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        General Assembly
13 November 2000

Original: Russian

Fourth Committee

Summary record of the 25th meeting
Held at Headquarters, New York, on Monday, 13 November 2000, at 10 a.m.

Mr. Kiwanuka ........................................................ (Uganda)
Mr. Lewis (Vice-Chairman)..................................... (Antigua and Barbuda)


Agenda item 87: Questions relating to information

The meeting was called to order at 10.10 a.m.

Agenda item 87: Questions relating to information (A/55/21 and A/55/452)

1. The Chairman said that, in accordance with its programme of work, the Committee would begin its consideration of agenda item 87 entitled “Questions relating to information”.

2. Mr. Hogen (Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information) ...


11. The Department was continuing its efforts to provide opportunities for professional training for journalists and broadcasters. For example, nine participants from Gaza and the West Bank were currently taking part in the Department’s training programme for Palestinian media practitioners. In addition, from 28 August to 6 October the twentieth annual training programme for broadcasters and journalists from developing countries had taken place at Headquarters, with participants from 18 countries. Over the 20 years since the programme had been established, it had trained a growing number of specialists who could help to raise awareness of the work of the United Nations in the developing world.


25. Mr. Al-Rumaitu (United Arab Emirates) ...


27. The United Nations was successfully utilizing modern information and communications technology and had managed to combine them with traditional outreach methods. However, the principle of parity between official languages was not always respected with respect to the dissemination of information materials through the Internet. It was vital to ensure that on the United Nations web site, Arabic had parity with the other languages of the Organization. In so doing, the Department of Public Information would increase public awareness about its programmes and reach out in principle to a new audience. Furthermore, the Department of Public Information in its information materials should devote more attention to topical and burning issues in international politics, such as the question of Palestine. It was a question, not just of the history of that issue, but also of the current sufferings of the Palestinian people as a result of measures implemented by Israel. The fact that Israeli policy resulted in new Palestinian deaths each day must not be ignored.


52. Ms. Critchlow (Guyana) drew attention to draft resolution A/C.4/55/L.17, noting that Guyana had abstained during its adoption. She took the opportunity of reiterating her delegation’s continued support for the Palestinian people and other Arabs in the occupied territories and requested that Guyana should be included in the list of countries voting in favour of the resolution.

The meeting rose at 12.30 p.m.

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