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19 September 1996
Item 30 of the provisional agenda*
COOPERATION BETWEEN THE UNITED NATIONS AND
THE LEAGUE OF ARAB STATES
Report of the Secretary-General
1. The present report is submitted pursuant to paragraph 12 of General Assembly resolution 50/16 of 28 November 1995.
FOLLOW-UP ACTION ON PROPOSALS AGREED TO AT
GENERAL MEETINGS BETWEEN THE UNITED NATIONS
SYSTEM AND THE LEAGUE OF ARAB STATES
5. A summary of the reports of the organizations and agencies of the United Nations system on their cooperation with the League of Arab States during the period under review is given below. It represents the follow-up action on proposals adopted at the United Nations-League of Arab States meetings in Tunis in 1983 (see A/38/299 and Corr.1), Amman in 1985 (see A/40/481/Add.1), Geneva in 1988, 1990 and 1993 (see A/43/509/Add.1, A/45/481/Add.1 and A/48/468/Add.1), and Vienna in 1995 (A/50/496).
F. United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
19. Relations between UNRWA and the League of Arab States are characterized by close cooperation. UNRWA, which provides essential services to 3.2 million registered Palestine refugees in its area of operations, maintains close contact with the Permanent Observers of the League of Arab States in Vienna and New York and with the League Secretariat in Cairo, and participates in sectoral meetings organized by the League. The Agency seeks to foster regular exchanges between its officials and the League Secretariat at various levels and in various forums. One of those opportunities was the general meeting on cooperation between the United Nations and the League of Arab States held in July 1995.
20. UNRWA has benefited from the League's ongoing support for the UNRWA programme and its continuing efforts to urge Member States to increase voluntary contributions to its regular budget.
21. The fifth joint meeting between UNRWA and the Arab League Council of Education for the Children of Palestine was held at Cairo in December 1995. The annual meetings review education services offered to Palestine refugees in the host countries, and are normally attended on behalf of UNRWA by the education programme chiefs for each of the five fields of operation of the Agency. UNRWA welcomed the proposal of the League Secretariat, put forward in June 1995, to broaden the scope of the annual meeting to include all three programme areas in which the Agency is active, education, health and relief and social services.
22. Together with the League of Arab States and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), UNRWA co-sponsored a workshop on "The development and support of Palestinian education and the Palestinian education process", held at Cairo in June 1996.