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The meeting was called to order at 3.10 p.m.
In the absence of the President, Mr. Rosenthal (Guatemala), Vice-President, took the Chair.
Agenda item 20
Strengthening of the coordination of humanitarian and disaster relief assistance of the United Nations, including special economic assistance
Report of the Secretary-General (A/56/384 and Corr.1)
(a) Strengthening of the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance of the United Nations
Reports of the Secretary-General (A/56/95, A/56/307)
Note by the Secretary-General (A/55/649)
Draft resolution (A/56/L.14)
(b) Special economic assistance to individual countries or regions
Reports of the Secretary-General (A/56/158, A/56/264, A/56/269, A/56/338, A/56/361, A/56/389, A/55/412, A/56/470 and A/56/632)
Draft resolutions (A/56/L.15, L.16)
(c) Strengthening of international cooperation and coordination of efforts to study, mitigate and minimize the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster
Report of the Secretary-General (A/56/447)
(d) Participation of volunteers, “White Helmets”, in the activities of the United Nations in the field of humanitarian relief, rehabilitation and technical cooperation for development
Report of the Secretary-General (A/56/308)
(e) Assistance to the Palestinian people
Report of the Secretary-General (A/56/123 and Corr.1)
Mr. Gamaleldin (Egypt) (spoke in Arabic) :
In this connection, Egypt calls upon the international community to play a role in dealing with the humanitarian emergency faced by the Palestinian people, which is exposed to practices of killing, maiming, blockade and terrorism at the hands of the Israeli forces. This has caused a humanitarian tragedy for the Palestinian people. It has also undermined the Palestine Authority and has obstructed the arrival of humanitarian assistance. Thus, we appeal to the conscience of the world to save the Palestinian economy and institutions, to provide protection for the Palestinian people and to save the peace process in the Middle East.
In this context, Egypt would like to express its appreciation to the United Nations and to various international organizations and organs for the efforts they have deployed to assist the Palestinian people, either through the Special Coordinator or through the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). We would also like to express our thanks to donor countries for their financial support and call upon them to increase that support during this critical period, including the response to the appeal made by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).
The meeting rose at 6.05 p.m.
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