Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People 




In November 1975, the United Nations General Assembly, recognizing that the unresolved problem of Palestine continued to endanger international peace and security, established the Committee and requested it to recommend a programme to enable the Palestinian people to exercise their inalienable rights to self-determination without external interference, national independence and sovereignty, and to return to their homes and property from which they had been displaced.  The first report of the Committee was submitted in June 1976 to the Security Council, where its specific recommendations were vetoed by one permanent member.  Subsequently, they were endorsed by the General Assembly, which considers annually the Committee’s reports and reaffirms its mandate, most recently in November 2012.

The General Assembly requested the Committee to monitor the situation relating to the question of Palestine and make recommendations to the General Assembly, the Security Council and the Secretary-General.  Through its activities, the Committee continues to advocate the realization of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, promote a just and peaceful settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and mobilize assistance to the Palestinians.  In order to promote international support for and assistance to the Palestinian people, as well as heightened international awareness of the question of Palestine, the Committee convenes international meetings and conferences in various regions of the world, bringing together representatives of Governments, intergovernmental and civil society organizations, United Nations system entities, academics, the media and others.  In addition to a publications programme and information activities, each year on or around 29 November the Committee holds a special meeting in observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, commemorating the adoption by the General Assembly in 1947 of resolution 181 (II), deciding to partition Palestine into two States, one Arab and one Jewish, with Jerusalem as a corpus separatum under a special international regime.

The Committee welcomed the 1991 Madrid Peace Conference that launched the Middle East peace process based on Security Council resolutions 242 (1967) and 338 (1973) and the principle of “land for peace”.  It strongly supports the objective of two States, Israel and Palestine, living side by side within secure and recognized borders, as endorsed by the Security Council in resolution 1515 (2003).  The Committee welcomed the Quartet’s Road Map and has called on the parties to implement it.  The Committee strongly supports the two-State solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and pledged to work towards creating a climate conducive to the advancement of the permanent status negotiations.


The Committee is comprised of 26 members and 24 observers, including the State of Palestine, the African Union, Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.  Its Bureau, composed of seven Members (Chairman, five Vice-Chairmen, and the Rapporteur), is elected to conduct the Committee’s day-to-day work.  The State of Palestine participates in the work of the Bureau as well.

Division for Palestinian Rights

The Division for Palestinian Rights of the United Nations Secretariat assists the Committee in the delivery of its mandate.  This includes the planning and organization of international meetings and conferences, maintaining liaison with civil society organizations, organization, under the Committee’s guidance, of the observance of the International Day of Solidarity, and the preparation of various information material.  The Division also maintains the “Question of Palestine” website, including the Web-based United Nations Information System on the Question of Palestine (UNISPAL), and conducts an annual training programme for staff of the Palestinian Authority.


Additional information about the  Committee and the Division can be obtained from:

United Nations Secretariat

Division for Palestinian Rights

Room TB-08006

New York, New York 10017

Tel: +1-212-963-0354; Fax: +1-212-963-4199

November 2013