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2014 - International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

"I call on all members of the international community and, in particular, Israelis and Palestinians, to work together for justice and a durable peace". The leaders of Israel and Palestine will need political will, a sense of historic responsibility and a clear vision for a better future for this and future generations. I pledge to do my utmost in support of their efforts."

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

In its resolution 68/12, the General Assembly requested the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People to organize activities to be held during the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, to be observed in 2014, in cooperation with Governments, relevant organizations of the United Nations system, intergovernmental organizations and civil society organizations. The Committee is of the view that the Assembly made the proclamation at a particularly opportune time, as 2014 promises to be a critical year in the history of Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking. The Committee, supported by the Division for Palestinian Rights, will accord the highest priority to this task.

According to established practice, national Governments, the United Nations system entities, intergovernmental organizations and civil society undertake the bulk of the activities under international years. The Committee intends to act as a catalyst in mobilizing these constituencies so that relevant activities will proceed on a worldwide basis in a coordinated way. The Committee will promulgate the logo and the main themes of the International Year.

The objective of the International Year is to promote solidarity with the Palestinian people and generate further momentum and international support for the realization of their inalienable rights, which have been denied for too long. The Year will help to place the following elements at the top of the international agenda:

Public Forum on the Question of Jerusalem in Ankara, Turkey, 14 May 2014

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