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        General Assembly
20 November 2009

Original: English

Sixty-fourth session
Official Records

Special Political and Decolonization Committee
(Fourth Committee)

Summary record of the 8th meeting
Held at Headquarters, New York, on Tuesday, 13 October 2009, at 10 a.m.

Chairperson: Mr. Al-Nasser ...................................................... (Qatar)
later: Mr. Valladares (Vice-Chairperson) .............................. (Honduras)


Agenda item 34: Questions relating to information

The meeting was called to order at 10.20 a.m.

Agenda item 34: Questions relating to information (A/64/21 and A/64/262)


24. The Chairperson invited the Committee to continue with its general debate on the item.


30. Mr. Mohamad (Sudan), speaking on behalf of the Group of 77 and China, said that the Department’s policies had been built on the foundations of close cooperation and partnership with the Committee on Information, which must continue as the Department played its vital role as the public voice of the United Nations.

31. The most daunting task before the Department was to reach out to the widest possible audiences because many countries, especially developing countries, lacked adequate resources and technical means to access information on the activities and achievements of the United Nations. Since comprehensive, accurate, impartial and balanced coverage of its deliberations, decisions and actions could promote better understanding and goodwill, it was critical for the Department continuously and actively to project the Organization’s ideals and accomplishments, intensify outreach and transmit its message to all peoples of the world. The Group supported the promotion by the Department of the Organization’s work and issues of importance to the international community, and appreciated its many new initiatives and the Special Information Programme on the Question of Palestine.


44. Mr. Al-Shafi (Qatar), ...


46. The question of Palestine was one of the most important issues on the international agenda, and the Department should continue enhancing its special information programme on Palestine. That programme played a crucial role in raising awareness of Israel’s violations of United Nations resolutions and the fundamental human rights of the Palestinian people. His delegation trusted that the Secretary-General’s reports would henceforth always include a section on the Department’s activities in relation to the question of Palestine. The Department should also continue its efforts to foster international dialogue among civilizations and a culture of peace.


48. Mr. Al Hadhrami (Yemen), said that his delegation attached great importance to the Department’s special information programme on the question of Palestine, in particular the annual International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East and the training programme for young Palestinian journalists.


51. Mr. Valladares (Honduras), Vice-Chairman, took the Chair.

52. Mr. Taleb (Syrian Arab Republic) ...


55. The work of the Department on the question of Palestine was particularly worthy of commendation, but he urged the Department to pay even more attention to that question in view of the continuing suffering of the Palestinian people under the yoke of Israeli occupation.


The meeting rose at 1.10 p.m.

This record is subject to correction. Corrections should be sent under the signature of a member of the delegation concerned within one week of the date of publication to the Chief of the Official Records Editing Section, room DC2-750, 2 United Nations Plaza, and incorporated in a copy of the record.

Corrections will be issued after the end of the session, in a separate corrigendum for each Committee.

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