The Question of Palestine and the General Assembly

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A general view of the General Assembly Hall. UN Photo/Sophia Paris

The General Assembly is the main deliberative organ of the United Nations, composed of representatives of all Member States.  The question of Palestine was first brought before the General Assembly in 1947. By resolution 181 (II), the Assembly decided to partition Palestine into two states, one Arab and one Jewish, with Jerusalem placed under a special international regime. After the 1948 war, the Assembly by resolution 194 (III) of 1949 established the Conciliation Commission for Palestine (UNCCP) to help the parties reach a final settlement, while reaffirming the rights of Palestine refugees to return and restitution. UNRWA, a Palestine refugee agency, was established by the Assembly the same year.

In 1974, the question of Palestine was re-introduced in the Assembly’s agenda. Resolution 3236 (XXIX) reaffirmed the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people to self-determination, national independence and sovereignty, and the right of the Palestinians to return to their homes and property. In 1975, the Assembly established the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People. The question of Palestine and related issues have been the subject of numerous resolutions and decisions adopted by the Assembly’s regular, special and emergency sessions.

On 29 November 2012 the Assembly granted Palestine non-member observer State status in the UN. The relevant issues on the agenda of the Assembly and its subsidiary organs, such as the Human Rights Council include the right of Palestinians to self-determination, their sovereignty over natural resources, assistance, refugees, IDPs, UNRWA, human rights, Israeli settlements, peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine, and Jerusalem, among others.

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GA’s Resolutions on Question of Palestine

Date Title Document Type symbol Source subject
April 18, 2019 Compilation of Resolutions and Decisions Adopted in 2018 (English and French) – DPR publication – A/AC.183/L.2/Add.40 Compilation, French text, General Assembly resolution, Resolution, Security Council Resolution, Voting record Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP), Division for Palestinian Rights (DPR), Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), General Assembly, Human Rights Council, Security Council
December 20, 2018 Permanent Sovereignty Over Natural Resources in OPT and Golan – GA Resolution, 15 Jan 2019 (A/RES/73/255) Arabic text, Chinese text, French text, General Assembly resolution, Resolution, Russian text, Spanish text A/RES/73/255 General Assembly, Second Committee (Economic and Financial), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
December 20, 2018 Assistance to the Palestinian People – GA Resolution (A/RES/73/256) Arabic text, Chinese text, French text, General Assembly resolution, Resolution, Russian text, Spanish text A/RES/73/256 General Assembly
December 17, 2018 Right of the Palestinian People to Self-determination – GA Resolution (A/RES/73/158) Arabic text, Chinese text, French text, General Assembly resolution, Resolution, Russian text, Spanish text A/RES/73/158 General Assembly, Third Committee (Social Humanitarian and Cultural)
December 7, 2018 Persons Displaced as Result of June 1967 and Subsequent Hostilities – GA Resolution (A/RES/73/93) Arabic text, Chinese text, French text, General Assembly draft resolution, Resolution, Russian text, Spanish text A/RES/73/93 General Assembly, Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee), United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
December 7, 2018 The Syrian Golan – GA Resolution (A/RES/73/100) Arabic text, Chinese text, French text, General Assembly resolution, Resolution, Russian text, Spanish text A/RES/73/100 General Assembly
December 7, 2018 Palestine refugees’ properties and their revenues – GA Resolution (A/RES/73/95) General Assembly resolution, Resolution A/RES/73/95 General Assembly, Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee), United Nations Conciliation Commission for Palestine (UNCCP)
December 7, 2018 Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory – GA Resolution (A/RES/73/98) Arabic text, Chinese text, French text, General Assembly resolution, Resolution, Russian text, Spanish text A/RES/73/98 General Assembly
December 7, 2018 Work of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices – GA Resolution (A/RES/73/96) Arabic text, Chinese text, French text, General Assembly resolution, Resolution, Russian text, Spanish text A/RES/73/96 General Assembly, Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices, Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee)
December 7, 2018 Assistance to Palestine Refugees – GA Resolution (A/RES/73/92) Arabic text, Chinese text, French text, General Assembly resolution, Resolution, Russian text, Spanish text A/RES/73/92 General Assembly, Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee), United Nations Conciliation Commission for Palestine (UNCCP)

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