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        General Assembly
5 May 2014

Original: English

Committee on Information
Thirty-sixth session
28 April-9 May 2014
Agenda item 9
Consideration and adoption of the report of the Committee
to the General Assembly at its sixty-ninth session

Draft report

Chapter III

General debate


15. Several speakers applauded the Department of Public Information for its special information programme on the question of Palestine, including the training programme for Palestinian journalists. One speaker commended the Palestine, Decolonization and Human Rights Section of the Department for the annual International Media Seminars on Peace in the Middle East, as well as efforts to redesign the permanent exhibit on the question of Palestine at Headquarters. Recalling that 2014 was the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, he looked forward to upcoming activities in that context. One speaker asked the Department to reinforce its messages, including the need to end the occupation of Arab territories and to establish a Palestinian State. Taking a different position, one speaker expressed concern over the Department’s special information programme on the question of Palestine, which targeted only one Member State. It was an example of the disproportionate attention the United Nations gave the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the speaker said.


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