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Questions relatives à l’information - Débat de Quatrième Commission – Communiqué de presse (extraits) Français
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Source: General Assembly
Department of Public Information (DPI)
17 October 2006

General Assembly
GA/SPD/350

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

Sixty-first General Assembly
Fourth Committee
11th Meeting (PM)


MONOPOLY ON MODERN COMMUNICATIONS DISTORTS REALITIES IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES,

FOURTH COMMITTEE HEARS, AS IT CONTINUES CONSIDERATION OF INFORMATION QUESTIONS

Citing Imbalances in Information Flows, Speakers Urge
Public Information Department to Promote new Global Information Order


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Background


The Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) met this afternoon to continue its general debate on questions relating to information.  Reports before the Committee have been summarized in press release GA/SPD/349 of 16 October.

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YUSSEF F. KANAAN, Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine, aligning himself with the statement of the Group of 77 and China, commended the Department’s communication strategy, through which it successfully drew the world’s attention to such events as the establishment of the Human Right Council and the Peacebuilding Commission.  As the United Nations had a responsibility regarding the question of Palestine until it was resolved, the special information programme on Palestine was particularly important.  It expanded worldwide awareness of the issue and had contributed to development of dialogue and peace.  He also welcomed that Fourteenth International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East, held in Moscow.


He paid tribute to the Department for its continued assistance to the training of Palestinian journalists, who could participate in the coverage of United Nations activities, despite Israeli attempts to prevent that.  He condemned Israel for non-compliance with an Assembly resolution regarding the organization of fact-finding missions to the Occupied Territories, including East Jerusalem.


The Department should accord the issue of dialogue between civilizations greater importance as, unfortunately, some western media had insulted Islam, he said.  He, meanwhile, commended the Department for its emphasis on a culture of peace, and in particular, for its recent organization of a seminar on the promotion of peace through cartoons.  Stressing the critical role of Member States in making the Department the public voice of the United Nations, he expressed the hope that Palestine would soon be among those Member States.

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