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UNITED
NATIONS
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        General Assembly
Distr.
GENERAL
A/C.4/65/SR.11
6 December 2010

Original: English

Sixty-fifth session
Official Records



Special Political and Decolonization Committee
(Fourth Committee)


Summary record of the 11th meeting
Held at Headquarters, New York, on Tuesday, 19 October 2010, at 3 p.m.

Chairperson: Mr. Chipaziwa ............................................... (Zimbabwe)



Contents



The meeting was called to order at 3.10 p.m.

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Agenda item 54: Questions relating to information (A/65/21 and 277)

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18. Mr. Akasaka (Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information), drawing attention to the report of the Secretary-General on questions relating to information (A/65/277), said that the strategic approach taken by the Department of Public Information was characterized by advance planning, partnerships, clear organization and coordination, responsible use of resources and impact assessments. ...

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22. The Department maintained accounts on all major social networks, including YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. He himself was an occasional blogger on the Huffington Post, where he discussed specific United Nations priorities from a more informal angle. The Department was also developing a new United Nations e-book collection, to be launched in 2011, which would initially feature as many as 1,000 United Nations e-books. The International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East, held in July 2010 in Lisbon, had for the first time examined the role of new media in fostering peace in the region. It had also focused on the role of Israeli and Palestinian women in achieving peace and security in the Middle East.

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31. Mr. Belkheir (Libyan Arab Jamahiriya) said that the question of Palestine was a central issue in the work of the United Nations. Unfortunately, some of the related links on the United Nations website did not appear to be working in some languages. He asked whether the booklet published by the Department of Public Information entitled “The Question of Palestine and the United Nations” was solely the work of the Department or whether it had been prepared in coordination with concerned parties. He was concerned to note, for example, that the very first chapter of the booklet opened with a reference to the establishment of a Jewish home in Palestine. The Department should be aware that not only did its information reach millions of people, but it had also become a reference source for writers and academics.

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34. Mr. Akasaka (Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information) said that the booklet on the question of Palestine and the United Nations had been produced a number of years earlier and revised in 2009. There had been consultation with other relevant departments and with the parties concerned. Every effort had been made to ensure that the information was accurate and impartial. If any part was considered incorrect or inappropriate, the Department was prepared to revise the booklet if necessary.

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49. Mr. Al-Saiyani (Yemen), speaking on behalf of the Group of 77 and China, stressed the importance of the close cooperation and partnership between the Department and the Committee on Information. The Group of 77 and China fully supported the work of the Department in its continued campaigns on issues of importance to the international community. Since many countries in the developing world still lacked the resources and technical means to access information regarding the United Nations, the Department had the challenging task of reaching out to the widest possible audiences.

50. The Group of 77 and China emphasized the importance of the Department’s special information programme on the Question of Palestine in support of the efforts to achieve a just, lasting and comprehensive peace in the Middle East, in accordance with international law and the relevant resolutions of the United Nations. The annual training programme for Palestinian media professionals from the Occupied Palestinian Territory was one of the many useful elements of the programme which should be further enhanced and reinforced.

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57. Mr. Saripudin (Indonesia) ...

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65. Mr. Ouazzani Touhami (Morocco) ...

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66. The special programme on the question of Palestine should be continued. His delegation expressed appreciation to the Portuguese Government for hosting the International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East and focusing the discussions on the role of Israeli and Palestinian women in achieving peace and security in the Middle East. Additional resources should be made available for the training programme for Palestinian journalists, particularly in respect of online media.

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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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