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Source: United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
2 November 2001

United Nations Educational,
Scientific and
Cultural Organization

Records of the General Conference
31st Session
Paris, 15 October to 2 November 2001
Volume 1


43 - Implementation of 30 C/Resolution 54 concerning educational and cultural institutions in the occupied Arab territories1

The General Conference,

Having examined the report of the Director-General (31 C/14) and 162 EX/Decision 9.2,

1. Congratulates the Director-General and thanks him for the great efforts he is making to ensure that the decisions of the Executive Board and the resolutions of the General Conference are fully implemented;

2. Having noted the Director-General’s statement in document 161 EX/INF.16, in particular with respect to the very serious disruption affecting Palestinian educational institutions, and endorsing it,

3. Greatly concerned at the critical situation facing the Palestinian territories, which gravely prejudices Palestinian children’s right to education because of the sealing off of these territories which hampers the Palestinian education system,

4. Highly appreciative of the efforts of the international community to halt the violence and safeguard the peace process, which is seriously threatened by these tragic events that have led to major loss of life among schoolchildren,

5. Urgently appeals to the Israeli authorities to facilitate safe access of Palestinian children to their schools and to allow the functioning of educational establishments;

6. Expresses the urgent need for the Palestino-Israeli peace negotiations to be resumed for a just and comprehensive peace to be speedily brought about in accordance with the United Nations resolutions, to which UNESCO adheres, particular Security Council resolutions 242, 338 and 1322, a peace based on withdrawal from the occupied Arab territories and the principle of land for peace;

7 Expresses its profound regret that the implementation of the third phase of the UNESCO Programme for Palestine (UPP) has been delayed because of the present situation;

8. Expresses its gratitude to the States, organizations, foundations and representatives of the private sector that have contributed to the implementation of the UNESCO Programme for Palestine (UPP);

9. Renews its appeal to sponsors to contribute generously to financing the reconstruction of Palestinian educational and cultural institutions;

10. Considers that UNESCO’s action on behalf of the Palestinian people is of major importance and confers on the Organization an important role within the United Nations system in the establishment and consolidation of peace and in the promotion of a culture of peace and dialogue among the peoples;

11.Warmly thanks the Director-General for his efforts to ensure the implementation of 30 C/Resolution 54 and 162 EX/Decision 9.2;

12. Requests the Director-General to pay particular attention to the quality of education in the current emergency situation as well as the subsequent revision of the Education and Culture Development Plan in order to ensure the necessary continuation between emergency action and reconstruction and to reflect these activities in the implementation of document 31 C/5 and subsequent programme and budget documents;

13. Invites the Director-General to continue financial assistance for Palestinian students to pursue their studies;

14. Expresses the hope that the Arabo-Israeli peace negotiations will be resumed and that a just and comprehensive peace is speedily brought about in accordance with the United Nations resolutions, to which UNESCO adheres, particularly Security Council resolutions 242 and 338 based on withdrawal from the occupied Arab territories and the principle of land for peace;

15. Also invites the Director-General:
16. Reiterates all its previous resolutions relating to the occupied Syrian Golan;

17.Decides to include this item in the agenda of its 32nd session.

1. Resolution adopted on the reports of Commissions II and IV at the 19th and 20th plenary meetings, on 2 November 2001.

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