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Les questions relatives à l’information/Les efforts du DIP sur la question de Palestine – Debat de Quatrième Commission - Communiqué de presse (extraits) Français
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Source: Department of Public Information (DPI)
General Assembly
23 October 2012


General Assembly
GA/SPD/513

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



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


UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL, IN FOURTH COMMITTEE, PLEDGES TO WORK WITH MEMBER STATES

TO 'PROJECT COMMON VISION FOR UNITED NATIONS, ITS STRENGTH AND ITS PROMISE'

Speakers Say Report Offers ‘Impressive Snapshot’
Of Public Information Department’s Innovative, Far-Reaching Programming

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Background

The Committee had before it the Report of the Secretary-General on Questions relating to information (document A/67/307), which highlights recent communications campaigns undertaken by the Department of Public Information on key issues such as sustainable development, the Millennium Development Goals, peace and security, human rights, the question of Palestine and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development. The report also reviews the activities of the network of United Nations information centres, and the media-related services of the Department. Further, the report provides an update on the outreach services of the Department, including its work with the creative community.

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Statement by General Assembly President

VUK JEREMIC, President of the General Assembly, addressing the Committee before it took up Questions relating to information, said that he was gratified that the Committee was proceeding with its work efficiently and in a timely manner. The Committee had already completed seven out of its 12 agenda items.

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Turning to the situation in the Middle East, he recalled that during the general debate, numerous delegations had raised the issue of Palestine. There was resounding support for the two-State solution taking into account the legitimate concerns of Israel and Palestine. Some Member States had called for the United Nations to play more decisive role.

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) played a vital role in providing basic services to a community of approximately 5 million registered refugees scattered throughout the Middle East, he noted. However, the Agency was underfunded and there was a serious cash deficit. As a result, UNRWA was increasingly unable to keep pace with the growing needs of the community it served.

Continuing, he said that UNRWA worked with families unable to meet basic food needs; $30 fed one of those families for a week. UNRWA also provided basic health services and emergency household kits. A doctor’s daily wage was around $40 and an emergency housing kit cost around $50. Though he was well-aware of the budgetary constraints of the Member States, he also wanted to remind them that “millions of Palestinian refugees depended on their generosity”. There were several political aspects to the problem, but it was also vital to focus on the humanitarian one, he added, urging Member States to contribute financially to UNRWA’s work. In conclusion, he encouraged the Fourth Committee to continue to reach compromise solutions.

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Interactive Dialogue

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IDIT ABU (Israel), ...

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Israel was concerned, she added, about the Palestinian Information Programme, which had been created by an anti-Israel resolution and which set forth a one-sided narrative to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The resolution ignored the conflict’s complex nature and promoted the dissemination of biased and misleading information that only served to deepen animosity between the parties. Given the one-sided mandate, she stated in conclusion, Israeli Government officials would neither attend nor participate in those seminars until a more even-handed approach was adopted.

ABDALLAH MANSOUR (Lebanon) ...

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... He also urged the Information Department to intensify its efforts to raise awareness on the question of Palestine, and to dispatch news teams to the region to convey the situation on the ground.

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