The United Nations (UN) is an important source of historic and contemporary material on Palestine and the Palestinian people. Here, CJPP highlights a number of UN resources to assist our members and supporters to educate and inform themselves of the issues surrounding Palestine.
UN Information System on Palestine (UNISPAL)
UNISPAL contains the texts of current and historical United Nations material concerning the question of Palestine and other issues related to the Middle East situation and the search for peace.
UN Relief & Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
Following the 1948 Arab-Israeli conflict, UNRWA was established by United Nations General Assembly resolution 302 (IV) of 8 December 1949 to carry out direct relief and works programmes for Palestine refugees. The Agency began operations on 1 May 1950. In the absence of a solution to the Palestine refugee problem, the General Assembly has repeatedly renewed UNRWA’s mandate, most recently extending it until 30 June 2011.
UN Office of the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO)
UNSCO represents the Secretary-General and leads the UN system in all political and diplomatic efforts related to the peace process, including in the Middle East Quartet. UNSCO also coordinates the humanitarian and development work of UN agencies and programmes in the occupied Palestinian territory, in support of the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian people. The Arab-Israeli conflict is the only conflict in the world that is reported monthly direct to the UN Security Council; UNSCO also has a number of other key resources available on its website:
UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA)
The OCHA office in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) was established in late 2000. The office was established in response to the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the West Bank and Gaza caused by military incursions and closures – mobility restrictions imposed on the Palestinian civilians, local and international service providers. UN OCHA has a number of resources available on its website:
Report of the UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict (“The Goldstone Report”)
The UN Human Rights Council was tasked with investigating the “Operation Cast Lead” Israeli invasion of the Gaza Strip on 28 December 2008. Head of the UN Fact Finding Mission Justice Richard Goldstone presented the report of the Mission to the Human Rights Council in Geneva on 29 September 2009, urging the Council and the international community as a whole to put an end to impunity for violations of international law in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory. All documents related to the UN Fact Finding Mission can be found at the title link above.