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WORKING GROUP I

The Working Group considered outstanding paragraphs during morning and afternoon sessions. In 41 (development of girls), delegates accepted "spiritual, intellectual and material needs" for survival, agreed that discrimination begins "at the earliest stage of life" and included "female infanticide and prenatal sex selection," "forced prostitution," "sale of their organs and tissues" and "early marriage" in the list of harmful practices. In 42 (youth population), the G77/China stated that, with the reservation of Iran, they could delete "equity," which was agreed for 42 and 43 (advancement of women).

In 4 (immediate and concerted action), delegates unbracketed an "equitable" world. The references to "universal" human rights and "equity" for all were deleted, although Yemen and Sudan objected. In 291 (national and international institutions), the same solution to "equity" was applied. The EU, Bolivia, Turkey and others supported deleting the reference to respect for cultural values of nations. Iran, Malta, the Russian Federation and others preferred retaining the text, which was sent to an informal group.

In 242(d) (indigenous forms of media), delegates agreed with New Zealand to retain "reflecting their cultures," although Yemen, Jordan and others supported "reflecting their moral, ethical and religious" values. In 5 (commitment), delegates called for "adequate mobilization of resources at national and international levels as well as new and additional resources to developing countries from all available funding mechanisms..." In 343 (international financial institutions), the institutions "are encouraged" to review policies and to increase the number of women in high-level positions and the Bretton Woods and UN institutions should establish substantive dialogues. In 362 (efficiency of UN), delegates noted that "allocation" of additional resources from the UN budget "will also be necessary."

Delegates added "consistent with freedom of expression" to 239(h) (media involvement in social issues). Paragraph 35 (global communication) was resolved by referring to the potential of the media to promote the advancement of women through non-stereotypical, balanced portrayals. In 274(d) (equal succession and inheritance), delegates called for the elimination of obstacles to inheritance faced by the girl child, inter alia enacting, as appropriate, legislation that ensures the equal right to inherit regardless of sex. Libya, Iraq and Iran reserved.

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