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9 October 2007


General Assembly
GA/10634

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

Sixty-second General Assembly
Plenary
22nd Meeting* (AM)


STRENGTHENED UNITED NATIONS NEEDED TO FACE EVER MORE PRESSING GLOBAL CHALLENGES,
SAY SPEAKERS AS GENERAL ASSEMBLY CONCLUDES DEBATE ON SECRETARY-GENERAL’S REPORT


Reaffirming their commitment to multilateralism and the primacy of the United Nations to solve ever more pressing global challenges, General Assembly delegates concluded discussion today of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s first annual report on the United Nations’ work, agreeing that the global body must prioritize efforts and comprehensively reform if it was to effectively confront current realities and maintain relevance on the world stage.

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For his part, the Observer for the Palestinian Territories said that underpinning reform efforts must be the maintenance of international law, stressing that the United Nations must also emphasize the importance of the Human Rights Council.  Such efforts would foster justice and freedom among all people, especially those still under occupation.

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Background

The General Assembly met this morning to conclude its debate on the Secretary-General’s report on the work of the Organization (document A/62/1).

Statements

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SAID OMAR HIJAZI, Observer for Palestine, said the report came at a time when countries looked to the United Nations to intervene in more spheres of activity under more challenging conditions, especially in solving the question of the Palestinian people.  The Organization played an important role in supporting and assisting the Palestinian people in overcoming their plight.

The United Nations had adopted reports emphasizing the rights of the Palestinian people and the ways in which their sovereignty related to regional security, he continued.  The violation of Palestinians’ inalienable rights by the occupying Power, and the resulting inability of humanitarian aid to help them, was very real.  Most of the issues laid out in the report -– the Millennium Development Goals, climate change, conflict management and human rights –- remained frozen in Palestine, due to the occupation.  Yet the Secretary-General’s report did not address the occupation in any manner.

Finally, he emphasized three key points.  First, the Palestinian question was the longest standing problem facing the United Nations without a solution, and the Organization remained responsible until the involved parties reached a solution.  Second, the United Nations would fail in its mandate to protect human rights if it didn’t address the violation of Palestinians’ human rights this session.  And, finally, the United Nations needed to strengthen its role in maintaining international law and emphasize the importance of the Human Rights Council to help foster justice and freedom to all people of world, especially those still under occupation.


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