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[Extracted from UNESCO doc. 194 EX/Decision "Decisions Adopted by the Executive Board at its 194th Session" dated 22 April 2014]

Institutions éducatives et culturelles dans les territoires arabes occupés – Décision d’UNESCO Français
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Source: United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
22 April 2014




27 Implementation of 37 C/Resolution 67 and 192 EX/Decision 33 concerning educational and cultural institutions in the occupied Arab territories6 (194 EX/27, 194 EX/35)

The Executive Board,

1. Having considered document 194 EX/27 and the annex to this decision,

2. Recalling previous decisions concerning “educational and cultural institutions in the occupied Arab territories”,

3. Decides to include this item on the agenda of the 195th session of the Executive Board and invites the Director-General to submit to it a follow-up report thereon.

6 The Executive Board adopted this decision upon a recommendation made by consensus by the Programme and External Relations Commission (PX)

Item 27 Implementation of 37 C/Resolution 67 and 192 EX/Decision 33 concerning educational and cultural institutions in the occupied Arab territories


Submitted by: Algeria, Egypt, Kuwait, Morocco, Tunisia and United Arab Emirates

The Executive Board,

1. Recalling 37 C/Resolution 67 and 185 EX/Decision 36 as well as Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with regard to the right to education, Articles 4 and 94 of the Fourth Geneva Convention with regard to the denial of the right of children to education, as well as the Hague Convention (1954) and its Protocols and the Convention for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (1972),

2. Having examined document 194 EX/27,

3. Committed to the safeguarding of monuments, works of art, manuscripts, books and other historical and cultural properties to be protected in the event of conflict,

4. Supports the efforts made by the Director-General with a view to the implementation of 36 C/Resolution 81 and 185 EX/Decision 36, and requests her to do everything possible to ensure that they are fully implemented;

5. Expresses its appreciation for the substantial contributions of all concerned Member States and intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations to UNESCO’s action in Palestine, and appeals to them to continue assisting UNESCO in this endeavour;

6. Thanks the Director-General for the results that have been obtained in relation to the implementation of a number of current educational and cultural activities;

7. Invites the Director-General to strengthen UNESCO’s assistance to the Palestinian educational and cultural institutions in order to address new needs;

8. Expresses its continuing concern about the harmful impact of the Separation Wall and other practices on the activities of cultural and educational institutions, as well as obstacles resulting therefrom which prevent Palestinian schoolchildren and students from being an integral part of their social fabric and from exercising fully their right to education, and calls for the observance of the provisions of relevant UNESCO conventions, resolutions and decisions, particularly 185 EX/Decision 36,

9. Notes with deep concern the Israeli authorities’ censorship of the Palestinian curricula of schools and universities in East Jerusalem, and urges them to immediately halt such censorship;

10. Regrets the Israeli order to close for two weeks, in May 2013, the Hakawati Theatre in East Jerusalem, which was supposed to host, during that period, an international festival of puppets for children;

11. Encourages the Director-General to continue to reinforce her action in favour of the protection, reconstruction, rehabilitation and restoration of the Palestinian archaeological sites and cultural heritage, and invites her to address the needs for capacity-building in all UNESCO’s fields of competence by expanding the financial assistance programme for Palestinian students;

12. Requests the Director-General to organize, as soon as possible, the ninth meeting of the Joint UNESCO-Palestine Committee;

13. Also invites the Director-General:

(a) to continue the efforts she is making to preserve the human, social and cultural fabric of the occupied Syrian Golan, in accordance with the relevant provisions of this decision;

(b) to undertake efforts to offer appropriate curricula, and to provide more grants and adequate assistance to the educational and cultural institutions of the occupied Syrian Golan;

(c) to dispatch an expert to assess and evaluate the needs of the educational and cultural institutions in the occupied Syrian Golan, to report to the Director-General before the 194th session of the Executive Board;

14. Decides to include this item in the agenda of the Executive Board at its 195th session, and invites the Director-General to submit to it a progress report thereon.
(194 EX/SR.7)

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