Situation of and Assistance to Palestinian Women – ECOSOC Debate, Vote on Draft Resolution – Summary Record (E/2018/SR.34)


Draft resolution III: Situation of and assistance to Palestinian women

  1. A recorded vote was taken on the draft resolution.

In favour:

Afghanistan, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Chile, China, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ghana, Guyana, India, Iraq, Lebanon, Malawi, Morocco, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Russian Federation, South Africa, Sudan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Viet Nam.


Canada, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America.


Andorra, Belgium, Czechia, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Republic of Korea, Romania, Spain, Togo.

* The delegation of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines subsequently informed the Council that it had intended to vote in favour of the draft resolution, and the delegation of Denmark that it had intended to abstain.

The draft resolution was adopted by 27 votes to 3, with 13 abstentions.*

  1. Mr. Schettino (Italy) said that his country attached the utmost importance to the advancement and empowerment of women, including to the situation of and assistance to Palestinian women. It continued to be deeply concerned about the impact of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on all women and their families in the region and remained committed to achieving a two-State solution, on the basis of the parameters set out in the Council conclusions of July 2014, that met Israeli and Palestinian security needs and Palestinian aspirations for statehood and sovereignty, ended the occupation that began in 1967 and resolved all permanent status issues in order to end the conflict.
  2. The resolution addressed a range of important issues, on which the European Union had actively engaged in the context of the General Assembly. Italy had abstained from the vote because the country-specific issues covered in the resolution should be dealt with in that framework. The European Union had expressed that position repeatedly, both in the current forum and directly in contacts with the Permanent Observer Mission of the State of Palestine. Italy therefore strongly encouraged the phasing out of the resolution within the foreseeable future and was ready to work constructively with the Observer Mission in that regard. A lack of concrete progress in that direction in the future would be detrimental to efforts to maintain cohesion.

Section C

Draft decision: Report of the Commission on the Status of Women on its sixty-second session and provisional agenda and documentation for the sixty-third session of the Commission

  1. The draft decision was adopted.
  2. The President proposed that the Council should take note of the report of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (A/73/38).
  3. It was so decided.

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