Introduction of the reports of the Third Committee by Mr. Ervin Nina (Albania), rapporteur of the Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee (Third Committee)

Mr. President,
Excellencies,
Distinguished delegates,

It is a great honour and privilege for me to introduce to the General Assembly the reports of the Third Committee, submitted under agenda items allocated to it by the General Assembly, namely items 26, 27, 61, 63 to 68, 105, 106, 118 and 133.

The reports, contained in documents A/69/480 to A/69/492, include the texts of draft resolutions and decisions recommended to the General Assembly for adoption.

For the convenience of delegations, the Secretariat has issued document A/C.3/69/INF/1*, which contains a checklist of actions taken on the draft proposals contained in the reports before this Assembly

Mr. President,

Under agenda item 26, including sub-items (a) to (d), entitled “Social development”, the Third Committee recommends, in paragraph 37 of document A/69/480, the adoption of six draft resolutions.

Under agenda item 27, including sub-items (a) and (b), entitled “Advancement of women”, the Third Committee recommends, in paragraph 34 of document A/69/481, the adoption of five draft resolutions, and in paragraph 35, the adoption of one draft decision.

Under agenda item 61 entitled “Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, questions relating to refugees, returnees and displaced persons and humanitarian questions”, the Third Committee recommends, in paragraph 17 of document A/69/482, the adoption of three draft resolutions.

Under agenda item 63, entitled “Report of the Human Rights Council”, the Third Committee recommends, in paragraph 12 of document A/69/483, the adoption of one draft resolution.

Under agenda item 64 entitled “Promotion and protection of the rights of children”, the Third Committee recommends, in paragraph 29 of document A/69/484, the adoption of three draft resolutions, and in paragraph 30, the adoption of one draft decision.

Under agenda item 65 entitled “Rights of indigenous peoples”, the Third Committee recommends, in paragraph 12 of document A/69/485, the adoption of one draft resolution.

Under agenda item 66, entitled “Elimination of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance”, the Third Committee recommends, in paragraph 26 of document A/69/486, the adoption of three draft resolutions and, in paragraph 27, the adoption of one draft decision.

Under agenda item 67 entitled “Right of peoples to self-determination”, the Third Committee recommends, in paragraph 18 of document A/69/487 the adoption of three draft resolutions.

Under agenda item 68 entitled “Promotion and protection of human rights”, the Third Committee recommends, in paragraph 5 of document A/69/488, the adoption of one draft decision.

Under agenda item 68 (a) entitled “Promotion and protection of human rights: Implementation of human rights instruments”, the Third Committee wishes to advise the General Assembly that no action was required under the item.

Under agenda item 68 (b) entitled “Promotion and protection of human rights: Human rights questions, including alternative approaches for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms”, the Third Committee recommends, in paragraph 156 of document A/69/499/Add.2, the adoption of twenty-two draft resolutions.

Under agenda item 68 (c) entitled “Promotion and protection of human rights: Human rights situations and reports of special rapporteurs and representatives”, the Third Committee recommends, in paragraph 36 of document A/68/488/Add.3, the adoption of four draft resolutions.

It is my understanding that the Assembly will defer its consideration of draft resolution III, entitled “Situation of human rights in Myanmar” until such time that it has before it the pertinent report of the Fifth Committee.

Under agenda item 68 (d), entitled “Promotion and protection of human rights: comprehensive implementation of and follow-up to the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action”, the Third Committee wishes to advise the Assembly that no action was required under the item.

Under agenda item 105 entitled “Crime prevention and criminal justice”, the Third Committee recommends, in paragraph 41 of document A/69/489, the adoption of nine draft resolutions, and in paragraph 42, the adoption of one draft decision.

Under agenda item 106, entitled “International drug control”, the Third Committee recommends, in paragraph 15 of document A/69/490, the adoption of two draft resolutions, and in paragraph 16, the adoption of one draft decision.

Under agenda item 118, entitled “Revitalization of the work of the General Assembly”, the Third Committee recommends, in paragraph 6 of document A/69/491, the adoption of one draft decision.

Finally, under agenda item 133, entitled “Programme planning”, the Third Committee wishes to advise the Assembly, in document A/69/492, that no action was required under the item.

Mr. President,

I want to take this opportunity to thank my fellow Bureau members, in particular, the Chair of the Committee, Her Excellency Sofia Mesquita Borges, Permanent Representative of Timor-Leste; and the Vice-Chairs, Mr. Kurt Davis of Jamaica; Mr. Pierre Faye of Senegal; and Ms. Johanna Nilsson of Sweden, as well as the Secretary of the Committee, Mr. Moncef Khane, and his team for the support and friendship in the efficient management of the proceedings of the Third Committee, and for ensuring its timely conclusion.

Mr. President,

In conclusion, I should like to respectfully commend the reports of the Third Committee before the plenary of the General Assembly for its consideration.

I thank you.

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