26 July 2012
|Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York|
Economic and Social Council2012 Substantive Session46th & 47th Meetings (AM & PM)
ON PENULTIMATE DAY OF SUBSTANTIVE SESSION, ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL ADOPTS TEXTS ON SOCIAL, HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES SUBMITTED BY SUBSIDIARY BODIES
Adopts by Recorded Votes Text on:
United Nations Support to Non-Self-Governing Territories
Turning to the implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, the Council had before it a resolution on support to Non-Self-Governing Territories by the specialized agencies and international institutions associated with the United Nations (document E/2012/L.22).
Before action, Italy’s representative said his delegation was not in a position to accept the text. “We were expecting that this was not going to be approved by consensus”.
delegate requested a recorded vote. United States
By a vote of 32 in favour to none against, with 18 abstentions, the Council adopted the resolution. By its terms, the Council recommended that all States intensify their efforts within the United Nations specialized agencies and organizations to ensure the full implementation of the Declaration. The specialized agencies were requested to review conditions in each Non-Self-Governing Territory so that they could take measures to speed economic and social progress.
Speaking after the vote,
representative thanked delegations that had voted in favour of the resolution. Ecuador
The representative of the
noted that the resolution was
virtually identical to those considered by the Council in recent years.
She had abstained in the vote, despite agreeing in principle that United
Nations agencies, funds and programmes could provide support to Territories, so
long as administering Powers allowed it. The administering Power was to
decide the participation of Territories in the United Nations. The United
States Federal Government had the sole responsibility for United States
foreign relations. She was concerned that the language of the text
infringed on internal constitutional arrangements and thus could not support
the resolution. United States
The resolution also urged those United Nations agencies and organizations that had not yet done so to provide assistance to the Territories as soon as possible. For their part, the administering Powers were requested to facilitate the participation of appointed and elected representatives of those Territories in relevant meetings of the United Nations specialized agencies and organizations.