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Source: United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
11 May 2010





Executive Board
Hundred and eighty-fourth session
    184 EX/42 Add.
    PARIS, 14 April 2010
    Original: English



DRAFT DECISIONS RECOMMENDED BY
THE PROGRAMME AND EXTERNAL RELATIONS COMMISSION (PX)
ADDENDUM




1. The Programme and External Relations Commission (PX) held one meeting on 15 April 2010, with Ms. Shahnaz Wazir Ali (Pakistan) in the Chair, to examine the items listed below which had been referred to it by the Board at its plenary meeting on 6 April 2010.

Item - Title and documents

5 - Report by the Director-General on the follow-up to decisions and resolutions adopted by the Executive Board and the General Conference at their previous sessions (184 EX/5 Part IV)

12 - Jerusalem and the implementation of 35 C/Resolution 49 and 182 EX/Decision 15 (184 EX/12 and 184 EX/INF.12)

30 - Implementation of 35 C/Resolution 75 and 182 EX/Decision 54 concerning educational and cultural institutions in the occupied Arab territories (184 EX/30)

31 - Report by the Director-General on the reconstruction and development of Gaza: Implementation of 182 EX/Decision 55 (184 EX/31 and Corr.)

37 - The two Palestinian sites of al-Haram al-Ibrahimi/Tomb of the Patriarchs in al-Khalil/Hebron and the Bilal bin Rabah Mosque/Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem (184 EX/37)



5 - Report by the Director-General on the follow-up to decisions and resolutions adopted by the Executive Board and the General Conference at their previous sessions (184 EX/5 Part IV)

2. After considering this item, the Programme and External Relations Commission recommended that the Executive Board adopt the following draft decision:

Part IV-Implementation of 35 C/Resolution 49 and 182 EX/Decision 5 (II) relating to the Ascent to the Mughrabi Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem

The Executive Board,








Executive Board
Hundred and eighty-fourth session
    184 EX/PX/DR.1
    PARIS, 2 April 2010
    Original: English




PROGRAMME AND EXTERNAL RELATIONS COMMISSION (PX)

Item 5 - Sub-item IV: Implementation of 35 C/Resolution 49 and 182 EX/Decision 5 (II) relating to the ascent to the Mughrabi Gate in the old city of Jerusalem (184 EX/5)

DRAFT DECISION

submitted by*: ALGERIA, BURKINA FASO, CÔTE D’IVOIRE, CUBA, DJIBOUTI, EGYPT, KUWAIT, MALAYSIA, MOROCCO, PAKISTAN, SAUDI ARABIA, SENEGAL, TUNISIA and VENEZUELA (BOLIVARIAN REPUBLIC OF)


The Executive Board,

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*After the publication of the draft decision, the following Board Members added their signatures: Bangladesh, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Niger, Viet Nam and Zimbabwe.





Executive Board
Hundred and eighty-fourth session
    184 EX/PX/DR.2
    PARIS, 2 April 2010
    Original: English


PROGRAMME AND EXTERNAL RELATIONS COMMISSION (PX)

Item 12 - Jerusalem and the implementation of 35 C/Resolution 49 and 182 EX/Decision 15 (184 EX/12 and 184 EX/INF.12)

DRAFT DECISION

submitted by*: ALGERIA, BURKINA FASO, CÔTE D’IVOIRE, CUBA, DJIBOUTI, EGYPT, KUWAIT, MALAYSIA, MOROCCO, PAKISTAN, SAUDI ARABIA, SENEGAL, TUNISIA, VENEZUELA (BOLIVARIAN REPUBLIC OF) and VIET NAM

The Executive Board,


30 Implementation of 35 C/Resolution 75 and 182 EX/Decision 54 concerning educational and cultural institutions in the occupied Arab territories (184 EX/30)

4. After considering this item, the Programme and External Relations Commission recommended that the Executive Board adopt the following draft decision:

The Executive Board,

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*After the publication of the draft decision, the following Board Members added their signatures: Bangladesh, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Niger and Zimbabwe.







Executive Board
Hundred and eighty-fourth session
    184 EX/PX/DR.3
    PARIS, 2 April 2010
    Original: English


PROGRAMME AND EXTERNAL RELATIONS COMMISSION (PX)

Item 30 - Implementation of 35 C/Resolution 75 and 182 EX/Decision 54 concerning educational and cultural institutions in the Occupied Arab Territories (184 EX/30)

DRAFT DECISION

submitted by*: ALGERIA, BURKINA FASO, CÔTE D’IVOIRE, CUBA, DJIBOUTI, EGYPT, KUWAIT, MALAYSIA, MOROCCO, PAKISTAN, SAUDI ARABIA, SENEGAL, TUNISIA, VENEZUELA (BOLIVARIAN REPUBLIC OF) and VIET NAM

The Executive Board,

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*After the publication of the draft decision, the following Board Members added their signatures: Bangladesh, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Niger, Syrian Arab Republic and Zimbabwe.







