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2. The present report, which covers the period from July 2003 to June 2004, is prepared in response to the above-mentioned resolution and updates the information already provided.
III. Strategic communications services
A. Thematic communications campaigns
Question of Palestine
14. The question of Palestine continued to remain a focus for the Department. The twelfth International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East was held in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, in Beijing, on 16 and 17 June 2004. It highlighted the role of civil society in promoting peace and justice in the Middle East, facilitated the dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians and provided nearly 100 journalists, diplomats and academics with an opportunity to broaden their views and perspectives on the issue. The annual training programme for Palestinian media practitioners, an initiative of the Department, now in its ninth year, continues to be a useful tool to improve the capacity of promising young Palestinian media professionals. Five Palestinian journalists participated in the 2003 training programme and 10 are due to participate in the 2004 programme, which will be held at United Nations Headquarters from 25 October to 12 December 2004.
1 Official Records of the General Assembly, Fifty-ninth Session, Supplement No. 21 (A/59/21).