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The Central Asian Republics are members of several regional organizations whose stated aim is promoting multilateral solutions to security and economic challenges. These groupings that include the Central Asian states are receiving increased scrutiny around the world. The Collective Security Treaty Organization, formed under the framework of the Commonwealth of Independent States, serves as a mutual defense alliance among Russia, Belarus, Armenia and the four Central Asian states except Turkmenistan. The Eurasian Economic Community comprises a similar grouping of states but focuses on economics, including the creation of a common market, border security standards, a customs union, standardized currency exchange and joint programs on social and economic development.
A Republican senator announced that he would vote for the treaty and two others said they were leaning toward it after a closed-door session on classified aspects of the pact. At the same time, Senator , Republican of Arizona, produced separate legislation that could reassure fellow Republicans worried about the treaty’s impact on missile defense. By the end of another tumultuous day, treaty backers said they could count more than the two-thirds majority required for approval in votes that could begin as early as Tuesday. The Senate mustered as many as 64 votes in defeating Republican amendments on Monday, just two short of what supporters need for final approval, and three senators who supported one of the amendments have already said they will vote for the treaty in the end.
The Economic and Social Council, in its resolution 1999/4 of 7 May 1999, created an Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Haiti, which undertook an assessment mission to Haiti in 1999, and was active during a short period of three months. The role of the Ad Hoc Advisory Group was to make recommendations on how to ensure that international assistance to Haiti was adequate, coherent, well coordinated and effective. From 2000-2004, annual reports of the Secretary-General on the “Long- Term Programme of Support for Haiti” were submitted to the Economic and Social Council. In its decision 2004/322 of 11 November 2004, the Economic and Social Council decided to reactivate the Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Haiti. The Group is composed of the Permanent Representatives of Canada (Chairman), Benin, Bahamas, Brazil, Chile, El Salvador, France, Haiti, Peru, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States of America.
Then … ECOSOC’s inaugural session, 23 January 1946. (In the photo, Mr. Gladwyn Jebb[on right], UN Executive Secretary, congratulates Sir Ramaswami Mudaliar of India [on left], ECOSOC’s first President.) ECOSOC at Work: