Comité pour l’exercice des droits inaliénables du peuple palestinien/Division des droits palestiniens - Note d'information (2005) Français
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International meetings and conferences
The Division for Palestinian Rights is mandated by the General Assembly to organize international meetings and conferences in all regions, in consultation with the Committee and under its guidance, to promote constructive analysis and discussion of the various aspects of the question of Palestine and mobilize international support for and assistance to the Palestinian people.
In the programme of international meetings and conferences, special emphasis is placed on promoting the exercise of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, providing support for the political process and encouraging international efforts, such as the Road Map of the Quartet, towards a peaceful solution of the conflict.
Starting in 1993, the Committee has also convened virtually every year, in either Europe or the Middle East, a seminar on assistance to the Palestinian people. Those seminars deal with various aspects of the socio-economic development of the Palestinians living in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.
Additional information about various Committee-sponsored events is available on the Internet at http://www.un.org/depts/dpa/ngo/calendar.htm. Reports of the proceedings of such events are available online, through UNISPAL, or can be obtained in hard copy from the Division for Palestinian Rights.
Cooperation with civil society
On the basis of the Committee’s programme of cooperation with civil society, which started in connection with the preparations for the International Conference on the Question of Palestine held in 1983 in Geneva, the General Assembly mandated the Division to increase its contacts with NGOs and to convene meetings for NGOs in different regions in order to heighten awareness of the facts relating to the question of Palestine, a mandate that is being renewed every year. Since 1983, the Committee has accredited close to 800 civil society organizations, including many women’s organizations, that have programmes in support of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people. The Division liaises with over 1,000 organizations in all regions that have a special interest in the question of Palestine. Civil society organizations are invited to all Committee-sponsored international meetings and conferences.
As the Committee encourages cooperation, coordination and networking among civil society organizations, the Division maintains contacts with national, regional and international coordinating mechanisms and periodically holds consultations with various organizations on ways and means to enhance cooperation with civil society. On occasion, representatives of the Committee or staff members of the Division participate in conferences and meetings organized by civil society organizations.
A separate information note entitled “The United Nations and Non-Governmental Organization Activities on the Question of Palestine” provides more details on the accreditation process, criteria and guidelines, as well as other relevant information. It is available online and in hard copy from the Division for Palestinian Rights.
Research, monitoring, publications and the United Nations Information System on the Question of Palestine
The Division has been requested to monitor political and other relevant developments affecting the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people. The collection and dissemination of information by the Division are considered by the Committee to be of particular importance to its endeavours to make a constructive contribution to the peace process, in support of efforts at reaching a just and lasting settlement of the question of Palestine.
The publications programme of the Division includes the preparation of monthly bulletins on international action on the question of Palestine; monthly chronological media summaries; periodic bulletins on developments related to Middle East peace efforts; and special bulletins on the annual observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.
The Division has published a number of studies on legal, political and economic aspects of the question of Palestine. The latest such study, currently being prepared for publication, is entitled “The Origins and Evolution of the Palestine Problem, Part V (1989-2000)”.
In response to the mandate contained in General Assembly resolution 46/74 B of 11 December 1991, and subsequent annual resolutions, the Division has developed UNISPAL, the United Nations Information System on the Question of Palestine, with a view to creating an electronic facility that would contain, in a full text format, all significant United Nations documents relating to the Arab-Israeli conflict and the question of Palestine. Those documents are available on the Internet at http://domino.un.org/unispal.nsf as part of the United Nations website that also features a separate section on the question of Palestine at http://www.un.org/Depts/dpa/qpal.
Training programme for staff of the Palestinian Authority
Since 1996, as requested by the Committee and subsequently mandated by the General Assembly, the Division has conducted an annual training programme for staff of the Palestinian Authority. The programme is carried out at United Nations Headquarters, in cooperation with the Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the United Nations, from September to December each year, in conjunction with the convening of the General Assembly. It is designed to help staff of the Palestinian Authority, usually two per year, familiarize themselves with the various aspects of the work of the United Nations. The trainees are also expected to conduct research and prepare papers.
International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
Pursuant to General Assembly resolution 32/40 B of 2 December 1977, the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is observed annually. The Day commemorates the adoption by the General Assembly on 29 November 1947 of resolution 181 (II), which provides for the partition of Palestine into two States. The observance is held at United Nations Headquarters, the United Nations Offices at Geneva and Vienna, and elsewhere. The event includes solemn meetings at which statements on the question of Palestine are made by high-level officials of the United Nations and intergovernmental organizations and representatives of the international network of NGOs. It also usually includes, at Headquarters, the display of a Palestinian exhibit, film screenings and other activities. At other locations, various activities are organized by governmental bodies and NGOs in cooperation with United Nations Information Centres around the world.