Executive Board
Hundred and eighty-fourth session
    184 EX/PX/DR.4
    PARIS, 2 April 2010
    Original: English


PROGRAMME AND EXTERNAL RELATIONS COMMISSION (PX)

Item 31 - Report by the Director-General on the reconstruction and development of Gaza: Implementation of 182 EX/Decision 55 (184 EX/31)

DRAFT DECISION

submitted by*: ALGERIA, BURKINA FASO, CÔTE D’IVOIRE, CUBA, DJIBOUTI, EGYPT, KUWAIT, MALAYSIA, MOROCCO, PAKISTAN, SAUDI ARABIA, SENEGAL, TUNISIA, VENEZUELA (BOLIVARIAN REPUBLIC OF) and VIET NAM

The Executive Board,

1. Recalling the provisions of the four Geneva Conventions (1949), the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict (1954) and the related Protocols, and the Convention for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (1972), and the recommendations, resolutions and decisions of UNESCO on the protection of cultural heritage,

2. Having examined documents 184 EX/31 and Add.,

3. Having also examined documents 184 EX/30 and Add.,

4. Noting with deep concern the very heavy toll suffered by Palestinian civilians, the deaths and injuries inflicted on Israeli civilians during the escalation of violence and hostilities in December 2008 and January 2009,

5. Also noting with deep concern the destruction of infrastructure, the significant deterioration of basic services, and the damages to schools, universities and cultural heritage sites in the Gaza Strip caused by the escalation of violence and hostilities in December 2008 and January 2009, and recognizing that schools, universities and cultural heritage sites should not be involved in military conflicts,

6. Recalling the strong commitment made by the international community in favour of the Gaza Early Recovery and Reconstruction Plan presented at the International Conference in Support of the Palestinian Economy for the Reconstruction of Gaza (2 March 2009, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt),

7. Thanks the Director-General for strengthening the UNESCO project antenna in Gaza City and the initiatives that have already been implemented in the field of education, and for the safety of media professionals, as reflected in the six UNESCO projects retained in the United Nations Flash Appeal for Gaza;

8. Calls upon the Director-General to continue contributing to the United Nations humanitarian response in Gaza within the Organizations fields of competence;

9. Deplores in this regard the continuous blockade on the Gaza Strip which harmfully affects the free and sustained movement of personnel and humanitarian relief items for the successful implementation of the above-mentioned projects;

10. Calls upon the Director-General to continue her participation actively in the integrated United Nations response to the Gaza Early Recovery and Reconstruction Plan developed by the Palestinian Authority, by focusing on UNESCO’s contribution to its educational and cultural heritage protection components;

11. Invites the Director-General to organize an information meeting to provide Member States with an update on the outcome of the projects conducted in the Gaza Strip;

12. Thanks Member States and donors for their generous financial contributions to the UNESCO projects retained in the United Nations Flash Appeal for Gaza, and invites them to further assist in this regard through extrabudgetary funding;

13. Decides to include this item in the agenda of the Executive Board at its 185th session, and invites the Director-GeneraI to submit to it a progress report thereon.


37 The two Palestinian sites of al-Haram al-Ibrahimi/Tomb of the Patriarchs in al-Khalil/Hebron and the Bilal bin Rabah Mosque/Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem (184 EX/37)

6. After considering this item, the Programme and External Relations Commission recommended that the Executive Board adopt the following draft decision:

The Executive Board,




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*After the publication of the draft decision, the following Board Members added their signatures: Bangladesh, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Niger and Zimbabwe.






Executive Board
Hundred and eighty-fourth session
    184 EX/PX/DR.5
    PARIS, 2 April 2010
    Original: English


PROGRAMME AND EXTERNAL RELATIONS COMMISSION (PX)

Item 37 - The two Palestinian sites of al-Haram al-Ibrahimi/Tomb of the Patriarchs in al-Khalil/Hebron and the Bilal bin Rabah Mosque/Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem (184 EX/37)

DRAFT DECISION

submitted by*: ALGERIA, BURKINA FASO, CÔTE D’IVOIRE, CUBA, DJIBOUTI, EGYPT, KUWAIT, MALAYSIA, MOROCCO, PAKISTAN, SAUDI ARABIA, SENEGAL, TUNISIA, VENEZUELA (BOLIVARIAN REPUBLIC OF) and VIET NAM

The Executive Board,

1. Having examined document 184 EX/37 and Add.,

2. Recalling resolutions and decisions of UNESCO on the protection of the cultural heritage in the occupied Arab territories, as well as the provisions of the four Geneva Conventions (1949), the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict (1954) and the related Protocols and the Convention for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (1972),

3. Also recalling the Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property (1970),

4. Affirming that nothing in the present decision, which aims at the safeguarding of the cultural heritage located in the occupied Arab territories, shall in any way affect the relevant United Nations resolutions and decisions, in particular the relevant Security Council resolutions,

5. Sharing the concern expressed by the Director-General regarding the announcement made by the Israeli authorities that two sites, namely al-Haram al-Ibrahimi/Tomb of the Patriarchs in the city of al-Khalil/Hebron and the Mosque of Bilal bin Rabah (Tomb of Rachel), in Bethlehem, both located in the occupied Palestinian territories, are to be included in the Israeli national heritage list,

6. Sharing as well the conviction affirmed by the international community that the two sites are of religious significance for Judaism, Christianity and Islam,

7. Reaffirms that the two sites are an integral part of the occupied Palestinian territories and that any unilateral action by the Israeli authorities is to be considered a violation of international law, the UNESCO conventions and the United Nations and Security Council resolutions;

8. Regrets the Israeli authorities’ decision to include the two sites on its national heritage list;

9. Urges the Israeli authorities to abide by international law and the relevant international conventions and decisions;

10. Also urges the Israeli authorities to remove the two sites from its national heritage list;

11. Thanks the Director-General for her commitment to strengthening UNESCO’s financial and technical assistance to the Palestinian educational and cultural institutions in compliance with the UNESCO General Conference resolution at its 35th session;

12. Invites the Director-General to submit to it a follow-up report at its 185th session and decides to include this item on the agenda of the 185th session of the Executive Board.


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* After the publication of the draft decision, the following Board Members added their signatures: Bangladesh,
Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Niger and Zimbabwe.


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