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
November 30, 2018 Division for Palestinian Rights – GA Resolution (A/RES/73/21) Arabic text, Chinese text, French text, General Assembly resolution, Resolution, Russian text, Spanish text A/RES/73/21 Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP), Division for Palestinian Rights (DPR), General Assembly
November 30, 2018 Special Information Programme on Question of Palestine of DPI – GA Resolution (A/RES/73/20) Arabic text, Chinese text, French text, General Assembly resolution, Resolution, Russian text, Spanish text A/RES/73/20 Department of Public Information (DPI), General Assembly
November 30, 2018 Committee on Exercise of Inalienable Rights of Palestinian People – GA Resolution (A/RES/73/18) Arabic text, Chinese text, French text, General Assembly resolution, Resolution, Russian text, Spanish text A/RES/73/18 Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP), General Assembly
November 30, 2018 Jerusalem – Resolution (A/RES/73/22) Arabic text, Chinese text, French text, General Assembly resolution, Resolution, Russian text, Spanish text A/RES/73/22 General Assembly
November 30, 2018 The Syrian Golan – GA Resolution (A/RES/73/23) Arabic text, Chinese text, French text, General Assembly resolution, Resolution, Russian text, Spanish text A/RES/73/23 General Assembly
November 30, 2018 Peaceful Settlement of the Question of Palestine – GA Resolution (A/RES/73/19) Arabic text, Chinese text, French text, General Assembly resolution, Resolution, Russian text, Spanish text A/RES/73/19 General Assembly
October 30, 2018 Right of Palestinian People to Self-Determination – GA Draft Resolution (Third Committee) (A/C.3/73/L.29) Arabic text, Chinese text, Draft resolution, French text, General Assembly draft resolution, Resolution, Russian text, Spanish text A/C.3/73/L.29 General Assembly, Third Committee (Social Humanitarian and Cultural)
October 16, 2018 Chair of the Group of 77 for 2019 (State of Palestine) – GA Resolution Annex, Arabic text, Chinese text, French text, General Assembly resolution, Resolution, Russian text, Spanish text A/RES/73/5 General Assembly, Group of 77, State
June 13, 2018 Protection of the Palestinian Civilian Population – GA 10th Emergency Special Session – Resolution Arabic text, Chinese text, French text, General Assembly resolution, Resolution, Russian text, Spanish text A/RES/ES-10/20 General Assembly, General Assembly 10th Emergency Special Session
June 11, 2018 Protection of the Palestinian Civilian Population – GA 10th Emergency Special Session – Draft Resolution Arabic text, Chinese text, Draft resolution, French text, General Assembly draft resolution, Resolution, Russian text, Spanish text A/ES-10/L.23 General Assembly, General Assembly 10th Emergency Special Session

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