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United Nations International Meeting on the Question of Palestine
"The role of youth and women in the peaceful resolution of the question of Palestine"
UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, 30 and 31 May 2012

Réunion internationale des Nations Unies sur la question de Palestine
Le rôle des jeunes et des femmes dans le règlement pacifique de la question de Palestine
Siège de l’UNESCO, Paris, 30 et 31 mai 2012



The Meeting was convened under the auspices of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People. Its aim was to mobilize the international community in support of youth and women’s initiatives on the ground and further raise awareness of the ways in which the energy and resourcefulness of youth and women can be harnessed to achieve a peaceful end to the Israeli occupation. Participants focused on how to empower women and youth through education, training and economic opportunities, and how to include them more in the political process. They also looked at social media networks and their impact on the building of an open Palestinian society, and considered the role of the international community, in particular, how Governments, UN entities and international civil society organizations can better coordinate their efforts with Palestinian and Israeli youths and women organizations to achieve a peaceful solution to the question of Palestine.

Le Comité pour l’exercice des droits inaliénables du peuple palestinien souhaite mobiliser la communauté internationale en faveur des initiatives concrètes menées en faveur des jeunes et des femmes, et informer sur les moyens de mobiliser l’énergie et le potentiel de ces derniers pour mettre fin de façon pacifique à l’occupation israélienne. Les participants se pencheront sur les moyens de rendre les femmes et les jeunes maîtres de leur destin grâce à des mesures d’éducation et de formation, et en leur procurant des débouchés économiques, et de les faire participer davantage à la vie politique. Ils s’intéresseront aussi aux réseaux sociaux et à la manière dont ils contribuent à bâtir une société palestinienne ouverte, et examineront le rôle que joue la communauté internationale, en particulier la manière dont les gouvernements, les entités des Nations Unies et les organisations de la société civile pourraient se coordonner plus efficacement avec les organisations palestiniennes et israéliennes de jeunes et de femmes pour parvenir à un règlement pacifique de la question de Palestine. Les langues officielles des réunions seront l’anglais, l’arabe et le français.


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Press releases:

06/01/2012UN International Meeting of Civil Society in Support of Israeli-Palestinian Peace/Réunion de la société civile (Paris, 1 June 2012) - Press release
05/31/2012UN International Meeting on the Question of Palestine (Paris, 30-31 May 2012) - Chair's Summary
05/31/2012UN International Meeting on the Question of Palestine (Paris, 31 May 2012) - Plenary III and closing session/Séance plénière III, clôture - Press release
05/31/2012UN International Meeting on the Question of Palestine (Paris, 31 May 2012) - Plenary II/Deuxième séance plénière - Press release
05/30/2012UN International Meeting on the Question of Palestine (Paris, 30-31 May 2012) - SecGen video message - Press release
05/30/2012Réunion internationale des nations unies sur la question de Palestine - Séance d’ouverture (30 Mai) - Communiqué de presse
05/30/2012UN International Meeting on the Question of Palestine (Paris, 30 May 2012) - Plenary I/Première séance plénière - Press release
05/30/2012UN International Meeting on the Question of Palestine (Paris, 30 May) - Opening session - Press release
05/24/2012UN International Meeting/Meeting of Civil Society in Support of Israeli-Palestinian Peace (UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, 30-31 May 2012) - Background release




OPENING SESSION


  • H.E. Mr. Abdou Salam Diallo, Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (English, French)
  • Mr. Getachew Engida, Deputy Director-General, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Representative of the Director-General of UNESCO (English)
  • H.E. Ms. Rabiha Diab, Minister for Women's Affairs, Palestinian Authority, Ramallah, Representative of Palestine (Arabic, English, French)
  • Mr. Stéphane Frédéric Hessel, Honorary Ambassador of France


PLENARY I
"The situation of youth and women in the Occupied Palestinian
Territory, including East Jerusalem"

  • Ms. Siham Rashid, Project Manager, United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), Ramallah (English)
  • Mr. Matthias Burchard, Director, UNRWA Representative Offices to the EU and Geneva, Brussels (English)
  • Ms. Nour Odeh, Freelance journalist and media consultant, Ramallah (English)
  • Mr. Akram Natsheh, Youth Against Settlements, Hebron (Arabic, English)
  • Mr. Mohammed S. M. Iqtifan, Campaign Coordinator, Migratory Letters Campaign, Gaza (Arabic, English, French)

PLENARY II
"Empowerment of women and youth: a core prerequisite in the Palestinian society for an independent State of Palestine"
  • Ms. Louise Haxthausen, Programme Coordinator, Conflict and Post-Conflict Operations, UNESCO, Paris (English)
  • H.E. Mr. Nawaf Salam, Permanent Representative of Lebanon to the United Nations, New York (English)
  • Mr. Sabri Saidam, Advisor to the President on Telecommunications, Information Technology and Technical Education, Palestinian Authority, Ramallah
  • Mr. Muath Abu Arqoub, Youth activist and expert on social media, Ramallah (Arabic, English, French)

PLENARY III
"The role of the international community, in particular
the United Nations and civil society"

  • Mr. Tal Harris, Executive Director, One Voice Israel, Tel Aviv
  • Ms. Phyllis Bennis, Director, New Internationalism Project, Fellow, Institute for Policy Studies, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, Washington, D.C.
  • Ms. Rutie Atsmon, Co-founder and Director, Windows: Channels for Communication, Tel Aviv/Ramallah (English)
  • Ms. Shifa Jayousi, Programme Officer, Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Jerusalem (English)
  • Ms. Fadwa Khawaja Al-Shaer, Director General, NGO Department, Ministry of Interior, Palestinian Authority, Ramallah

CLOSING SESSION

  • H.E. Ms. Rabiha Diab, Minister for Women's Affairs, Palestinian Authority, Ramallah, Representative of Palestine
  • H.E. Mr. Abdou Salam Diallo, Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (English, French)
 
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