Monday, July 28, 2014

2010 Report from the Rapporteur of the Special Political and Decolonization Committee


On 10 December, Mr. Wali Naeemi as Minister Counsellor of the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the UN and Reporter of the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee) UNGA65 presented the final report on behalf of the bureau to the General Assembly. Under the guidance of the chair, Ambassador Chitsaka Chipaziwa of Zimbabwe, the Committee adopted a total of 25 draft resolutions and two draft decisions. Out of these, nine draft resolutions and two draft decisions were adopted without a vote.

The committee’s work was facilitated through a series of interactive dialogues and question and answer sessions with high-level representatives of the Secretariat, UN agencies and organs and considered agenda items 49 through 59 and also 118 and 130. The agenda items discussed a broad array of important issues, such as the effects of atomic radiation, information dissemination for humanity, co-operation in the peaceful uses of outer space and a comprehensive review of Peace Keeping Operations.

The committee also dealt with specific thematic issues such as the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East and the report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories.  Agenda items also included the fundamental issues of fourth committee, the issue of Non-Self-Governing Territories and the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples which has primacy in the committee’s deliberations and spans from agenda item 55 to 59.

The report summarizes the work of a productive session and Mr. Naeemi expressed appreciation for the efforts and efficiency of the committee members.