Fourth World Conference on Women
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Chapter 6: Report of the Credentials Committee
1. At its 1st plenary meeting, on 4 September 1995, the Fourth World
Conference on Women, in accordance with rule 4 of the rules of procedure of the
Conference, appointed a Credentials Committee, based on the composition of the Credentials
Committee of the General Assembly of the United Nations at its forty-ninth session,
consisting of the following nine members: China, Fiji, Honduras, Namibia, Portugal,
Russian Federation, Suriname, Togo and United States of America.
2. The Credentials Committee held one meeting, on 8 September 1995.
3. Mr. Pedro Catarino (Portugal) was unanimously elected Chairperson of
4. The Committee had before it a memorandum by the Secretary-General dated
7 September 1995 on the status of credentials of representatives participating in the
Conference. Additional information on credentials received by the Secretary-General after
the issuance of the memorandum was provided to the Committee by its Secretary.
5. As noted in paragraph 1 of the memorandum by the Secretary-General, as
updated by the additional information received, formal credentials issued by the Head of
State or Government or by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, as provided for in rule 3 of
the rules of procedure, were received by the Secretary-General for the representatives of
the following 106 States participating in the Conference:
Albania, Algeria, Angola, Australia, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus,
Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Cameroon,
Canada, Chile, Congo, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People's Republic
of Korea, Denmark, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Gambia, Germany, Guyana,
Haiti, Hungary, India, Iraq, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan,
Latvia, Liberia, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Madagascar, Malawi,
Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar,
Namibia, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niger, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New
Guinea, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian
Federation, Saint Lucia, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles,
Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan,
Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago,
Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom of Great Britain and
Northern Ireland, United Republic of Tanzania, United States of America and Uzbekistan.
6. As also noted in paragraph 1 of the memorandum by the
Secretary-General, in the case of the European Community, credentials were submitted for
its representatives by the President of the European Commission, as provided for in rule 3
of the rules of procedure.
7. As noted in paragraph 2 of the memorandum, as updated by the additional
information received, information concerning the appointment of representatives
participating in the Conference was communicated by means of facsimile or in the form of
letters or notes verbales from Ministries, Embassies, Permanent Missions to the United
Nations or other government offices or authorities, or through local United Nations
offices, by the following 83 States participating in the Conference:
Afghanistan, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan,
Bahrain, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cape Verde,
Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Co^te
d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea,
Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Holy See,
Honduras, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Ireland, Italy, Kazakstan,
Kiribati, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Lesotho, Luxembourg, Mali, Marshall
Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Morocco, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria,
Niue, Palau, Peru, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint
Vincent and the Grenadines, South Africa, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, the former
Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Ukraine, Uruguay, Vanuatu,
Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zaire, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
8. The Chairperson proposed that the Committee accept the credentials of
all the representatives mentioned in the memorandum by the Secretary-General, on the
understanding that formal credentials for representatives referred to in paragraph 2 of
the Secretary-General's memorandum, would be communicated to the Secretary-General as soon
as possible. The following draft resolution was proposed by the Chairperson for adoption
by the Committee:
"The Credentials Committee,
"Having examined the credentials of the representatives to the Fourth World
Conference on Women referred to in paragraphs 1 and 2 of the memorandum by the
Secretary-General dated 7 September 1995,
"Accepts the credentials of the representatives concerned."
9. The draft resolution was adopted by the Committee without a vote.
10. Subsequently, the Chairperson proposed that the Committee recommend to
the Conference the adoption of a draft resolution approving the report of the Credentials
Committee. The proposal was adopted by the Committee without avote.
Action taken by the Conference
11. At the 12th plenary meeting, on 12 September 1995, the Conference
considered the report of the Credentials Committee (A/CONF.177/14).
12. The Conference adopted the draft resolution recommended by the
Committee in its report (for the text, see chap. I, resolution 3). The States and the
regional economic integration organization that participated in the Conference are listed
in chapter II, paragraph 3.
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