46th Meeting of ECOSOC 2016 Session: Coordination and Management

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SIX OFFICIAL 26-Jul-2016 01:39:10
Continuing session, Economic and Social Council adopts 5 resolutions and 11 decisions ranging from crime prevention to indigenous issues, at the 46th meeting of the 2016 Session.
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Continuing its coordination and management session, the Economic and Social Council today adopted 5 resolutions and 11 decisions on topics ranging from crime prevention and criminal justice to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and narcotic drugs to the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

In the area of narcotic drugs, the Council adopted, without a vote, three decisions and two resolutions. Briefing on that issue, Vladimir Galuska, Chair of the fifty-ninth session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, said that 2016 was an important year as it contributed to the special session on the World Drug Problem. The session had resulted in the adoption of an outcome document on joint commitments to addressing and countering the world drug problem and providing recommendations on demand reduction.

Jagjit Pavadia, First Vice-President of the International Narcotics Control Board, emphasized that drug control actions must be consistent with human rights standards. Stressing that States had an obligation to protect children from drug use, he urged Governments to review their policies.

In other action, the Council adopted three decisions and three resolutions on the recommendations contained in the report of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.

“Leaving no one behind can only be predicated on the rule of law and effective criminal justice system”, said Friedrich Dauble, Chair of the Commission, stressing the specific needs of vulnerable members of society. Presenting the activities, he said that the Commission had considered strategic management, budgetary and administrative questions, and the integration and coordination of efforts by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Furthermore, it had adopted resolutions and decisions on combating trafficking in human organs, promoting legal aid and strengthening crime prevention.

Also today, the body adopted a decision on the enlargement of the Executive Committee of the Programme of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. By the text, the Council recommended that the General Assembly decide on enlarging the membership from 98 to 100 States, including Fiji and Paraguay.

It likewise adopted a decision titled “Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries for the Decade 2011-2020”. By its terms, the Council called upon the least developed countries, their development partners, and the United Nations system to implement the commitments made in the Istanbul Programme of Action.

The Council also adopted by consensus three decisions contained in the report of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues on its fifteenth session.

Other issues considered by the Council throughout the day included African countries emerging from conflict, long-term programme of support for Haiti, human rights, and the implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action.

The Council will meet again at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, 27 July, to take action on draft resolutions and conclude its work.
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