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Source: Department of Public Information (DPI)
19 October 2011


General Assembly
GA/SPD/487

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



Sixty-sixth General Assembly
Fourth Committee
11th Meeting (PM)
SOME SPEAKERS IN FOURTH COMMITTEE PRAISE NEW MEDIA FOR 'DIRECT ACCESS TO EMOTIONAL

PART OF PUBLIC OPINION’, OTHERS CAUTION OVER-RELIANCE, DURING INFORMATION DEBATE

‘Widening Gap’ Cited between Materials Produced by United Nations
Department of Public Information in English, Other Official Languages


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Background

The Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) met this afternoon to continue its consideration of questions relating to information. [For more information, please see Press Release GA/SPD/486.]

Statements

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IHAB HAMED (Syria), aligning with the Group of 77 developing countries and China, ...

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... Also, the Organization should keep the public apprised of the challenges of the Question of Palestine. Israelis were expanding settlements against international law, and building an apartheid separation wall and disrespecting Muslim holy sites. ...

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WALEED ALSAIYANI ( Yemen) expressed support for the statement delivered on behalf of the G-77, ... Regarding the Question of Palestine, he said the seminar on peace in the Middle East of 2011 organized by the Department on 12-13 July in Budapest, and the annual training programme for Palestinian journalists, were positive activities in that regard.

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REGINA MARIA CORDEIRO DUNLOP ( Brazil) ...

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... In closing, she spoke with appreciation for the Department’s work on the Question of Palestine, its outreach programme on the Holocaust and its effort to preserve the historical memory of the Organization.

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MOHAMMAD REZA SAHRAEI (Iran), associating his statement with that of the Group of 77 and China, ...

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Turning to the “escalating catastrophic humanitarian situation” of the innocent Palestinian civilian population, he stressed the need for the Department to raise international awareness regarding the Question of Palestine. ...

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For information media • not an official record

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