Wednesday, 2 June 2010, 11.50 a.m.
President: Mr de Robien
PRESENTATION OF THE REPORT OF THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL
Original French: The PRESIDENT
I would like to declare open now the second sitting of the 99th Session of the Conference.
Under article 14, paragraph 8, of the Conference Standing Orders, I propose that we now give the floor to the Secretary-General of the Conference, Mr Somavia, for the introduction of his Report, Recovery and growth with decent work.
Original French: The SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE CONFERENCE
My Report, The situation of workers of the occupied Arab territories, depicts the harsh day-to-day reality of occupation, with deep tensions and continued widespread suffering. I salute the immense dignity, persistence and political conviction of the Palestinian people as they move, hopefully as a unified nation, towards a Palestinian State. The strengthening of Palestinian Authority institutions in the West Bank is a welcome development.
I join the Secretary-General of the United Nations in deploring the unacceptable events this week off the coast of Gaza, which have once again demonstrated how the unresolved conflict in the region can so easily explode into tragic loss of life. Our Report highlights the fact that, with the tight closure and blockade of Gaza, the livelihoods of Palestinian women and men, families and enterprises remain confined to very harsh coping strategies.
(The Conference adjourned at 12.25 p.m.)