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Source: Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee)
2 October 2008


General Assembly
GA/SPD/395

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York


Sixty-third General Assembly
Fourth Committee
1st Meeting (PM)

FOURTH COMMITTEE, APPROVING WORK PROGRAMME, AGREES TO CONSIDER PEACEKEEPING,
DECOLONIZATION, ISRAELI PRACTICES, OUTER SPACE, ATOMIC RADIATION ITEMS


In a brief organizational meeting today, the Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) approved its work programme for the current session, during which it would consider more than a dozen topics ranging from the peaceful uses of outer space to a review of peacekeeping operations and the decolonization of the remaining Non-Self-Governing Territories.

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It would also consider the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) from 29 to 31 October.  From 4 to 6 November, it would take up the report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and other Arabs of the Occupied Territories.

Panels and interactive dialogues were scheduled under items on outer space, atomic radiation, the question of information, peacekeeping and UNRWA.  The panel on outer space would address “Food Security and Space Applications”, the Chairperson said.

The Committee expected to complete its work by Friday, 7 November, once action had been taken on all draft resolutions submitted under the last two agenda items related to the Middle East.

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