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No-action Motion of the Rules of Procedure of the Functional Commissions of ECOSOC
2004/04/16
A. No-action motion is a procedural motion provided by Article 2 of Rule 65 of Rules of Procedure of the Functional Commissions of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. The Rules of Procedure were initially adopted in resolution 100 (V) of 12 August 1947 and has been revised several times since.

B. The text of Article 2 of Rule 65 reads that "A motion requiring that no decision be taken on a proposal shall have priority over that proposal."

C. Since the adoption of the Rules of Procedure of ECOSOC, the no-action motion has been proposed on numerous occasions by countries on draft resolutions in different functional commissions of the ECOSOC including the Commission on Human Rights and the Sub-Commission on Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.
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