Comité pour l’exercice des droits inaliénables du peuple palestinien/Division des droits palestiniens - Note d'information (2008) (31 mai 2008) Français
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International meetings and conferences
The Division for Palestinian Rights is mandated by the General Assembly to organize international meetings and conferences in various regions with the participation of all sectors of the international community. They are held to promote constructive analysis and discussion of the various aspects of the question of Palestine and to mobilize international support for and assistance to the Palestinian people.
In recent years, the programme of international meetings and conferences has placed special emphasis on promoting the exercise of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, providing support for the political process and encouraging international efforts, such as the road map, towards a peaceful solution of the conflict.
Since 1993, the Committee has convened seminars on assistance to the Palestinian people virtually every year, in either Europe or the Middle East. These events are organized to address the various aspects of the socio-economic development of the Palestinians living in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.
Additional information about various Committee-sponsored events is available on the Internet at http://www.un.org/depts/dpa/ngo/calendar.htm. Reports of the proceedings of such events are available online, through UNISPAL, or can be obtained in hard copy from the Division for Palestinian Rights.
Cooperation with civil society
On the basis of the Committee’s programme of cooperation with civil society, which started in connection with the preparations for the International Conference on the Question of Palestine held in 1983 in Geneva, the General Assembly mandated the Division to increase its contacts with NGOs and to convene meetings for NGOs in different regions in order to heighten awareness of the facts relating to the question of Palestine, a mandate that is being renewed annually. Civil society organizations are invited to all Committee-sponsored international meetings and conferences.
As the Committee encourages cooperation, coordination and networking among civil society organizations, the Division maintains contacts with national, regional and international coordinating mechanisms and periodically holds consultations with various organizations on ways and means to enhance cooperation with civil society. On occasion, representatives of the Committee or staff members of the Division participate in events organized by civil society organizations.
The Committee continues to develop its liaison with national and regional parliaments and interparliamentary organizations and to invite parliamentarians to speak at its meetings.
Research, monitoring, publications and the United Nations Information System on the Question of Palestine (UNISPAL)
The Division has been requested to monitor developments relevant to the question of Palestine . The collection and dissemination of information by the Division are considered by the Committee to be of particular importance to its political advocacy work aimed at making a constructive contribution to the peace process, in support of international efforts at reaching a just and lasting settlement of the question of Palestine.
The publications programme of the Division includes the preparation of monthly bulletins on international action on the question of Palestine; monthly chronological media summaries; periodic bulletins on developments related to Middle East peace efforts; and special bulletins on the annual observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.
The Division has published a number of studies on legal, political and economic aspects of the question of Palestine.
In response to a mandate contained in General Assembly resolution 46/74 B of 11 December 1991 and subsequent annual resolutions, the Division has developed UNISPAL, with a view to creating an electronic facility that would contain, in a full-text format, all significant United Nations documents relating to the question of Palestine. This collection of documents is available on the Internet at http://unispal.un.org . The Division also maintains the “Question of Palestine” website at http://www.un.org/Depts/dpa/qpal.
Training programme for staff of the Palestinian Authority
Since 1996, as requested by the Committee and subsequently mandated by the General Assembly, the Division has conducted an annual training programme for staff of the Palestinian Authority. The programme is carried out at United Nations Headquarters, in cooperation with the Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the United Nations, from September to December each year, in conjunction with the annual sessions of the General Assembly. It is designed to help staff of the Palestinian Authority to familiarize themselves with the various aspects of the work of the United Nations.
International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
Pursuant to General Assembly resolution 32/40 B of 2 December 1977, the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is observed annually, commemorating the adoption by the Assembly, on 29 November 1947, of resolution 181 (II), which provides for the partition of Palestine into two States. The observance is held at United Nations Headquarters, the United Nations Offices at Geneva and Vienna and elsewhere. The event includes special meetings at which statements on the question of Palestine are made by high-level officials of the United Nations and intergovernmental organizations and representatives of the international network of NGOs. At other locations, various activities are organized by governmental bodies and NGOs in cooperation with United Nations information centres around the world.