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        General Assembly
5 November 2007

Original: English

Sixty-second session
Official Records

Special Political and Decolonization Committee
( Fourth Committee)

Summary record of the 7th meeting
Held at Headquarters, New York, on Thursday, 18 October 2007, at 10 a.m.

Chairman: Mr. Mohamad ................................................................. (Sudan)


Agenda item 35: Questions relating to information

The meeting was called to order at 10.15 a.m.

Agenda item 35: Questions relating to information (A/62/21 and A/62/205)


13. Ms. Abdelhady-Nasser (Observer for Palestine) expressed appreciation for the efforts of the Department’s Palestine, Decolonization and Human Rights Section to increase awareness of the situation in Palestine in all its facets and for its training programme for Palestinian journalists. The annual international media seminar organized by the Department, which gathered together media and civil-society representatives, both Palestinian and Israeli, likewise played an important role in promoting dialogue on the situation in Palestine.


15. Mr. Akasaka (Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information), ...


16. With regard to the statement by the Observer for Palestine, he said that the Department was currently working on preparations for the 2008 annual international media seminar for Palestine. He hoped those seminars and the Department’s other efforts would contribute to dialogue between the Palestinian and Israeli participants.


21. Mr. El-Sherbini (Egypt) said that the Department should increase its efforts to raise awareness of the situation in the Middle East but must do so in an objective and neutral manner based on the situation on the ground. In that context he requested information on activities to train Palestinian journalists. He also expressed concern that, in spite of the official policy of equality for the official languages of the Organization, reports of the Secretary-General were posted on the Internet first in English and only subsequently, sometimes days later, in other official languages.


24. Mr. Akasaka (Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information), ...


25. Turning to the questions from the representatives of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya and Egypt, he said that the Headquarters exhibition on Palestine had been updated and the background booklet was in the process of being updated. In addition, 10 Palestinian journalists would be starting the annual training programme in November 2007, and other programmes and the annual international media seminar would continue. He hoped that the Department’s publications and communications activities would address the concerns of Member States about political and economic issues related to the question of Palestine.


43. Mr. Taleb (Syrian Arab Republic) ... In United Nations information activities, however, strengthened attention should also be given to other areas, including the Palestinian problem, the occupied Syrian Golan and intercultural dialogue.

44. ... The Syrian Arab Republic also urged the Department to step up its efforts to narrow the digital divide between the North and the South, including through the provision of necessary resources, and, in particular, encouraged the Department to assist with the training of Palestinians working in the media.


65. Mr. Ali (Sudan) ...


69. ... He also urged stronger cooperation with such United Nations bodies as the Special Committee of 24 on Decolonization, as well as further work on the special information programme on the question of Palestine with a view to mobilizing additional support and raising awareness of the cause of the Palestinian people in their just fight for exercise of their inalienable rights and the establishment of an independent State.


The meeting rose at 1.10 p.m.

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Corrections will be issued after the end of the session, in a separate corrigendum for each Committee.

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