United Nations General Assembly Resolution 59/173
(December 20, 2004)
The General Assembly,
Recalling the Convention on the Rights of the Child,1
Bearing in mind the conclusion by the International Court of Justice, in its advisory opinion of 9 July 2004, 2 that the Convention on the Rights of the Child is applicable within the Occupied Palestinian Territory,
Recalling the World Declaration on the Survival, Protection and Development of Children and the Plan of Action for Implementing the World Declaration on the Survival, Protection and Development of Children in the 1990s adopted by the World Summit for Children, held in New York on 29 and 30 September 1990, 3
Recalling also the Declaration and Plan of Action adopted by the General Assembly at its twenty-seventh special session, 4
Recalling further the relevant provisions of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, 5
Noting with grave concern that the Palestinian children under Israeli occupation remain deprived of many basic rights under the Convention on the Rights of the Child,
Concerned about the continued grave deterioration of the situation of Palestinian children in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, the severely detrimental impact of the continuing Israeli assaults and sieges on Palestinian cities, towns, villages and refugee camps, and the continuing dire humanitarian crisis on the safety and well-being of Palestinian children,
Concerned also about the severely detrimental impact being caused by the unlawful construction of the wall by Israel, the occupying Power, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including in and around East Jerusalem, and its associated regime, on the socio-economic conditions of Palestinian children and their families and on the enjoyment by Palestinian children of their right to education, to an adequate standard of living, including adequate food, clothing and housing, to health and to be free from hunger, in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights,
Emphasizing the importance of the safety and well-being of all children in the whole Middle East region,
Expressing its condemnation of all acts of violence, resulting in extensive loss of human life and injuries, including among Palestinian children,
Deeply concerned about the negative consequences, including psychological consequences, of the Israeli military actions for the present and future well-being of Palestinian children,
1. Stresses the urgent need for Palestinian children to live a normal life free from foreign occupation, destruction and fear in their own State;
2. Demands , in the meanwhile, that Israel, the occupying Power, respect relevant provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child 1 and comply fully with the provisions of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949,6 in order to ensure the well-being and protection of Palestinian children and their families;
3. Calls upon the international community to provide urgently needed assistance and services in an effort to alleviate the dire humanitarian crisis being faced by Palestinian children and their families and to help in the reconstruction of relevant Palestinian institutions.
74th plenary meeting
20 December 2004
2 See A/ES-10/273 and Corr.1.
3 A/45/625, annex.
4 See resolution S-27/2, annex.
5 See resolution 2200 A (XXI), annex.
6 United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 75, No. 973.
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