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Second Committee begins General Debate as UN officials urge shift in focus to emerging issuesThe Second Committee opened its first general debate on 9 October with Chair Abdou Salam Diallo (Senegal) stating that the Committee (Economic and Financial) must break new ground and forge the connection between globalization and sustainable development. He called for focus on countries in special situations, notably those least developed, in conflict situations, and experiencing the effects of climate change.
Throughout the day, delegates took stock of the year’s progress made towards accelerating achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Committee Chair Diallo discussed the body’s working methods and proposed six side events on the following topics: equality of opportunity and education policy; inequality, growth and the global economic outlook; biodiversity; Small Island Developing States and sustainable development; sustainable development challenges and accelerating achievement of the MDGs; and the future of employment.
When the floor opened for discussion, several delegations proposed improvements to the Committee’s working methods, including a reduced number of resolutions which would allow more effective distribution of workload.
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