Date: 30 Aug 2002
Second meeting of the Task Force on reconstruction and reconciliation in the Middle East
Flash Info No 52
The Director-General of UNESCO convened on Thursday, 29 August 2002, the Task Force on Reconstruction and Reconciliation in the Middle East, which met for the first time last June. After sectoral presentations on the progress of different projects, Mr Matsuura announced the calendar for the coming months.
*Dialogue and technical assistance reinforced
A mission by the External Relations and Cooperation sector will visit Israel and the Palestinian Territories in the coming days. Prepared in close consultation with the Permanent Delegate of Israel and the Permanent Observer of Palestine to UNESCO, the mission will permit a first evaluation of needs, allow for an exchange of views of Israeli and Palestinian representatives, and reinforce cooperation between the different agencies of the United Nations systems present. A detailed report of the mission will be presented to the 165th session of UNESCO's Executive Board, in October 2002.
During the first week of October a mission by the World Heritage Centre, conforming to the decision taken in Budapest by the Committee last June, will visit the Palestinian Territories to prepare the necessary technical assistance projects.
End of October, a UNESCO High-level intersectoral mission to the Middle East will permit a reassessment of existing programs of the Organization and help define the global strategy with a view of the actual situation in the region.
Moreover, timely and specific technical missions are under preparation notably in the domains of communication and culture.
*Information meeting with the Representatives of Member States
On 26 September 2002, the Director-General will organize an information meeting for the Permanent Delegates of UNESCO with the participation of Mr. Terje Roed-Larsen, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Peace Process in the Middle East.
The meeting will be held in order to present the Organization's plan of action and allow for an exchange of views preceding the debates scheduled for the 165th session of UNESCO's Executive Board.
*Consultation with the representatives of the Palestinian Authority
A mixed committee meeting UNESCO/ Palestinian Authority Coordination Committee is scheduled for mid December. The meeting will examine the plan of action for the reconstruction and reconciliation in the Middle East developed by the Organization conforming to the decision adopted in June 2002 by the Executive Board.
*Reinforcing the UNESCO Ramallah office
The Director-General confirmed his decision to reinforce the capacity of the UNESCO Ramallah office by sending, in September, specialists in education and culture.
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