49th Meeting of ECOSOC 2016 Session: Coordination and Management

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Concluding Coordination and Management Segment, Economic and Social Council adopts 10 resolutions and 5 decisions at 49th meeting of the 2016 session.
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The Economic and Social Council concluded its coordination and management segment this afternoon with the adoption of 10 draft resolutions and 5 draft decisions.

In one resolution, the Council recommended that all States intensify their efforts to ensure the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples.

Rafael Darío Ramírez Carreño (Venezuela) Chair of the Special Committee on Decolonization introduced the resolution titled “support to Non-Self-Governing Territories by the specialized agencies and international institutions associated with the United Nations”, saying that the text requested the United Nations system to examine and review conditions in each Non-Self-Governing Territory to accelerate their progress in the economic and social sectors.

The resolution was approved with a recorded vote of 22 in favour to none against and 23 abstentions, with several delegations said they would abstain from the vote because they believed the subject was not under the mandate of the Council.

The Council also adopted two resolutions under the topic of science and technology for development, one contained in a report that assessed the progress made in the implementation of and the follow-up to outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society.

In presenting the related report, Dong Wu, Chief of the Science and Technology Section of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), said that a number of issues pertaining to information and communications technology, bridging the digital divide, the enabling environment, human rights, building confidence and Internet governance were all explored in the text.

Further, the Council adopted another resolution contained within a report from the Commission on Population and Development. That report highlighted the forward-looking nature of the forty-ninth session of the Commission as a significant event that underscored the importance of population data and research, including in the context of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Roland Ocampo (Mexico) Co-Chair of the Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Management at its fifth session and Vice-President of the Mexican Institute for Statistics and Geography introduced a draft resolution on strengthening institutional arrangements on geospatial information management.

The resolution reflected the significant achievements the Committee of Experts had made, he said, including its ability to contribute to the work of the United Nations. Further, the text also highlighted the need for the establishment of strong regional infrastructure for the strengthening of coordination, capacity building and coherence of geospatial information management, especially in developing countries.

The Economic and Social Council will reconvene at 10 a.m. on Thursday, 28 July, to elect the President and Vice-Presidents for its 2017 session.
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