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United Nations Seminar on Assistance to the Palestinian People
1-2 July 2014, United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON)
“Fostering active international solidarity with the Palestinians, solidifying the economic underpinnings of an independent State.”



The Seminar will review the socio-economic and humanitarian impact of the Israeli occupation. It will look at the financial, developmental, and environmental challenges and long-term strategies of the State of Palestine for sustainable economic development and growth. Finally, the Seminar will also address the role of the international and regional donor community in mobilizing and coordinating assistance in view of promoting sustainability and self-reliance.

Participants in the Seminar will include prominent international experts, representatives of UN Members and Observers, representatives of the UN system and other intergovernmental organizations, members of the academic community, and others. The official languages of the Seminar will be Arabic, English, and French.
OPENING SESSION (Video)
  • H.E. Mr. Martin Kimani, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kenya to UNEP, UN-Habitat and UNON, Representative of the Government of Kenya (English)
  • Ms. Sahle-Work Zewde, Director-General, United Nations Office at Nairobi, Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations (English)
  • H.E. Mr. Abdou Salam Diallo, Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (English, French)
  • Mr. Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Geneva
  • H.E. Mr. Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations Representative of the State of Palestine

PLENARY I : "The socio-economic and humanitarian situation in Palestine" (Video)
  • Ms. Maria José Torres Macho, Deputy Head of Office, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Jerusalem (PowerPoint)
  • Mr. Robert Turner (presenting via video teleconference), Director of Operations, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, Gaza
  • Mr. Mounir Kleibo, Representative, International Labour Office, Jerusalem (PowerPoint)
  • Mr. Fahd Abu Saymeh, Financial and Administrative Director, The Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem Society, Bethlehem (PowerPoint)
  • Mr. John Clarke, Chief, Coordination Unit, Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Jerusalem

PLENARY II : Palestinian National Development Plan 2014-2015; Long-term strategies of the State of Palestine for economic development and growth (Video - presentations, discussion)
  • H.E. Mr. Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, New York (English)
  • Mr. Kito de Boer, Incoming Director, Initiative for the Palestinian Economy, Dubai (PowerPoint)
  • Mr. Jurjen de Waal, Project Manager, VNG International (International Agency of the Association of Netherlands Municipalities), The Hague
  • Mr. Étienne Butzbach, Former Mayor of Belfort, France, Former President of the French-Palestinian Network for Palestine, Cités Unies France, Belfort (French, PowerPoint)

PLENARY III : Mobilization of international assistance and its effective use for sustainable growth: towards a new aid paradigm (Video)
  • H.E. Mr. Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kenya to the United Nations, New York
  • Mr. Mutasim Elagraa, Economist, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Geneva (PowerPoint)
  • Mr. Itay Epshtain, Representative, Association of International Development Agencies, Jerusalem

CLOSING SESSION (Video)
 
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