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75th Plenary Meeting of General Assembly: 51st Session - Part 2

Concrete measures and ‘renewed sense of outrage’ needed to end trafficking in women and children, Secretary-General tells Assembly at 75th plenary meeting of the 51st session.

Assembly Observes International Day for Abolition of Slavery, Adopts Texts on New And Restored Democracies, New Agenda for Africa.

The highly organized, international trafficking in human beings, particularly young women and girls, was an evil trade which could only be ended through concerted national and international action, Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali told the General Assembly this morning, as it observed the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.

Good intentions, the Secretary-General went on to say, were not enough. They must be translated into concrete measures, new legislation, and an increase in resources at the national and international levels. The realities of trafficking in women and children must be addressed with urgency and a renewed sense of outrage.

President of the Assembly, Razali Ismail (Malaysia) described the persistence of the problem as a "reproach to our age" which was nothing short of modern slavery and an affront to humanity. Women and children were being transformed into marketable objects to satisfy any and every demand. Such abuse should have no place in the world. "Each of us must step forward to guarantee the fundamental rights of those who had lost theirs", he concluded.

Carme Sala Sansa, Minister of Education, Youth and Sports of Andorra said all forms of violence against women must cease: economic, social, political, physical and sexual violence. She stressed that as the third millennium begins, the power relationships among human beings -- and among the sexes -- must be transformed into relationships founded in justice.

Statements were also made this morning by the representatives of the Congo, Mexico (on behalf of the Latin American and Caribbean States), United States, Ireland (on behalf of the European Union and associated States), Philippines, Mongolia (on behalf of the Asian States), Belgium, Canada, Norway and Jamaica.

In earlier action, the Assembly adopted without a vote a resolution encouraging Member States to promote democratization and to make additional efforts to support the steps taken by governments to promote and consolidate new or restored democracies. It invited the Secretary-General, Member States, the relevant specialized agencies and bodies of the United Nations system, as well as other intergovernmental organizations, to collaborate in the holding of the Third International Conference on New or Restored Democracies.

Also acting without a vote, the Assembly adopted the conclusions of the mid-term review of the implementation of the United Nations New Agenda for the Development of Africa in the 1990s. It affirmed the importance of effective follow-up, monitoring and evaluation arrangements for the implementation of the New Agenda.

In further action, the Assembly declared 7 December as International Civil Aviation Day, and urged governments as well as relevant national, regional, international and intergovernmental organizations to take appropriate steps to observe it.

The President of the Assembly announced a schedule for consideration of the reports of the Main Committees. On Tuesday afternoon, 10 December, the Assembly will consider the reports of the First Committee. The reports of the Third Committee will be considered in the afternoon of Thursday, 12 December, and the reports of the Fourth Committee on Friday, 13 December in the morning.

On Monday morning, 16 December, the Assembly will consider the reports of the Sixth Committee, followed in the afternoon by the reports of the Second Committee. On Friday morning, 13 December, the Assembly will also consider its agenda item 19 on the implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples.

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