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        General Assembly
1 November 2005

Original: English

Sixtieth session
Official Records

Special Political and Decolonization Committee
(Fourth Committee)

Summary record of the 8th meeting
Held at Headquarters, New York, on Thursday, 13 October 2005, at 10 a.m.

Chairman: Mr. Aliyev .............................................................. (Azerbaijan)
later: Mr. Gujadhur (Vice-Chairman) ..................................... (Mauritius)


Agenda item 33: Questions relating to information (continued)

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

Agenda item 33: Questions relating to information (continued ) (A/60/21 and A/60/173)

1. Mr. Al-Hebsi (United Arab Emirates) ...


2. In the wake of the recommendations of the Millennium Summit and the outcome document of the 2005 World Summit, it was vital for the United Nations system to enhance the use of communications in its work. While the United Arab Emirates welcomed the efforts of the Department of Public Information in recent years to publicize the cause of the Organization, it called for the mobilization of more resources to bring the United Nations Arabic radio, television and Internet services up to the same standard as those for the other official languages. His country stressed the need for more awareness programmes in local languages, and was systematically employing the latest technology to familiarize its society with other cultures, while preserving its traditional heritage and the principles of Islam. His Government had concluded a number of bilateral media and cultural agreements with United Nations institutions, participated in international and regional media conferences, and stepped up its involvement in global development projects, including those offering assistance to developing countries and countries afflicted by war and natural disasters. It called for the enhancement of the Department’s activities, especially with regard to raising awareness of Palestinian suffering under Israel’s policy of aggression, murder, blockades and settlement-buildi ng.


7. Mr. Zarkashi (Malaysia) ...


9. Malaysia congratulated the Department on its work in organizing the 13th International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East, and urged it to continue to highlight issues related to Palestine until such time as a peaceful settlement of the conflict could be achieved. The steps taken by the Department to improve the image of the Organization among the peoples of the Middle East were encouraging; Malaysia welcomed the development of a strategic communications framework in that region.


17. Mr. Gujadhur (Mauritius), Vice-Chairman, took the Chair.

18. Ms. Miller (Jamaica), speaking on behalf of the Group of 77 and China, ...


19. She commended the Department for its work on the celebration of the sixtieth anniversary of the United Nations, in which the United Nations information centres, especially those in developing countries, had played an important role. The Department should also maintain its focus on the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals, the prevention of HIV/AIDS, the question of Palestine, decolonization, dialogue among civilizations and the special needs of Africa. ...


28. Mr. Ali Ahmad (Syrian Arab Republic) ...


29. His Government was in the process of drafting a new law to support communications workers that affirmed freedom of information in a way that conformed to Syrian culture. It welcomed the thirteenth annual International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East and hoped that the Department of Public Information would continue to organize more such activities, and especially implement the special information programme on Palestine, in view of the tragic consequences the Palestinians were suffering from Israeli occupation.


The meeting rose at 12.20 p.m.

This record is subject to correction. Corrections should be sent under the signature of a member of the delegation concerned within one week of the date of publication to the Chief of the Official Records Editing Section, room DC2-750, 2 United Nations Plaza, and incorporated in a copy of the record.

Corrections will be issued after the end of the session, in a separate corrigendum for each Committee.

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