Agenda item 40
Report of the Second Committee
Rapporteur: Ms. Denise McQuade (Ireland)
1. At its 2nd plenary meeting, on 18 September 2009, the General Assembly, on the recommendation of the General Committee, decided to include in the agenda of its sixty-fourth session the item entitled "Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources" and to allocate it to the Second Committee.
2. The Second Committee considered the item at its 22nd, 30th and 34th meetings, on 27 October and on 3 and 12 November 2009. An account of the Committee's discussion of the item is contained in the relevant summary records (A/C.2/64/SR.22, 30 and 34). Attention is also drawn to the general debate held by the Committee at its 2nd to 7th meetings, from 5 to 7 October (see A/C.2/64/SR.2-7).
3. For its consideration of the item, the Committee had before it the following documents:
(a) Relevant chapters of the report of the Economic and Social Council for 2009;1
(b) Note by the Secretary-General transmitting the report prepared by the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia on the economic and social repercussions of the Israeli occupation on the living conditions of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan (A/64/77-E/2009/13);
(c) Letter dated 30 September 2009 from the Permanent Representative of the Sudan to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General (A/64/489).
4. At the 22nd meeting, on 27 October, the Director of the United Nations Regional Commissions New York Office made an introductory statement (see A/C.2/64/SR.22).
5. At the same meeting, pursuant to section C, paragraph 3 (d), of General Assembly resolution 58/316, the Committee held a dialogue with the representative of the Secretariat, during which comments were made and questions were posed by the representative of the Syrian Arab Republic and the observer for Palestine, to which the Director of the Regional Commissions New York Office responded (see A/C.2/64/SR.22).