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Economic and Social Council
28 July 1995
Substantive session of 1995
Geneva, 26 June-28 July 1995
REPORT OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD OF THE UNITED NATIONS CHILDREN'S
FUND ON THE WORK OF ITS ANNUAL SESSION OF 1995
(22-26 May 1995)*
* The present document is a mimeographed version of the report of the Executive Board of the United Nations Children's Fund on its annual session (22-26 May 1995). The reports of the first regular session (1-3 and 6 February 1995), second regular session (20-23 March 1995) and third regular session (18-22 September 1995) will be issued as parts I, II and IV, respectively. The reports will be combined and issued in final form as
Official Records of the Economic and Social Council, 1995, Supplement No. 13
II. DELIBERATIONS OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD
Proposals for UNICEF cooperation and programme reviews
Middle East and North Africa
83. The Executive Board had before it recommendations for short-duration country programmes and/or for additional general resources to fund already approved programmes for Algeria, Oman, the Sudan and Palestinian children and women in Lebanon, the Syrian Arab Republic and the West Bank and Gaza (
). The Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa presented the CPRs and a review paper on UNICEF assistance to Palestinian children and women (E/ICEF/1995/P/L.40).
84. Several delegations expressed support for the programme for Palestinian women and children in Lebanon, the Syrian Arab Republic and the West Bank and Gaza. They praised UNICEF involvement in the development of a comprehensive plan for children and women in the West Bank and Gaza. Some delegations commended the choice of strategies, particularly the emphasis on capacity-building through support to NGOs and community organizations. Coordination of UNICEF work with the Palestinian Authority was stressed by two delegations. One speaker emphasized that UNICEF should avoid duplication, improve policy dialogue and focus on the rational allocation of responsibilities with other partners. A number of delegations reiterated that the plight of Palestinian refugees outside of the camps, particularly Palestinians in Lebanon, should not be forgotten despite the peace process. Cooperation with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East and with the Office of the Representative of the Secretary-General for the Occupied Territories was welcomed.
85. A delegation noted the intention of the secretariat to submit a unified programme of cooperation to the Executive Board in 1997. The same speaker proposed that UNICEF have a formal agreement that would clarify its role with respect to Palestinian women and children. The same delegation said that UNICEF should concur with the practice of other United Nations agencies and refer to the West Bank and Gaza as either "occupied territories" or "occupied territory".
86. One speaker expressed the hope that donors would fulfil their pledges and enable the Palestinian Authority to implement its plans, especially in the areas of health, education and social welfare. The delegation's Government was ready to contribute its experience and know-how in that regard, in cooperation with UNICEF and other agencies. The speaker mentioned the contribution of GCO to strengthening the fund-raising capacity of its National Committee.