidden resource” for funding development, delegates heard today at a joint meeting of the Second Committee (Economic and Financial) and the Economic and Social Council.
Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks, as prepared for delivery at the United Nations Global Compact Board Meeting in New York today:
While the management of transboundary aquifers was critical to the success of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, States needed to approach the matter in a manner conducive to their situation and region, delegates stressed, as the Sixth Committee (Legal) took up the International Law Commission’s work on the subject today.
Speakers in the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) today called for concrete steps to protect indigenous peoples’ rights, including through obtaining free, prior and informed consent and enhancing their participation in both national policy design and at the United Nations.