United Nations


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

4 February 1997


Fifty-first session
Agenda item 21 (d)


              [without reference to a Main Committee (A/51/L.41)]

            51/150.  Assistance to the Palestinian people

      The General Assembly,

      Recalling its resolution 50/58 H of 20 December 1995,

      Recalling also previous resolutions on the question,

      Welcoming the signing of the Declaration of Principles on Interim
Self-Government Arrangements of 1993 between the Government of the
State of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, the
representative of the Palestinian people, 1/ as well as the signing
of the subsequent implementation agreements, including the Interim
Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip of 1995,

      Gravely concerned about the difficult economic and employment
conditions facing the Palestinian people throughout the occupied

      Conscious of the urgent need for improvement in the economic and
social infrastructure of the occupied territory and the living
conditions of the Palestinian people,

      Aware that development is difficult under occupation and best
promoted in circumstances of peace and stability,

      Noting, in the light of the recent developments in the peace
process, the great economic and social challenges facing the
Palestinian people and their leadership,

      Conscious of the urgent necessity for international assistance to
the Palestinian people, taking into account the Palestinian

      Noting the convening of the United Nations Seminar on Assistance
to the Palestinian People, "Building the Palestinian Economy -
Challenges and Prospects", 2/ held at Cairo from 21 to 23 May 1996,

      Stressing the need for the full engagement of the United Nations
in the process of building Palestinian institutions and in providing
broad assistance to the Palestinian people, including assistance in
the fields of elections, police training and public administration,

      Noting the appointment by the Secretary-General in June 1994 of
the United Nations Special Coordinator in the Occupied Territories,

      Welcoming the results of the Conference to Support Middle East
Peace, convened in Washington, D.C., on 1 October 1993, and the
establishment of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee and the work being done
by the World Bank as its secretariat, as well as the establishment of
the consultative group and the convening in Paris, on 9 January 1996,
of the Ministerial Conference on Economic Assistance to the
Palestinian People,

      Having considered the report of the Secretary-General, 3/

      1.    Takes note of the report of the Secretary-General; 3/

      2.    Expresses its appreciation to the Secretary-General for his
rapid response and efforts regarding assistance to the Palestinian

      3.    Also expresses its appreciation to the Member States, United
Nations bodies and intergovernmental and non-governmental
organizations that have provided and continue to provide assistance to
the Palestinian people;

      4.    Stresses the importance of the work done by the United
Nations Special Coordinator in the Occupied Territories and of the
steps taken under the auspices of the Secretary-General to ensure the
achievement of a coordinated mechanism for United Nations activities
throughout the occupied territories;

      5.    Urges Member States, international financial institutions of
the United Nations system, intergovernmental and non-governmental
organizations and regional and interregional organizations to extend,
as rapidly and as generously as possible, economic and social
assistance to the Palestinian people in order to assist in the
development of the West Bank and Gaza, and to do so in close
cooperation with the Palestine Liberation Organization and through
official Palestinian institutions;

      6.    Calls upon relevant organizations and agencies of the United
Nations system to intensify their assistance in response to the urgent
needs of the Palestinian people in accordance with the Palestinian
priorities set forth by the Palestinian Authority, with emphasis on
national execution and capacity-building;

      7.    Urges Member States to open their markets to exports from
the West Bank and Gaza and on the most favourable terms, consistent
with appropriate trading rules;

      8.    Calls upon the international donor community to expedite the
delivery of pledged assistance to the Palestinian people to meet their
urgent needs;

      9.    Suggests the convening in 1997 of a United Nations-sponsored
seminar on the Palestinian economy;

      10.   Requests the Secretary-General to submit a report to the
General Assembly at its fifty-second session, through the Economic and
Social Council, on the implementation of the present resolution,

      (a)   An assessment of the assistance actually received by the
Palestinian people;

      (b)   An assessment of the needs still unmet and specific
proposals for responding effectively to them;

      11.   Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its fifty-
second session, under the item entitled "Strengthening of the
coordination of humanitarian and disaster relief assistance of the
United Nations, including special economic assistance", the sub-item
entitled "Assistance to the Palestinian people".

                                                          84th plenary meeting
                                                              13 December 1996


1/    A/48/486-S/26560, annex; see Official Records of the Security
Council, Forty-eighth Year, Supplement for October, November and
December 1993, document S/26560.

2/    A/51/166-E/1996/67.

3/    A/51/171-E/1996/75.


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