United Nations


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

12 December 1996


Fifty-first session
Agenda item 35


         [without reference to a Main Committee (A/51/L.35 and Add.1)]

            51/25.   Special information programme on the
                     question of Palestine of the Department
                     of Public Information of the Secretariat

      The General Assembly,

      Having considered the report of the Committee on the Exercise of
the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, 1/

      Taking note in particular of the information contained in
chapter VI of that report,

      Recalling its resolution 50/84 C of 15 December 1995,

      Convinced that the worldwide dissemination of accurate and
comprehensive information and the role of non-governmental
organizations and institutions remain of vital importance in
heightening awareness of and support for the inalienable rights of the
Palestinian people,

      Aware of the Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government
Arrangements signed by the Government of the State of Israel and the
Palestine Liberation Organization in Washington, D.C., on
13 September 1993, 2/ and of the subsequent implementation
agreements, in particular the Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement on
the West Bank and the Gaza Strip signed in Washington on
28 September 1995, and their positive implications,

      1.    Notes that several defined provisions of the special
information programme on the question of Palestine of the Department
of Public Information of the Secretariat are yet to be implemented,
and stresses the importance of implementation of all provisions of the

      2.    Considers that the special information programme is very
useful in raising the awareness of the international community
concerning the complexities of the question of Palestine and the
situation in the Middle East in general, including the achievements of
the peace process, and that the programme is contributing effectively
to an atmosphere conducive to dialogue and supportive of the peace

      3.    Requests the Department, in full cooperation and
coordination with the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable
Rights of the Palestinian People, to continue, with the necessary
flexibility as may be required by developments affecting the question
of Palestine, its special information programme for the biennium 1996-
1997, with particular emphasis on public opinion in Europe and North
America and, in particular:

      (a)   To disseminate information on all the activities of the
United Nations system relating to the question of Palestine, including
reports on the work carried out by the relevant United Nations

      (b)   To continue to issue and update publications on the various
aspects of the question of Palestine in all fields, including
materials concerning the recent developments in that regard and, in
particular, the achievements of the peace process;

      (c)   To expand its audiovisual material on the question of
Palestine, including the production of such material;

      (d)   To organize and promote fact-finding news missions for
journalists to the area, including the territories under the
jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority and the occupied

      (e)   To organize international, regional and national encounters
for journalists;

      (f)   To provide, in cooperation with the relevant bodies and
agencies of the United Nations system, particularly the United Nations
Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, assistance to the
Palestinian people in the field of media development, including
training for Palestinian broadcasters and journalists.

                                                          72nd plenary meeting
                                                               4 December 1996


1/    A/51/35.

2/    A/48/486-S/26560, annex.


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