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13 March 1998
Commission on the Status of Women
Report on the forty-second session
(2-13 March 1998)
Economic and Social Council
Official Records, 1998
Supplement No. 7
MATTERS CALLING FOR ACTION BY THE ECONOMIC
AND SOCIAL COUNCIL OR BROUGHT TO ITS ATTENTION
Draft resolution to be recommended by the Council at its resumed
organizational session for 1998 for adoption by the General Assembly
Follow-up to the Fourth World Conference on Women and full implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action
Draft resolutions for adoption by the Council
I. Situation of women and girls in Afghanistan
II. Palestinian women
III. Mid-term review of the system-wide medium-term plan for the advancement of women, including the status of women in the Secretariat
IV. Conclusions of the Commission on the Status of Women on critical areas of concern identified in the Beijing Platform for Action
Draft decision for adoption by the Council
Report of the Commission on the Status of Women on its forty-second session and provisional agenda and documentation for the forty-third session of the Commission
Matters brought to the attention of the Council
Resolution 42/1. Human rights and land rights discrimination
Resolution 42/2. Release of women and children taken hostage in armed conflicts, including those subsequently imprisoned
Resolution 42/3. Violence against women migrant workers
Resolution 42/4. Older women and support systems: gender and caregiving
Resolution 42/5. Fiftieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Decision 42/101. Documents considered by the Commission on the Status of Women under agenda items 3 and 5
COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN ACTING AS THE PREPARATORY
COMMITTEE FOR THE HIGH-LEVEL REVIEW IN THE YEAR 2000 OF THE
IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NAIROBI FORWARD-LOOKING STRATEGIES FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF WOMEN AND THE BEIJING PLATFORM FOR ACTION, TO BE HELD BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
FOLLOW-UP TO THE FOURTH WORLD CONFERENCE ON WOMEN
COMMUNICATIONS CONCERNING THE STATUS OF WOMEN
CONVENTION ON THE ELIMINATION OF ALL FORMS OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN, INCLUDING THE ELABORATION OF A DRAFT OPTIONAL PROTOCOL TO THE CONVENTION
PROVISIONAL AGENDA FOR THE FORTY-THIRD SESSION OF THE COMMISSION
ADOPTION OF THE REPORT OF THE COMMISSION ON ITS FORTY-SECOND SESSION
ORGANIZATION OF THE SESSION
A. Opening and duration of the session
C. Election of officers
D. Agenda and organization of work
E. Consultations with non-governmental organizations
SUMMARIES OF THE PANEL DISCUSSIONS ON THE CRITICAL AREAS OF CONCERN
REPORT OF THE OPEN-ENDED WORKING GROUP ON THE ELABORATION OF A DRAFT OPTIONAL PROTOCOL TO THE CONVENTION ON THE ELIMINATION OF ALL FORMS OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN
LIST OF DOCUMENTS BEFORE THE COMMISSION AT ITS FORTY-SECOND SESSION
DRAFT RESOLUTION II
The Economic and Social Council
Having considered with appreciation
the report of the Secretary-General concerning the situation of Palestinian women and assistance provided by organizations of the United Nations system,
the Nairobi Forward-looking Strategies for the Advancement of Women, in particular paragraph 260 concerning Palestinian women and children, and the Beijing Platform for Action adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women,
its resolution 1997/16 of 21 July 1997 and other relevant United Nations resolutions,
the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women as it concerns the protection of civilian populations,
about the stalemate facing the Middle East peace process, including the lack of implementation of the agreements reached in Washington D.C. between the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Government of Israel, and the deterioration of the socio-economic conditions of the Palestinian people as a result of the Israeli positions and measures,
about the continuing difficult situation of Palestinian women in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, and about the severe consequences of continuous illegal Israeli settlements activities, as well as the harsh economic conditions and other consequences for the situation of Palestinian women and their families, resulting from the frequent closures and isolation of the occupied territory,
its support for the Middle East peace process and the need for speedy and full implementation of the agreements already reached between the parties;
that the Israeli occupation remains a major obstacle for Palestinian women with regard to their advancement, self-reliance and integration in the development planning of their society;
that Israel, the occupying Power, comply fully with the provisions and principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,
the Regulations annexed to the Hague Convention of 1907
and the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949,
in order to protect the rights of Palestinian women and their families;
Israel to facilitate the return of all refugees and displaced Palestinian women and children to their homes and properties in the occupied Palestinian territory, in compliance with relevant United Nations resolutions;
Member States, financial organizations of the United Nations system, non-governmental organizations and other relevant institutions to intensify their efforts to provide financial and technical assistance to Palestinian women for the creation of projects responding to their needs, especially during the transitional period;
the Commission on the Status of Women to continue to monitor and take action with regard to the implementation of the Nairobi Forward-looking Strategies for the Advancement of Women, in particular paragraph 260 concerning Palestinian women and children, and the Beijing Platform for Action;
the Secretary-General to continue to review the situation and to assist Palestinian women by all available means, and to submit to the Commission on the Status of Women at its forty-third session a report on the progress made in the implementation of the present resolution.
/ General Assembly resolution 217 (III).
/ See Carnegie Endowment for International Peace,
The Hague Conventions and Declarations of 1899 and 1907
(New York, Oxford University Press, 1915).
/ United Nations,
vol. 75, No. 973.
FOLLOW-UP TO THE FOURTH WORLD CONFERENCE ON WOMEN
22. The observer for Palestine also made a statement.
60. At the 12th meeting, on 12 March, the representative of Indonesia, on behalf of the States Members of the United Nations that are members of the Group of 77 and China, introduced and orally corrected a draft resolution (E/CN.6/1998/L.9) entitled "Palestinian women".
61. At the 13th meeting, on 13 March, the Commission adopted the draft resolution, as corrected, by a recorded vote of 34 to 1, with 5 abstentions (see chap. I, sect. B, draft resolution II). The voting was as follows: The delegation of Peru subsequently indicated that, had it been present during the voting, it would have voted in favour of the draft resolution.
: Angola, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Côte d'Ivoire, Cuba, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Japan, Malaysia, Mali, Mexico, Morocco, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Sudan, Swaziland, Thailand, Togo, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
: United States of America.
: Lebanon, Lesotho, Norway, Rwanda, Uganda.
62. Before the draft resolution was adopted, statements were made by the representative of the United States of America and the observer for Israel; after it was adopted, statements were made by the representatives of Lebanon, Norway and the Russian Federation and the observer for the Syrian Arab Republic. The observer for Palestine also made a statement.
Human rights of women: Moderator's summary
22. ... Concern was expressed about the situation of women and children in Algeria and Palestine and for Palestinian women, who remained refugees and were unable to return to their homeland. ...