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Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee)
15 October 2009
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York
Sixty-fourth General Assembly
As the Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) met this morning to conclude its consideration of questions relating to information, it had before it two draft resolutions and a draft decision, contained in the report on the thirty-first session of the Committee on Information (document A/64/21, Chapter IV).
It also had before it the Secretary-General’s report on questions relating to information (document A/64/262). (For a summary of that report, please see Press Release GA/SPD/428 of 13 October).
NAYEF AL-OTAIBI (
Speaking of the digital divide between developed and developing countries, he said that that situation should be remedied, and he called on the Department to focus more efforts on helping developing countries in that regard. The Department should also help journalists to work freely, and protect them in their work. It was also important for the Department to strengthen its efforts with regard to the coverage of the Palestinian question, and in “unmasking” the brutal activities of Israel vis-à-vis that population.
AMIR HOSSEIN HOSSEINI (
), opened by referring to resolution 34/182 (1979) which said that the General Assembly should play the primary role in elaborating, coordinating and harmonizing United Nations policies and activities in the field of information, toward the establishment of a new, more, just and more effective world order information and communication order. He said that since the beginning, the Department of Public Information (DPI) was the voice of the United Nations and it promoted global awareness on the work by the Organization. Thus, he reiterated the conviction that DPI should always commit itself to reach out to the widest possible audiences, provide accurate, relevant, impartial, balanced and timely information to the international community.
He referred to the “desperate situation of the innocent Palestinian people” and added that the occupation of Palestine and denial of the Palestinians’ right to self-determination was the main reason for the continuation of the conflict in the Occupied Territories.” DPI should address what he called the gross violation of all human and humanitarian rights of the Palestinian people living under occupation, especially perpetration of war crimes and crimes against humanity against them, as partly mentioned in the recent report of the Human Rights Council’s fact-finding mission on Gaza. He mentioned that DPI should embark on better informing the public about the negative impacts of the humanitarian situation prevailing in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
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