General Assembly: 100th Plenary Meeting, 75th Session

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02-Sep-2021 01:49:46
General Assembly adopts texts setting date for Durban Declaration commemoration, reaffirming commitment to zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation, abuse.

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The General Assembly decided today that it will convene a high-level meeting on 22 September to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the adoption of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action, while also reaffirming its commitment to eliminating sexual exploitation and abuse from the entire United Nations system.

Acting without a vote, the 193-member Assembly adopted the draft resolution “Scope, modalities, format and organization of the high-level meeting of the General Assembly to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the adoption of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action” (document A/75/L.128).

By the terms of that text, the meeting will consist of an opening plenary, two consecutive round tables and a closing plenary. The speakers at the opening session will include the Assembly President, Secretary-General, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Head of State of South Africa, as well as one speaker from each regional group. Representatives of non-governmental organizations and youth — both of which are actively engaged in combating racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance — are to be selected by the Assembly President.

Acting again without a vote, the Assembly adopted the draft resolution “United Nations action on sexual exploitation and abuse” (document A/75/L.129), by which it reaffirmed its commitment to the zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse throughout the United Nations system, including its agencies, funds and programmes.

By other terms, the Assembly underscored that troop- and police-contributing countries bear responsibility for investigating and holding their personnel accountable for perpetrating acts of sexual exploitation and abuse, in accordance with their national laws.

Speaking in explanation of position were the representatives of South Africa, Guinea (on behalf of the “Group of 77” developing countries and China), Russian Federation, Belarus, China, Mexico and the United States. Egypt’s representative introduced the draft “L.129”.

The General Assembly will reconvene at a time and date to be announced.
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