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        General Assembly
4 November 1998

Original: SPANISH

Fifty-third session
Official Records

Second Committee
Summary record of the 34th meeting
Held at Headquarters, New York, on Wednesday, 4 November 1998, at 3 p.m.

Chairman: Mr. Asadi ....................................................(Islamic Republic of Iran)
The meeting was called to order at 3.10 p.m.

Agenda item 96: Training and research

(b) United Nations Institute for Training and Research (A/53/14 and A/53/534)


46. Mr. Ardel (Israel) praised the work of UNITAR and its contribution to peace and rapprochement among peoples through research and training. Regional cooperation had been launched between Palestinian and Israeli governmental and non-governmental institutions with a view to building trust and overcoming cultural differences. In the past two years, the Centre for International Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel and Palestinian governmental and non-governmental organizations had been carrying out joint training programmes in the areas of education, culture and agriculture. The previous year had witnessed the organization of 25 courses taught by both Israeli and Palestinian professors, with the participation of some 700 teachers, doctors, engineers and community leaders.

47. His delegation proposed that the implementation of such programmes should be promoted through UNITAR and the United Nations University, which had a centre in Amman (Jordan). Israel was prepared to contribute to that end.


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