ALGERIA: speaking on behalf of the G77 and China, emphasized the link between poverty, social development and social integration.
PERU: stated that there must be dialogue aimed at a single approach, and tolerance among various ethnic and social groups.
SWITZERLAND: said that people with special needs must be named, including: youth, disabled, and elderly. He stressed the need for education for tolerance, compassion and peace.
GREECE: on behalf of the EU, said that policies should guarantee human rights such as justice, health and human dignity. Social integration involves collective preventive measures such as education, adequate information and incentives to work.
CHILE: said that nondiscrimination, equality before the law, with access to the law for everyone and shared values to eliminate discrimination must be included in social integration.
AFGHANISTAN: supported the G77 and noted the special situation of the LDCs.
THE HOLY SEE: stressed universal and equal access to education for women and the poor, and use of the family as a deliverer of social services.
INDONESIA: supported Peru on ethical issues of integration, particularly those of tolerance. Family education ultimately transforms societal values. He emphasized full protection of the rights of the child.
BRAZIL: vigorously supported the position of the Holy See regarding universal access to education.
INDIA: stressed human development as a key to social integration.
URUGUAY: said that justice must be accessible to all marginalized groups.
TURKEY: said the empowerment of women, as mentioned in Working Paper 1, should become the conceptual framework for social integration. Equality of opportunity must be accompanied by effective access.
AUSTRALIA: said social integration is based on diversity and nondiscrimination. Factors are: democracy, participation and good governance; the role of civil society; equality of opportunities; gender equity and use of gender-inclusive language; and enabling policies ensuring information accessibility to all who want it.
VENEZUELA: supported the access to justice systems and the role of ethics. She stressed the role of the family, including single households, in the transfer of values.
US: stressed the need to empower women by addressing their health issues.
ECUADOR: stressed the need to establish bodies promoting solidarity and values. The role of the media is important.
CANADA: stressed the need to develop measures providing incentives for minority groups and to establish new governance systems to decentralize governments and increase popular participation.
CHINA: said that the provision of equal social services and education should be considered.
MEXICO: requested that criteria be developed for identifying the marginalized groups and the priority action. Resources for social integration and training for migrants and refugees should be assured.
DENMARK: said that the African common position contains important basic conditions such as: a strong, honest and independent judiciary; strengthened legislative organs of states; institutional accountability; an effective and free press; people's participation through NGOs; and strategies that favor a bottom-up approach.
REPUBLIC OF KOREA: stressed the need for communities as effective mechanisms for social integration; encouraged the role of volunteers and the role of the family.
AUSTRIA: stressed the need to include long-term employment in social integration.
COTE D'IVOIRE: emphasized the education of women and girls as well as women's access to decision-making, credit and property.
TUNISIA: underscored the family's role in social integration; the right to justice and legal assistance for all; and special training of teachers to ensure care for vulnerable groups.
CROATIA: said resources for reconstruction and assistance for war victims was needed.
GERMANY: noted that there exist programmes addressing some of the issues and that governments should start by ratifying them.
GUINEA: stated that the excluded sectors should be identified with proper mechanisms for them. A democratic development system is needed.
PAKISTAN: stressed equity and social justice at national and international levels as well as at inter- and intra-generational levels.
NETHERLANDS: said social integration is a question of norms, ethics and values.
ZIMBABWE: emphasized the family's role in social integration, as well as peace education, including the respect of human rights.
SLOVENIA: said social integration is an ethical issue. It should address elimination or reduction of extreme poverty; develop incentives targeting the economic situation of women; and address access to human rights instruments.
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