Note No 123
19 February 2001



Vienna, 20 and 21 February 2001

VIENNA, 19 February (UN Information Service) -- The Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People organizes the United Nations Seminar on Assistance to the Palestinian People at UNOV, on 20 and 21 February 2001.

The Committee remains gravely concerned about the tense and volatile situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem, which has an extremely damaging effect on the Palestinian economy and has led to a dramatic deterioration in the living conditions of the Palestinians. The Committee is of the view that, at this crucial juncture in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, the international community should maintain its efforts aimed at meeting emergency needs and promoting sustainable economic and social development of the Palestinian people. The purpose of the Seminar is to review the state of the Palestinian economy and to examine efforts under way by Governments, intergovernmental and civil society organizations at alleviating the current humanitarian emergency. While focusing on immediate priorities, the Seminar will also look at the broader factors that affect the Palestinian economy and its long-term prospects.

The opening session of the Seminar will take place on Tuesday, 20 February, at 10.00 a.m., in Conference Room I of the United Nations Office at Vienna. UNOV-accredited correspondents are invited to attend all sessions of the Seminar.

Further details regarding the programme can be obtained by contacting the Secretariat of the Seminar, tel. no. 26060-5239. Media representatives wishing to conduct interviews with Seminar participants are requested to make their own arrangements.

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