Officials Outline United Nations Fight against Disinformation on Multiple Fronts as Fourth Committee Takes Up Questions Related to Information

15 Oct

United Nations initiatives to counter disinformation — especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic — and to provide populations around the globe with reliable and evidence-based content, were among several topics spotlighted today as the Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) took up questions relating to information.

Despite Limited Funding, Special Political Missions Play Crucial Role, Shoulder Increasingly Complex Mandates, Officials Tell Fourth Committee

12 Oct

Officials and delegates highlighted increasingly complex mandates shouldered by United Nations special political missions, even amid continued budgetary constraints, as the Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) heard introductory statements and questions on that topic today.

Speakers Cite Court Cases on Western Sahara, Express Concern over United Nations Mission’s Mandate, as Fourth Committee Concludes Hearing of Petitioners

11 Oct

Petitioners speaking today on the question of Western Sahara cited court judgments and advisory opinions on Morocco’s relationship to the Territory, while others continued to sound alarms over human rights violations reportedly committed there, as the Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) concluded its hearing of petitioners on decolonization matters.

Speakers Addressing Fourth Committee Report Rights Violations in Tindouf Camps, Differ over Morocco’s Role, Continuing Consideration of Western Sahara

7 Oct

Petitioners described human rights violations faced by women in Sahrawi refugee camps, as the Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) continued its hearing of petitioners on the question of Western Sahara today in the context of its consideration of items related to decolonization.

Speakers Stake Out Diverging Opinions on Western Sahara, French Polynesia, Other Decolonization Questions, as Fourth Committee Continues Work

6 Oct

Petitioners addressing the Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) took a range of positions on the long‑standing question of Western Sahara today, with some decrying the situation as a “rationalization of colonialism”, even as others cited high turnout in a recent legislative election as evidence of the population’s willingness to take part in Morocco’s democratic processes.

Addressing Fourth Committee, Senior Officials Cite Funding Shortfalls Affecting Support to Palestine Refugees, Rights Violations in Occupied Territory

4 Oct

The Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) today heard introductory statements and held interactive discussions on the work of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and the Special Committee tasked with investigating Israeli practices affecting human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, while also beginning its consideration of agenda items related to the issue of decolonization.

Fourth Committee Approves Programme of Work for Seventy-Sixth Session of General Assembly

30 Sep

The Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) approved today its work programme for the seventy‑sixth session of the General Assembly, which covers topics ranging from decolonization of the 17 remaining Non‑Self‑Governing Territories and United Nations peacekeeping operations, to the plight of Palestine refugees and Israel’s practices in the occupied Palestinian and other Arab territories.

Approving Text on Peacekeeping Operations, Fourth Committee Calls for General Assembly’s Endorsement of New Proposals, Recommendations

14 May

The Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization), acting without a vote today, approved a resolution endorsing the latest report of the 34-member Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations — including a raft of recommendations related to mandates, protection and peacekeeper conduct and safety — thereby forwarding them to the General Assembly for adoption.