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Source: Department of Public Information (DPI)
30 November 2009

Press Release
Note No. 6232

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Note to Correspondents
A photo exhibition entitled “The United Nations and the Palestine Refugees, 60 Years Later" will be launched at 6 p.m. on Monday, 30 November in the North East Gallery of the Visitors’ Lobby.  This exhibit, presented by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), under the auspices of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, is organized in connection with the annual observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

The exhibit also commemorates the sixtieth anniversary of UNRWA, established by the United Nations General Assembly on 8 December 1949 to carry out direct relief and works programmes for Palestine refugees.  Featured in this exhibit are historical photos showing the reality of the first Palestine refugees and the work of UNRWA during the early decades after its establishment.  More recent photographs illustrate the work of the United Nations promoting human development and self-reliance of the Palestine refugees in UNRWA's five fields of operations, Jordan, the Syrian Arab Republic, Lebanon, the West Bank and Gaza.

Statements at the opening ceremony will be made by Paul Badji (Senegal), Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People; Sylvie Lucas, Permanent Representative of Luxemburg to the United Nations; a representative of Palestine and Andrew Whitley, Director of the UNRWA Liaison Office in New York.

The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is observed in accordance with the provisions of the General Assembly resolution 32/40 B of 2 December 1977.

For additional information, please contact Yosuke Kobayashi at the Division for Palestinian Rights, tel: +1 917 367 7019.

For more information on United Nations exhibitions, call Jan Arnesen, tel: +1 212 963 8531; or Liza Wichmann, tel: +1 212 963 0089, or e-mail at or

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