56th Plenary Meeting - General Assembly 75th Session

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03-Mar-2021 02:07:24
In recorded Vote, General Assembly adopts resolution underlining United Nations cooperation with chemical weapons prohibition organization.

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Five Other Texts Adopted, Including One Encouraging Strengthening Kimberly Process for Removing Conflict Diamonds from Global Supply Chain

The General Assembly adopted six draft resolutions today, including one — by a recorded vote — that underscored cooperation between the United Nations and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

By a recorded vote of 109 in favour to 3 against (China, Russian Federation, Syria), with 11 abstentions, it adopted the draft resolution titled “Cooperation between the United Nations and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons” (document A/75/L.56).

By doing so, it noted with appreciation OPCW’s ongoing efforts to implement the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on Their Destruction. Among other things, it also took note of the decision of the OPCW Executive Council on 9 July 2020 titled “Addressing the possession and use of chemical weapons by the Syrian Arab Republic” and welcomed its transmission to the Security Council and the Assembly.

Prior to adopting the text as a whole, the Assembly, through four recorded votes, retained a like number of its operative paragraphs.

The Netherlands’ representative — whose country hosts OPCW in The Hague — introduced the draft, saying that it contained both updates and language that emerged from balanced and constructive negotiations. The international community must ensure that those who violate the Chemical Weapons Convention are brought to justice, he said, adding that a strong message of support for cooperation between the United Nations and OPCW is more important than ever.

Syria’s representative, who requested that several paragraphs be put to a vote, said that the draft contained paragraphs unrelated to its title, making it a politicized, unobjective draft that focused on his country. He added that his delegation was unable to participate in negotiations, and that the draft is biased and mentions non-consensual mechanisms.

Five other draft resolutions before the Assembly today were adopted without a vote.

Through the text titled “The role of diamonds in fuelling conflict: breaking the link between the illicit transaction of rough diamonds and armed conflict as a contribution to prevention and settlement of conflicts” (document A/75/L.65), introduced by the Russian Federation’s delegate, the Assembly encouraged strengthening the Kimberley Process — aimed at removing conflict diamonds from the global supply chain — to enhance its effectiveness in addressing challenges posed to the diamond industry and related communities.

By the terms of the draft resolution titled “Cooperation between the United Nations and the Council of Europe” (document A/75/L.64), introduced by Germany’s representative, the Assembly recognized the need for the two organizations to speed up implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and encouraged them to strengthen their cooperation to address the COVID-19 health crisis. It also reiterated its call for reinforced cooperation between the two organizations for the promotion and protection of human rights, fundamental freedoms, democracy, the rule of law and good governance.

Through the text titled “Cooperation between the United Nations and the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea” (document A/75/Ll.66), introduced by Tajikistan’s delegate, the Assembly noted the importance of stronger cooperation and coordination between the United Nations system and the Fund. It also noted a proposal for a United Nations special programme for the Aral Sea basin, with consultations to that effect to be held in 2022.

In addition, the Assembly adopted draft resolutions, introduced by the representatives of Morocco and India respectively, to proclaim 10 May every year as the International Day of Argania and 2023 to be the International Year of Millets.

Also speaking today were representatives of Botswana, United Kingdom and South Africa.

The General Assembly will reconvene at 10 a.m. on Friday, 19 March, to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which falls this year on Sunday, 21 March.

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