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UNITED
NATIONS
A

        General Assembly
Distr.
GENERAL
A/54/415
28 September 1999

Original: ENGLISH

Agenda item 91
Questions relating to information



Questions relating to information


Report of the Secretary-General


I. Introduction



1. In its resolution 53/59 B of 3 December 1998, the General Assembly requested the Secretary-General to report to the Committee on Information at its twenty-first session, in 1999, and to the General Assembly at its fifty-fourth session, in 1999, on the activities of the Department of Public Information and on the implementation of the recommendations contained therein.

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V. Implementation of specific information programmes

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52. In accordance with relevant resolutions of the General Assembly, the Department has continued its ongoing special information programme on the question of Palestine. It organized an international seminar for journalists on the question of Palestine entitled "Prospects for peace", held at Madrid on 23 and 24 March 1999. The seminar reviewed developments in the peace process and Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, and discussed prospects for peace and the economic situation in the region. At the request of the Committee on the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, the Department created a video database on the question of Palestine from 1948 to January 1999. Also, as in every year since 1995, the Department has organized a training programme for Palestinian journalists aimed at strengthening the participants' professional capacity as information media personnel. Eight participants are enrolled in the programme this year, which will run from 25 October to 13 December 1999.

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