BACKGROUND

In its resolution A/68/12 of 26 November 2013, the General Assembly decided to proclaim 2014 the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People (IYSPP), and requested the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People to organize activities to be held during the year, in cooperation with Governments, relevant organizations of the United Nations system, intergovernmental organizations and civil society organizations. The objective of the IYSPP would be to promote solidarity with the Palestinian people as a central theme, contributing to international awareness of (a) core themes regarding the question of Palestine, as prioritized by the Committee, (b) obstacles to the ongoing peace process, particularly those requiring urgent action such as settlements, Jerusalem, the blockade of Gaza and the humanitarian situation in the occupied Palestinian territory and; (c) mobilization of global action towards the achievement of a comprehensive, just and lasting solution of the question of Palestine in accordance with international law and the relevant resolutions of the United Nations.


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EVENTS CALENDAR
United Nations Seminar on Assistance to the Palestinian People 1-2 July 2014, United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON)“Fostering active international solidarity with the Palestinians, solidifying the economic underpinnings of an independent State.”....
Special Meeting to Commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice on the Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian TerritoryUN Headquarters, New York, 9 July 2014....
Screening of Oscar-nominated feature film "Omar"UN Headquarters, 1 May 2014....
International Meeting on the Question of Jerusalem "Strengthening international support for a just and lasting solution of the question of Jerusalem" Ankara, 12 and 13 May 2014....
Public Forum on the Question of Jerusalem Ankara, 14 May 2014....
Screening of "Flying Paper", a documentary on Palestinian youth in GazaUN Headquarters, 21 May 2014....
United Nations Roundtable on Legal Aspects of the Question of PalestineUnited Nations Office at Geneva, 24 and 25 April 2014....
Joint Meeting of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People and the League of Arab States - 10 March 2014, Cairo....
United Nations International Meeting on the Question of Palestine "Engaging for peace – the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People"Quito, 25 and 26 March 2014Reunión Internacional de las NN. UU. sobre la Cuestión de Palestina "Colaboración por la paz: Año Internacional de Solidaridad con el Pueblo Palestino" Quito, 25 y 26 de marzo de 2014....
United Nations Meeting of Civil Society in Support of Israeli-Palestinian PeaceEngaging civil society in Latin America and the Caribbean for the two-State solutionQuito, Ecuador, 27 March 2014Reunión de las NN. UU. sobre el apoyo de la sociedad civil a la paz israelí-palestinaHacer intervenir a la sociedad civil de América Latina y el Caribe para la solución biestatalQuito, 27 de marzo de 2014....



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16 JANUARY 2014 - OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR
UN Headquarters, New York

The International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People was launched at the opening of the 2014 session of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People on 16 January 2014.
Speakers at the meeting

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H.E. Mr. Abdou Salam Diallo, Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (Permanent Representative of the Republic of Senegal to the United Nations). UN Photo/JC McIlwaine [French]


H.E. Mr. John Ashe, President of the General Assembly. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine [English, Video]


H.E. Mr. Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General, reading out a message on behalf of His Excellency Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine [English | Video]


His Royal Highness Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein, President of the Security Council for the month of January. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine


H.E. Mr. Palitha Kohona, Chairman of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and other Arabs of the Occupied Territories. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine [English]


H.E. Mr. Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, reading out a message from His Excellency Mr. Mahmoud Abbas, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization and President of the State of Palestine. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine [English, Arabic]




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2013 Observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People at United Nations Headquarters, 25 November 2013


SPECIAL MEETING OF PALESTINIAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE


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H.E. Mr. Abdou Salam Diallo, Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (Permanent Representative of the Republic of Senegal to the United Nations)


H.E. Mr. John Ashe, President of the General Assembly. UN Photo/Ryan Brown


H.E. Mr. Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General, reading out a message on behalf of His Excellency Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations. UN Photo/Ryan Brown


H.E. Mr. Liu Jieyi, President of the Security Council (Permanent Representative of the People’s Republic of China to the United Nations). UN Photo/Ryan Brown


Mr. Filippo Grandi, Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). UN Photo/Ryan Brown


Mr. Mohammed Assaf, UNRWA Regional Youth Ambassador and Winner of Arab Idol 2013. UN Photo/Ryan Brown


H.E. Mr. Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, reading out a message from His Excellency Mr. Mahmoud Abbas, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization and President of the State of Palestine. UN Photo/Ryan Brown


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H.E. Mr. Palitha T.B. Kohona, Chairman of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories (Permanent Representative of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka to the United Nations). UN Photo/Ryan Brown


H.E. Mr. Mohammad Khazaee, Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations, reading out a message from His Excellency Mr. Hassan Rouhani, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, on behalf of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries. UN Photo/Ryan Brown


Ms. Kadra Ahmed Hassan, First Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Djibouti to the United Nations, reading out a message from H.E. Mr. Mahmoud Ali Youssouf, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Djibouti and Chairman of the Thirty-ninth Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. UN Photo/Ryan Brown


H.E. Mr. Tekeda Alemu, Permanent Representative of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to the United Nations, reading out a message from His Excellency Mr. Hailemariam Dessalegn, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and Chairperson of the African Union


H.E. Mr. Ahmed Fathalla, Permanent Observer for the League of Arab States, reading out a message from H.E. Mr. Nabil Elaraby, Secretary-General of the League of Arab States


Mr. David Wildman, Executive Secretary for Human Rights and Racial Justice with the United Methodist Church’s General Board of Global Ministries, speaking on behalf of civil society organizations active on the question of Palestine



Messages in solidarity with the Palestinian people were received from the Heads of State of: Afghanistan, Argentina, Bahrain, Brazil, China, Egypt, Indonesia, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Iraq, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Jordan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Maldives, Morocco, Namibia, Qatar, Russian Federation, Senegal, Seychelles, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Viet Nam, Yemen; from the Heads of Government of: India, Malaysia, Pakistan, Thailand; from the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of: Algeria, Ecuador, Ghana, Japan, Madagascar, Mali, Saudi Arabia, Syrian Arab Republic; from the Governments of: Belarus, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Guinea, Guyana, Tunisia, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of); from intergovernmental organizations (the European Union and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation; and from civil society organizations (Caritas, the Israel-Palestine NGO Working Group, Mennonite Central Committee and the Presbyterian Church USA ).



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Observance at the United Nations Office at Geneva
29 November 2013


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Observance at the United Nations Office at Geneva
29 November 2013





Background

The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is observed by the United Nations on or around 29 November each year, in accordance with mandates given by the General Assembly in its resolutions 32/40 B of 2 December 1977, 34/65 D of 12 December 1979, and subsequent resolutions adopted by the General Assembly on the question of Palestine. This year's observance at United Nations Headquarters in New York will take place on Monday, 25 November 2013. Observance at the United Nations Offices at Geneva and Vienna will take place on 29 November 2013.

The date of 29 November was chosen because of its meaning and significance to the Palestinian people. On that day in 1947, the General Assembly adopted resolution 181 (II), which came to be known as the Partition Resolution. That resolution provided for the establishment in Palestine of a “Jewish State” and an “Arab State”, with Jerusalem as a corpus separatum under a special international regime. Of the two States to be created under this resolution, only one, Israel, has so far come into being.


The Solidarity Day has traditionally provided an opportunity for the international community to focus its attention on the fact that the question of Palestine is still unresolved and that the Palestinian people is yet to attain their inalienable rights as defined by the General Assembly, namely, the right to self-determination without external interference, the right to national independence and sovereignty, and the right to return to their homes and property from which they had been displaced.

In response to the call of the United Nations, various activities are undertaken annually by Governments and civil society in observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. These activities include, among other things, the issuance of special messages of solidarity with the Palestinian people, the organization of meetings, the dissemination of publications and other information material, and the screening of films.


At United Nations Headquarters in New York, the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People each year holds a special meeting to observe the Solidarity Day. Invited speakers include the Secretary-General, the President of the General Assembly, the President of the Security Council, and representatives of relevant United Nations bodies, intergovernmental organizations and Palestine. NGOs are invited to attend and a representative of the international community of NGOs accredited to the Committee addresses the meeting. The special meeting is webcast live.

A special bulletin containing the statements delivered and messages received on the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity is published annually by the Division for Palestinian Rights of the United Nations Secretariat.

Other activities organized in New York in connection with the observance of the Day of Solidarity include a Palestinian exhibit or a cultural event sponsored by the Committee and presented by the Permanent Observer Mission of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, and the screening of a documentary film.


Meetings in observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People are also held at the United Nations Offices at Geneva (ungeneva.ngoliaison@unog.ch) and Vienna (protocol@unvienna.org).


The United Nations Information Centres (UNICs) worldwide are available to assist Governments, NGOs and others wishing to organize special activities in connection with the observance by providing information and documentation.





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